Flights to Rostov-na-Donu
Not to be confused with the historic city of Rostov of Yaroslavl Oblast, the city of Rostov-na-Donu (or Rostov-on-Don in English) is situated in Rostov Oblast in the south east of Russia. Rostov-na-Donu is the administrative centre of the oblast, and the second part of its name is derived from the fact that it is set on the Don River.
Flights to Rostov-on-Don Airport (airport code: ROV) usually have 2 connections when coming from South Africa, and take between 15 and 17 hours. The airport is just 9 kilometres outside of the city and easily reachable by taxi. With Lufthansa, the flight to Rostov-na-Donu will go through Frankfurt and Vienna, and British Airways offers a route with connections in London and Moscow. This is also the same route for a flight to Rostov-na-Donu with Virgin Atlantic.
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The Tourist Attractions of Rostov-na-Donu:
A Short History of Rostov-na-Donu
Rostov-on-Don was first established in 1749 as a customs house on the Temernik River, which is a tributary of the Don River. The Customs House helped to control the important trade with Turkey that took place along the Don, and on this route to the Sea of Azov. Shortly after, a fortress was built in the vicinity of the custom house and it was named after Saint Dimitry of Rostov who came from the much older town north of here, known as Rostov the Great. Rostov the Great is an ancient town and major tourist destination, and eventually, to avoid confusion between the two towns, the more southerly town was named Rostov-on-Don, or Rostov-na-Donu in Russian.
This Rostov grew because of its location on the Don River. Its economy thrived and the port grew both in terms of passenger transport and industrial shipping, and because the shipping routes were brining in merchants from other countries the city became quite a cultural melting pot. Grand buildings were constructed though unfortunately the majority of these were lost during World War 2, or prior to this when the Bolsheviks ruled. Today there are some more modern major landmarks, but many of the historical ones have been lost.
Landmarks in Rostov-na-Donu
Two of the city’s cathedrals were destroyed by the Bolsheviks during the Soviet era – St George Cathedral, dating from 1783 to 1807, and Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral dating from 1908, however, Rostov-na-Donu does still feature a cathedral and today it’s a major landmark. This is the Cathedral of Virgin’s Nativity and it was built between 1860 and 1887 and designed by Konstantin Thon, the architect responsible for the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow.
Museums in Rostov-na-Donu
Rostov-na-Donu has a small, yet interesting selection of museums. These include art museums where you can see works from Russian masters including Repin, Surikov and Perov. If you’re interested in finding out more about the history and culture of Rostov-on-Don you can visit the Rostov Regional Local Lore Museum as this covers numerous elements of life in Rostov and the life of the Cossacks.
When Should You Visit?:
Rostov-na-Donu is a very sunny city during the summer months and though it does experience rain showers and fairly high humidity, this is a good time to visit. June, July and August are really quite warm, with average highs ranging between 27 and 29C, and summers are surprisingly long, with warm temperatures in May and September too. From October temperatures start to drop and by January the average high is below freezing.