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Vologda Oblast (Russian: Волого́дская о́бласть, Russian pronunciation: [vəlɐˈɡotskəjə ˈobləsʲtʲ], Vologodskaya oblast) is a federal subject of Russia (an oblast). Area: 145,700 km²; population: 1,269,568 (as of the 2002 Census). Its largest city is Cherepovets, but the administrative center is Vologda.

Vologda Oblast is rich in historic monuments, such as the magnificent Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, Ferapontov Convent (a World Heritage Site), medieval towns of Velikiy Ustyug and Belozersk, baroque churches of Totma and Ustyuzhna, etc.

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Geography

Vologda Oblast borders Arkhangelsk Oblast (N), Kirov Oblast (E), Kostroma Oblast (SE), Yaroslavl Oblast (S), Tver Oblast (SW), Novgorod Oblast (SW), Leningrad Oblast (W), and the Republic of Karelia (NW).

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Time zone

Moscow time zone

Vologda Oblast is located in the Moscow Time Zone (MSK/MSD). UTC offset is +0300 (MSK)/+0400 (MSD).

Demographics

Vital Statistics for 2007: Source

Birth Rate: 11.46 per 1000

Death Rate: 15.86 per 1000

Net Immigration: +0.3 per 1000

NGR: -0.44% per Year

PGR: -0.41% per Year

Administrative divisions

External links

Coordinates: 60°00′N 42°00′E / 60°N 42°E / 60; 42


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Europe : Russia : Northwestern Russia : Vologda Oblast
View of Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery from Lake Kirillov
View of Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery from Lake Kirillov

Vologda Oblast ([1]) is a region in Northwestern Russia, which borders Tver Oblast and Novgorod Oblast to the southwest, Leningrad Oblast to the west, Karelia to the northwest, Arkhangelsk Oblast to the north, Kirov Oblast to the east, Kostroma Oblast to the southeast, and Yaroslavl Oblast to the south.

  • Vologda — the capital has its own kremlin, an important monastery, and lots of other sights to see
  • Belozersk — a small, pretty, medieval town near both the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery and the Ferapontov Convent
  • Cherepovets — the largest city in the region has a long history, several important architectural monuments, and is a major center of the Russian steel industry
  • Kirillov — a small town around the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery
  • Veliky Ustyug — a large medieval town with stunning cathedrals
  • Darwin Nature Reserve
  • Ferapontov Convent — UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery
  • Russian North National Park (Russky Sever)

Understand

Vologda Oblast is spread out, but offers some pretty magnificent sights for the visitor. Sights you won't want to miss include the capital city of Vologda, the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, Russian North National Park, and of course, the Ferapontov Convent.

Talk

See Russian.

Get in

The daily overnight train from Moscow takes 8 hours to get to Vologda and an additional 3 hours to get to Cherepovets. The overnight train from Saint Petersburg to Vologda leaves Ladozhsky Train Station at around 20:00 and arrives 12.5 hours later, around 08:30.

Eat

Vologda's cheese is reportedly Russia's best.

Get out

Trains head north from Vologda to Arkhangelsk and southeast to Kostroma.

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