Aerial view of the port of Taganrog (2006)
Aerial view of the port of Taganrog (2006)
Flag of Taganrog
Coat of arms of Taganrog
Coat of arms
Anthem: Anthem of Taganrog[2]
Location of Taganrog
Taganrog is located in Rostov Oblast
Location of Taganrog
Taganrog is located in European Russia
Taganrog (European Russia)
Taganrog is located in Europe
Taganrog (Europe)
Coordinates: 47°13′N 38°55′E / 47.217°N 38.917°E / 47.217; 38.917Coordinates: 47°13′N 38°55′E / 47.217°N 38.917°E / 47.217; 38.917
Federal subjectRostov Oblast[1]
FoundedSeptember 12, 1698[3]
City status since1775[4]
 • BodyCity Duma[5]
 • Head[5]Andrey Lisitsky[6]
 • Total80 km2 (30 sq mi)
30 m (100 ft)
 • Total257,681
 • Estimate 
249,848 (−3%)
 • Rank72nd in 2010
 • Density3,200/km2 (8,300/sq mi)
 • Subordinated toTaganrog Urban Okrug[1]
 • Capital ofTaganrog Urban Okrug[1]
 • Urban okrugTaganrog Urban Okrug[10]
 • Capital ofTaganrog Urban Okrug[10]
Time zoneUTC+3 (MSK Edit this on Wikidata[11])
Postal code(s)[12]
347900, 347902, 347904, 347905, 347909, 347910, 347913, 347916, 347919, 347922–347924, 347927, 347928, 347930–347932, 347935, 347936, 347939, 347942, 347943, 347949, 347990
Dialing code(s)+7 8634
OKTMO ID60737000001
City DaySeptember 12[3]
Taganrog population
2010 Census257,681[8]
2002 Census281,947[13]
1989 Census291,622[14]
1979 Census276,444[15]

Taganrog (Russian: Таганрог, IPA: [təɡɐnˈrok]) is a port city in Rostov Oblast, Russia, on the north shore of the Taganrog Bay in the Sea of Azov, several kilometers west of the mouth of the Don River. As of the 2010 Census, its population was 257,681;[8] the latest official estimate (as at 1 January 2019) was 248,664.[16]

History of Taganrog[]

The history of the city goes back to late Bronze Age–early Iron Age (between the 20th and 10th centuries BC), when it was the earliest Greek settlement in the northwestern Black Sea Region and was mentioned by the Greek historian Herodotus as Emporion Kremnoi.[17] In the 13th century Pisan merchants founded a colony, Portus Pisanus, which however was short-lived.[18] Taganrog was founded by Peter the Great on September 12, 1698.[3] The first Russian Navy base, it hosted the Azov Flotilla of Catherine the Great (1770–1783), which subsequently became the Russian Black Sea Fleet. Taganrog was granted city status in 1775.[4]

By the end of the 18th century, Taganrog had lost its importance as a military base after Crimea and the entire Sea of Azov were absorbed into the Russian Empire. In 1802, Tsar Alexander I granted the city special status, which lasted until 1887. In 1825, the Alexander I Palace in Taganrog was used as his summer residence, and he died there in November 1825. Also in Taganrog is the House of Teacher, a mansion where numerous artists have performed. Although it had been bombarded and damaged by an Anglo-French fleet in 1855,[18] Taganrog became important as a commercial port, used for the import and export of grain by the end of the 19th century until the early 20th century. Industrialization increased in the city when Belgian and German investors founded a boiler factory, an iron and steel foundry, a leather factory, and an oil press factory. By 1911, fifteen foreign consulates had opened in the city.[19]

During World War I, Taganrog was occupied by the troops of the German Army from May until August 1918. In 1919, General Anton Denikin established his headquarters at the Avgerino mansion in the city while commanding White Russian troops fighting in South Russia during the Russian Civil War. When the White Russians were defeated and Bolshevik power was established in the city on December 25, 1919, Denikin's remaining troops and the British Consulate were evacuated by HMS Montrose. Full power was granted to the Executive Committee of The City Soviet Workers' council on December 17, 1920, and Taganrog briefly joined the Ukrainian SSR as the administrative center of Taganrog Okrug, until it was transferred to the Russian SFSR along with Shakhty Okrug on October 1, 1924. During World War II, Taganrog was occupied by Nazi Germany from 1941 to 1943 during Operation Barbarossa, when two SS divisions entered the city on October 17, 1941, followed by Wehrmacht divisions, with the city suffering extensive damage. The occupation led to the local government system being replaced by German-style Bürgermeisteramt (Mayor's Office), which governed the city until it was liberated by the Red Army on August 30, 1943.

Administrative and municipal status[]

Within the framework of administrative divisions, it is incorporated as Taganrog Urban Okrug—an administrative unit with the status equal to that of the districts.[1] As a municipal division, this administrative unit also has urban okrug status.[10]


The climate of Taganrog is temperate (Köppen climate classification Cfb). Taganrog experiences moderately cold (mild by Russian standards) winters and hot summers.

Climate data for Taganrog
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 0.1
Daily mean °C (°F) −2.6
Average low °C (°F) −5.5
Average precipitation mm (inches) 43
Source: Rostov-meteo.ru[20]


Taganrog is the leading industrial center of Rostov Oblast. Local industry is represented by aerospace, machine-building, automobile, military, iron and steel industry, engineering, metal traders and processors, timber, woodwork, pulp and paper, food, light, chemical and industry of construction materials, and one of the major ports of the Sea of Azov.

The biggest company currently operating in Taganrog is Taganrog Metallurgical Plant (publicly traded company Tagmet), which manufactures steel, steel pipe, for oil and gas industry and consumer goods. The other major employer is Taganrog Auto Factory (TagAZ Ltd.), which originated from Taganrog Combine Harvester Factory. The plant manufactures automobiles licensed by Hyundai. The production line includes Hyundai Accent compact sedan, mid-size Hyundai Sonata, sport utility vehicle Santa Fe, and Hyundai Porter pickup truck.

Taganrog is also home to the aircraft design bureau Beriev.

The area around Taganrog has a large industrial potential, a diversified agricultural industry, production plants, and a modern infrastructure. The location of Taganrog on the intersection of traffic routes and the seaport facilitate access to the emerging CIS markets.

Taganrog's main trading partners are the CIS countries, South Korea, Turkey, Italy, Greece, and Egypt.


Alferaki Palace on Frunze Street

The Taganrog air base is 3.6 miles (5.8 km) to the northwest of the city and hosts the Taganrog Aviation Museum. The city also hosts the Taganrog military museum.

Higher education[]

Taganrog in literature[]

The Assumption Cathedral in Taganrog, Russia (1818–1938), where Anton Chekhov was christened on February 10, 1860

The image of the city and its people is featured in numerous Anton Chekhov works, including Ionych, The House with an Attic, The Man in a Shell, Van'ka, Three Years, Mask, and My Life. It is believed that Taganrog's image may be used as Lukomorye (fairy tale land) in Alexander Pushkin's Ruslan and Lyudmila (1820).[citation needed] It also appeared in the novels of Ivan Vasilenko and Konstantin Paustovsky and in the poems of Nikolay Sherbina and Valentin Parnakh.

The conspiratorial legend of "Elder Fyodor Kuzmich" is cited in the book Roza Mira by Russian mystic Daniil Andreyev. According to this legend, the Russian tsar Alexander I did not die in Taganrog, but instead left his crown and the status of monarch to continue his life as a traveling hermit.[citation needed]

In foreign literature, the city was mentioned in the titles of Der Tote von Taganrog by Eberhard von Cranach-Sichart and Taganrog by Reinhold Schneider.

In 2004 Sabine Wichert published a collection of poems titled Taganrog.

In Maria Kuncewiczowa's 1945 novel "The Stranger" (New York, LB Fischer publisher), the city of Taganrog plays an essential role as a place of nostalgic happiness for the uprooted Polish musician and matriarch, Rose.

Notable people[]

Birth house of Faina Ranevskaya

Numerous Russian and international aristocrats, politicians, artists, and scientists were born and/or have lived in Taganrog. Taganrog is the native city of Anton Chekhov, Faina Ranevskaya, Sophia Parnok, Alexandre Koyré, Isaac Yakovlevich Pavlovsky, and Dmitri Sinodi-Popov; names of Russian emperors Peter I of Russia and Alexander I of Russia; Cornelius Cruys, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Adolph Brodsky, Konstantin Paustovsky, Nestor Kukolnik, Achilles Alferaki, Ioannis Varvakis, Sergei Bondarchuk, William Frederick Yeames and many other famous people are brought to mind when Taganrog is mentioned.[citation needed]

Twin towns – sister cities[]

Taganrog is twinned with:[21]

See also[]



  1. ^ a b c d e Law #340-ZS
  2. ^ Decision #537
  3. ^ a b c Charter of Taganrog, Article 2
  4. ^ a b Энциклопедия Города России. Moscow: Большая Российская Энциклопедия. 2003. pp. 454–455. ISBN 5-7107-7399-9.
  5. ^ a b Charter of Taganrog, Article 12
  6. ^ Official website of Taganrog. Andrey Vladimirovich Lisitsky, Head of the Administration of the City of Taganrog (in Russian)
  7. ^ Official website of Taganrog. Information About Taganrog (in Russian)
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  10. ^ a b c Law #190-ZS
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  16. ^ Federal State Statistics Service Russia (web).
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  20. ^ "Rostov-meteo.ru". Retrieved April 17, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  21. ^ "Города - партнеры". tagancity.ru (in Russian). Taganrog. Retrieved February 5, 2020.


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