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Monument in Oryol

Ivan The Terrible Monument

Unveiled in late 2016, Russia's first monument to the formidable 16th-century tsar, Ivan the Terrible, has caused plenty of controversy. Locals protested against the plans for months and the planned location was mov…
Museum in Oryol

Ivan Bunin Museum

There’s a good collection of photos and other documents relating to the Nobel Prize–winning writer (no English captions, however), plus a 'Paris Room’ devoted to his years as an emigrant, including the bed in which …
Square in Oryol

Ploshchad Mira

The southern end of ‘Peace Square’ is easily identified by its WWII tank memorial, one of the original involved in liberating Oryol from German occupation in August 1943. Note the hammer-and-sickle symbols on the pa…
Sports Bar in Oryol

Bar Boris

Boris' tiered, polished wood parliament-style bench seating, aimed at a cinema-sized sports TV screen, is the ultimate in sports bars. The long dark-wood bar, beers from around the world and tasty food – bratwurst, …
Museum in Oryol

Military History Museum

This detailed museum covers military history through the years, including the Napoleonic War, Russian Civil War, WWI and WWII, as well as more recent conflicts, such as in Afghanistan and Chechnya. Displays include …
Gastropub in Oryol

Kakhovka

With its exposed light bulbs, bright industrial decor and warehouse feel, Kakhovka could fit in comfortably somewhere in Brooklyn. Chargrilled meats feature on the menu along with burgers. Russian craft beer fills t…
Pub in Oryol

Pint House

When the weekend comes, this is Oryol's premier party place, with quaffing crowds going bonkers to live bands. The rest of the time, it is a fairly distinguished watering hole, with gentlemen's-lounge-style booths, …
Pub in Oryol

Chester Pub

Decorated with bulldog statuettes, Union Jack flags and portraits of QEII and Churchill, this baronial-sized pub attempts to re-create a bit of England. Rounding out the picture is a tempting selection of their own …
Pub in Oryol

Bridge Bar

Heading down pedestrianised ul Lenina away from pl Lenina, on the right before you hit the bridge, you'll find this cosy basement beer bar with stuffed animals on the wall and a flip-book menu of Russian craft beer.…
European in Oryol

3 Etazh

Excellent thin-crust pizzas, topped waffles and filling sandwiches are just the start of the great things about this whimsical cafe. Vegetarians will find some solace here, with actual meals designed just for them.