|Federal subject||Penza Oblast|
|• Body||City Duma|
|• Head||Viktor Kuvaytsev|
|Elevation||150 m (490 ft)|
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||34th in 2010|
|• Subordinated to||city of oblast significance of Penza|
|• Capital of||Penza Oblast, city of oblast significance of Penza|
|• Urban okrug||Penza Urban Okrug|
|• Capital of||Penza Urban Okrug|
|Time zone||UTC+3 (MSK )|
440000, 440001, 440003–440005, 440007–440009, 440011–440015, 440018, 440020, 440022, 440023, 440025, 440026, 440028, 440031–440035, 440039, 440040, 440042, 440044–440047, 440049, 440052, 440054, 440056, 440058, 440060–440062, 440064, 440066–440068, 440071, 440072, 440700, 440890, 440899, 440960, 440961, 440999
|Dialing code(s)||+7 8412|
Penza (Russian: Пе́нза, IPA: [ˈpʲɛnzə]) is the largest city and administrative center of Penza Oblast, Russia. It's located on the Sura River, 625 kilometers (388 mi) southeast of Moscow. As of the 2010 Census, Penza had a population of 517,311, making it the 38th-largest city in Russia.
This central quarter occupies the territory on which the wooden fortress Penza was once located, therefore it is sometimes called the Serf. The architectural concept of the old fortress, erected on the eastern slope of the mountain above the river, predetermined the direction of the first streets. The direction and location of the first streets were set by the passage towers of the fortress and the orientation of its walls. This is how the first six streets of the city were formed. Subsequently, the names were fixed to them: Governor's, Lekarskaya, Moscow, Nikolskaya, Sadovaya and Teatralnaya.
An important element of the urban development of the city is that the square of the fortress created a network of streets converging at right angles. Initially, there was no proper harmony in them. Often the difficult terrain of the area forced the direction and width of the road to change. Here and there, spontaneous development took shape. Nevertheless, the urban planning matrix was created and predetermined the development of the city for several centuries. During the reign of Empress Catherine II, the first general plan of Penza was drawn up, it was approved on October 6, 1785. The city was rebuilt anew in accordance with the rectilinear structure of St. Petersburg. The plan of the city, in its central part practically did not change, as it fully complied with the new norms of Russian urban planning. The mutually perpendicular orientation of the streets and the accompanying division of the urban environment into standard quarters was the original and distinctive feature of Penza. Perhaps Penza owes this to its first builders, who are well acquainted with the European urban planning trends of the 17th century - the German Joseph von Sommer (Lieutenant Colonel of the Moscow Service Osip Zumerovsky) and the Polish nobleman Yuri Kotransky. At the end of the next 18th century, in the process of implementing Catherine's master plan for Penza, only some sections of the old streets were straightened, the standard width of the roadway and sidewalks was set. The redevelopment of the city was preceded by the resettlement of the serving suburban population from the center to suburban villages and wastelands. Newly carved quarters of the Upland part of the city, more comfortable for living, were inhabited by the nobility and eminent merchants. Initially, the fortress was not only a defense complex, but also the administrative center of a vast region. On that place the governor, archives, treasury, prison, arsenal and other instruments of the regional statehood were settled. In the fortress there was the main cathedral of the region – Spassky and the main square of the city – Cathedral. In accordance with the General Plan of 1785, the dilapidated fortress, trading rows and philistine buildings adjacent to its walls were dismantled. As a result of clearing, the posadskaya Nikolskaya church came out of the environment of spontaneous buildings and acquired a harmonious look, becoming a true decoration of the city.
For several years, on the territory of the central quarter and adjacent streets, state-owned stone buildings were complexly erected: the bishop's courtyard, the governor's residence, the assembly of the nobility and two buildings of public places (7.1 and 7.4).) By the beginning of the 20th century, private residential There are no buildings left in the Fortress Quarter of the city. In the Fortress Quarter there is also a special administrative street of the city – the Line of Public Places, passing from Sadovaya to Moskovskaya, bypassing the Spassky Cathedral. It has never had and still does not have residential buildings. the eastern earthen rampart of the old Penza fortress The ancient defensive rampart runs along the western side of Kirov Street (on this section, Kirov Street was formerly called Teatralnaya Street).
