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Title: Penza
Post by: mendeleyev on January 27, 2009, 10:07:38 PM
Penza (Пе́нза)




Welcome to Penza!
Title: Re: Penza - Пе́нза
Post by: mendeleyev on January 27, 2009, 11:57:25 PM
Penza (Пе́нза)



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Penza is a city in Russia, the administrative center of Penza Oblast in the Volga Federal District. It stands on the Sura River, 625 km south-east of Moscow. The city is served by Penza Airport. Population: 518,025. Penza was founded in 1663 as a frontier outpost on the then southeastern border of Russia. The town bears the name of the river that it was originally built upon. As it was originally a frontier city, most houses were built of wood and the town developed without any master plan. During the 18th century Penza became an important trade center.


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In 1774, Penza was taken by the insurgent army led by Yemelyan Pugachev, because citizens of the town welcomed the rebellious Cossacks into the city. First stone houses started to appear after 1801 and by 1809 Penza's population grew to more than 13,000 people.


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During the Russian Civil War, the Czechoslovak Legions raised an anti-Bolshevik uprising in Penza. During the Soviet period the city developed as a regional industrial center. The Ural mainframe was made here between 1959 and 1964.


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Currently, the city of Penza is seen as a regional center for higher education. It has six universities (The Penza State University, The Pedagogic University, The Academy of Agriculture, The Technology Institute, the Institute of Civil Building and The Artillery and Engineering Institute), 13 colleges and 77 public schools. Besides this, Penza is home to three theatres, four museums, and three art galleries.


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Listen to Penza radio:
http://delicast.com/radio/Russia/Most_Radio
Title: Re: Penza
Post by: froid on January 28, 2009, 07:27:28 AM
I've been there!  :)

One interesting thing I read about Penza somewhere is that 12km to the east is Zarechny, previously known as Penza-19, which was one of the places that used to build nukes and was a closed city to everyone but workers there.  It has since turned into a dissassembly plant for nukes as well and stores some of Russia's checmical weapons as well. 

They also make a pretty good beer.  Penza beer. 
Title: Re: Penza
Post by: mendeleyev on January 28, 2009, 08:38:28 AM
Froid, thanks for the heads up!  Look what we found with a little surfing.....


From the "we didn't make this up ourselves department, read this review for Penza Beer:
Sold in green bottles, this 12-degree lager is labeled "Real russian beer is manufactured using original 1992 technology." Who can argue? Light gold in color, the aroma begins with a light hoppiness that is joined by a perfumy character. Coming in at 4.8 percent alcohol, the light body is accompanied by a creamy mouthfeel and an even flavor balance where a light maltiness is matched to a subtle hoppy flavor to produce a pleasant "light lager." The half-liter bottles are freshness dated, with some found being sold in the very month notched. The label proclaims "Original Russian Beer" and sports a UPC barcode.

(Whoa, a bar code! Holey Moley, what will they think of next!)


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.....now where was that trip planner......  8)
Title: Re: Penza
Post by: froid on January 28, 2009, 10:16:23 AM
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"Real russian beer is manufactured using original 1992 technology."

Heh...reminds me of the pub in Tallin...Hell's Hunt is it called?   "Estonia's oldest pub. Est 1991"

Title: Re: Penza
Post by: Link on February 06, 2009, 12:16:21 PM
Penza (Пе́нза).....................................  it seems to me like it was yesterday when I was there ....................... (http://ruadventures.com/forum/index.php?topic=5380.0)