Orel Travel Guide

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Orel is one of the oldest Russian cities located on the Oka River with a long and dramatic history. It was founded in 1564 by Ivan IV as a defense post against Mongol invasions. During World War II it was badly damaged.

Orel now is a capital center of the Orel oblast. It is known for hosting a famous Russian writer Ivan Turgenev, who spent his childhood there. The house that he lived in is now turned into museum.

Orel is a center of agricultural trade. Manufactures include machinery, clothing, flour, and beer.

See also other Russian cities:

Irkutsk Kazan Kizhi Moscow Murmansk Novgorod Novosibirsk Pyatigorsk St_Petersburg Suzdal Tula Ulyanovsk Vladimir Vladivostok Yakutsk

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