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Belgorod

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Things to do: sightseeing, museums, parks
Belgorod is a city and the administrative center of Belgorod Oblast, Russia, located on the Seversky Donets River just 40km north of the border with Ukraine. Population:HistoryThe name Belgorod in Russian literally means "a white city", being a compound of "" and "" . The city was thus named after the region being rich in limestone. Etymologically, it corresponds to other Slavic city names of identical meaning: Belgrade, Belogradchik, Białogard, Biograd, Bilhorod, Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi etc.The settlement was first mentioned in 1237, when it was ravaged by the hordes of Batu Khan. It is unclear whether this Belgorod was located at the same place where the current city is. In 1596, it was re-founded by the order of Feodor Ioannovich as one of numerous forts set up to defend Southern borders from the Crimean Tatars. In the 17th century it suffered repeatedly from Tatar incursions, against which there was built an earthen wall, with twelve forts, extending upwards of 200 miles from the Vorskla to the Don, and called the Byelgorod line. In 1666, an archiepiscopal see was established in the town.
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