Top Choice Cathedral in Smolensk

Assumption Cathedral

Dominating the skyline is this huge green-and-white working cathedral topped by five silver domes. A church has stood here since 1101; this one was built in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Even more splendid…
Top Choice Gallery in Smolensk

Art Gallery

Housed in a beautiful building with wrought-iron staircases, this splendid collection includes pieces by luminaries such as Valentin Serov, Ilya Repin and Vasily Tropinin, as well as a good sampling of socialist rea…
Museum in Smolensk


In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, illustrious artists and musicians, including Stravinsky, Chaliapin, Vrubel and Serov, visited Flyonovo, the pretty riverside estate of art lover Princess Maria Tenisheva, n…
Historic Site in Smolensk

Fortress Walls & Around

Making a circuit of the restored city walls, long sections of which boast fine towers reminiscent of the Moscow Kremlin, is a pleasant way to pass a warm summer evening, with parks, various monuments and churches to…
Park in Smolensk

Glinka Garden

At the east end of this shady garden with fountains, an 1885 statue of the composer Glinka is surrounded by a fence with excerpts from his opera A Life for the Tsar wrought into the iron. Opposite is the concert hal…
Museum in Smolensk

Smolensk WWII Museum

This comprehensive museum covers WWII in the Smolensk area from the beginning of the war and occupation by the Nazis to the region's liberation. Displays (captions in Russian) include weaponry, military uniforms, me…
Museum in Smolensk

Smolensk Flax Museum

Flax production developed from the Middle Ages as one of Smolensk’s main industries, as the moderate climate sustained soil ideal for growing the plant. Exhibits here will give you some idea of how the process works…
Museum in Smolensk

History Museum

This gorgeous mustard-coloured building is home to a range of different galleries over two floors, covering natural and local history. Displays include medieval knight armory, a 26kg gold-plated bible and a wooly ma…
Museum in Smolensk


Located at the estate of Flyonovo, this ornately decorative wooden house, covered with peasant-style carving, is now a folk-art museum with a lot of woodcarving on display.
Museum in Smolensk

In the World of Fairytales Museum

One for the kids, where they've smashed the boring don't-touch rules. It's a small creative space with activities and interactive exhibits based on Russian fairy tales. Even scary-looking Baba Yaga is there. It has …