Tambov is a small city in Russia of 292,000 and the administrative center of Tambov Oblast. It is located at the confluence of the Tsna and Studenets Rivers. It is served by Tambov Donskoye Airport and is also home to Tambov air base.
The name "Tambov" originates from a Moksha language word meaning wetland. It was founded by the decree of tsar Mikhail Fyodorovich on April 17, 1636 (old style). Originally built as a border fortress against Crimean Tatars Tambov
Monument to Archbishop Luka.
Great Patriotic War flame.
In November 1830 during the Cholera Riots in Russia the citizens of Tambov attacked their governor, but they were soon suppressed by the regular army. In the 19th century Tambov grew into a significant cultural center with a number of schools, libraries and institutions established there, and by 1897 more than 50,000 people lived in Tambov.
Between 1920 and 1921, the region around Tambov was the place of the Tambov rebellion—a bitter struggle between local residents and Bolshevik Red Army.
Today Tambov is a large Russian industrial and cultural center. The Tambov Art Gallery houses a vast collection of canvases by Russian and West-European artists. Russia's oldest drama theater is located in Tambov, as well as two universities, two military colleges, a musical school, a museum of local lore and other cultural institutions.