Penza was founded as a Russian frontier fortress-city, and to this day, remnants of the Lomovskaya sentry line built in 1640 have been preserved at the western edge of the city, and remains of earth ramparts dating from the mid-16th century are preserved in the city center. Until 1663, Penza was a wooden stockade with only a small settlement. In May 1663, the architect Yuri Kontransky arrived in Penza on the Tsar's orders to direct the construction of a fortress city, as part of a wider fortress building program to protect Russia from attacks by Crimean Tatars. The initial construction consisted of a wooden Kremlin, a village, and quarters for the nobility, small tradesmen, and merchants. The Muscovite government placed the Cossacks here, who constructed a fortress and called it "Cherkassy Ostroh", from which the regional city of Penza has developed, thanks to the arrival of new settlers, particularly Russians. The Cossack roots of the city and its first settlers are now remembered in the names of Cherkasskaya street, along with the "Cherkassy" historical district.
In 1774, the insurgent army led by Yemelyan Pugachev occupied Penza after the citizens of the city welcomed the rebellious Cossacks. The first stone houses started to appear after 1801, and by 1809 Penza's population had grown to more than 13,000 people.
In 1918, Vladimir Lenin sent a telegram to communists in the Penza area, complaining about the "insurrection of five kulak districts". He urged the public hanging of 100 "landlords, richmen, bloodsuckers", grain seizure, and hostage-taking. This telegram has been used in several historical works on the period and on Lenin. During the Russian Civil War, the Czechoslovak Legions launched 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.
Administrative and municipal status
Penza is the administrative center of the oblast. Within the framework of administrative divisions, it is incorporated as the city of oblast significance of Penza—an administrative unit with a status equal to that of the districts. As a municipal division, the city of oblast significance of Penza is incorporated as Penza Urban Okrug.
Penza is a major railway junction and lies on the M5 highway linking Moscow and Chelyabinsk. Penza Airport serves domestic flights. Local public transport includes buses, trolleybuses and marshrutkas (routed taxis).
Education and culture
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 University of Architecture and Construction, and the Artillery and Engineering Institute), 13 colleges and 77 public schools. Penza's largest repertoire threater is Penza Oblast Drama Theater named after A. V. Lunacharsky.  Another prominent and unique theater is the Theater of Doctor Dapertutto, founded by Natalia Kugel and located in the former home of Russian theater director Vsevolod Meyerhold. Besides this, Penza is home to four museums, and three art galleries including The Museum of One Painting named after G. V. Myasnikov.
Facilities of higher education include:
- Penza State University
- Penza State Pedagogical University (unified with Penza State University in 2012)
- Penza State University of Architecture and Construction
- Penza Artillery Engineering Institute
- Penza State Technological Academy
- Penza State Agricultural University
- Penza branch of the Moscow's Institute of Economics, Management and Law
- Penza branch of the Russian State University of Innovative Technologies and Entrepreneurship
Penza has a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb) with long, cold winters and warm summers. A heat wave in the months of June, July, and August 2010, raised temperatures from previous norms often by 15 °C (27 °F) in Penza. Some of the higher fluctuations in temperatures were recorded with seven straight days of temperatures +40 °C (104 °F) and higher compared to the previous year where the higher temperatures for the same period were, on average, 20 °C (36 °F) lower.
|Climate data for Penza (1981–2010)|
|Record high °C (°F)||7.0
|Average high °C (°F)||−5.5
|Daily mean °C (°F)||−8.7
|Average low °C (°F)||−11.9
|Record low °C (°F)||−39.9
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||38
|Average rainy days||6||5||7||13||16||19||18||16||17||17||12||8||154|
|Average snowy days||26||22||16||5||1||0.1||0||0||0.3||5||17||25||117|
|Average relative humidity (%)||84||82||79||68||61||67||69||70||73||79||86||85||75|
The city football team FC Zenit Penza was established in 1918 but now plays in the Russian Amateur League. Penza has also a professional rugby union club, Imperia-Dynamo Penza, from Russia's Professional Rugby League.
