Volga Federal District
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Federal district: Volga Federal District.
Main cities: Balakovo and Engels.
Land and Resources: Saratov Region is one of the largest regions of European Russia. Saratov Region borders on Penza, Ulyanovsk, Samara, Orenburg, Volgograd, Voronezh, and Tambov regions, as well as Kazakhstan.
Climate: It has a favorable temperate continental climate characterized by snowy winters and hot, dry summers.
Transportation: Saratov is a major port on the Volga River. The region`s geographical location favors the development of a high-capacity regional transportation system. Modern airliners will convey you and your cargo to any point within Russia and beyond. The Volga Railway connects the region with the center of Russia, the Urals, Siberia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. Water routes link Saratov with Moscow, the Western Urals, the Baltic States, and the Black and White seas.
The administrative center is the city of Saratov, located in a scenic basin of the Volga Uplands.
The rich cultural traditions of Saratov Province have allowed the cities of Saratov, Balashov, Khvalynsk, Marks, Pugachev, and Petrovsk to be included among Russia`s historic sites.
Saratov is also famous for its Radischev Art Museum, named after Alexander Radishchev. The Radishchev State Art Museum in Saratov has a superb collection of Old Russian, European, Russian Avant-Garde, and Soviet art. Connoisseurs call it the Volga Hermitage. It contains more than 20,000 exhibits, including works by some of the finest Russian painters, from Russian icons to Aleksandra Ekster, Pavel Kuznetsov, Aristarkh Lentulov, Robert Falk, Pyotr Konchalovsky, Martiros Saryan, Fyodor Rokotov .
Saratov Region attracts both business people and tourists. Fresh air and inviting nature have favored the development of holiday homes, health resorts, sports and recreation clubs, and tourist centers. The most popular holiday center is Tantal.
This unique fusion of European cultures influenced the city`s architecture. The downtown area preserves a large number of private residences and administrative buildings constructed in the provincial modern, pseudogothic, and Moscow baroque styles of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The buildings of the university campus (built in the finest European tradition), the Covered Market (similar to the Paris market), and the conservatory are particularly striking.
Up to 1917, Saratov was also considered the Volga region`s largest religious center. An independent diocese (eparchy) and a bishopric functioned here; and Saratov was second only to St. Petersburg in the number of churches of different denominations. The city had more than 70 churches, chapels, and monasteries, 5 of which operate today. One of these is Trinity (Troitsky) Cathedral, the oldest architectural monument of the late 17th century.
The Saratov Planetarium began operating in May 1948 in the building of the Alleviate My Sorrows (Utoli moi pechali) Church.
Saratov is one of Russia`s most important cultural centers. Its theaters have already played and continue to play an enormous role in educating the people of Saratov and introducing them to the world of art and literature. Saratov residents especially enjoy the Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, the Academic Drama Theater, the Young People`s Theater (the first in Russia), the puppet theater, the oldest circus in Russia, and the Academic Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.
One of the city`s most prominent landmarks is the 19th century neo-Gothic Conservatory. When it was built in 1912, the Conservatory was Russia`s third such institution (after Moscow and St. Petersburg).
The town of Petrovsk is an old merchant town, founded in 1698 and visited by Peter the Great in 1707. There are a lot of historical buildings: churches, the railway station, the hospital, Ustinov manor are all architectural monuments
the Bridge wich connects Saratov and Engels Saratov.
the temple «Satisfy mine grieves».
The Saratov Balneal clinic
the Saratov conservatorySources:
Encarta World Atlas
http://www.gov.saratov.ru - Official Site of the Administration of Saratov Region: