Статья “Смоленск” в энциклопедии “Britannica”.

    Encyclopædia Britannica. Smolensk. Russia. Written by: The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. Read, edit. view history, feedback; search.
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    « … Smolensk is one of the oldest and most historic of Russian cities, dating back to the 9th century, but the ravages of war (particularly World War II) have left few of its ancient churches and other buildings extant. …

    Several historic churches survive and have now been restored, including the 12th-century Churches of Saints Peter and Paul and the Cathedral of the Assumption (17th–18th century). Parts of the old city walls also survive.

 

 

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….Smolensk has engineering, linen, and other light industries as well as medical, veterinary, teacher-training, and physical-training institutes. Pop. (2006 est.) 317,915. …».

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