- Denis Ablyazin, world and Olympic medalist in artistic gymnastics
- Sergey Andronov, ice hockey player
- Aleksandr Golikov, ice hockey player
- Vladimir Golikov, ice hockey player
- Nikolai Ishutin, utopian socialist
- Victor Karpov, diplomat
- Klim Kostin, ice hockey player
- Alexander Kozhevnikov, ice hockey player
- Natalia Lavrova, world and Olympic champion in rhythmic gymnastics
- Aristarkh Lentulov, avant-garde artist
- Mikhail Lermontov, poet, grew up in nearby manor of Tarkhany
- Andreï Makine, author
- Alexander Medvedkin, film director
- Yuri Moiseev, ice hockey player
- Vsevolod Meyerhold, actor and directоr
- Ivan Mozzhukhin, silent film actor
- Vasily Pervukhin, ice hockey player
- Sergei Svetlov, ice hockey player
- Sergei Yashin, ice hockey player
- Lavrenty Zagoskin, explorer of Alaska
Twin towns – sister cities
- Békéscsaba, Hungary (1970)
- Busan, South Korea (2007)
- Lanzhou, China
- Ramat Gan, Israel (2007)
- Mogilev, Belarus (2008)
- Center of Theatrical Arts «House of Meyerhold»
- Penza Planetarium
- List of largest cuckoo clocks
- Messi (cougar)
- Law #774-ZPO
- Article 2 of the Charter of Penza states that the city may have an anthem, providing one is adopted by the City Duma. As of 2015[update], no anthem has been adopted.
- Большая Советская Энциклопедия (Great Soviet Encyclopedia). Гл. ред. А. М. Прохоров, 3-е изд. Т. 19. Отоми — Пластырь. 1975. 648 стр., илл.; 29 л. илл. и карт. "Город основан в 1663 году как крепость на юго-восточной окраине Русского царства."
- Charter of Penza, Article 18
- Official website of Penza. Biography of Viktor Nikolayevich Kuvaytsev, Head of Penza (in Russian)
- Russian Federal State Statistics Service (2011). Всероссийская перепись населения 2010 года. Том 1 [2010 All-Russian Population Census, vol. 1]. Всероссийская перепись населения 2010 года [2010 All-Russia Population Census] (in Russian). Federal State Statistics Service.
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- Law #690-ZPO
- "Об исчислении времени". Официальный интернет-портал правовой информации (in Russian). June 3, 2011. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
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- Старая Пенза
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- "An exchange of letters on the BBC documentary Lenin's Secret Files"
- Telegram to the Penza Gubernia Executive Committee of the Soviets in J. Brooks and G. Chernyavskiy's, p.77, Lenin and the Making of the Soviet State: A Brief History with Documents (2007). Bedford/St Martin's: Boston and New York: p.77
- Translation of 'hanging order' by Robert Service, p. 365, Lenin a Biography (2000). London: Macmillan
- "Пензенский областной драматический театр имени А. В. Луначарского". www.penzateatr.ru. Retrieved January 20, 2021.
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- "Weather and Climate-The Climate of Penza" (in Russian). Weather and Climate (Погода и климат). Retrieved April 4, 2016.
- FIM Sidecarcross World Championship – 2010 Calendar Archived August 12, 2011, at the Wayback Machine FIM website, accessed: October 30, 2009
- Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – p. 264. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
- "Города-побратимы". documents.penza-gorod.ru (in Russian). Penza. Retrieved February 2, 2020.
- "Official site of Penza". Archived from the original on July 15, 2009. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
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- "Ramat Gan sister cities". Ramat-gan.info. July 19, 2007. Archived from the original on November 4, 2013. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
- Законодательное Собрание Пензенской области. Закон №774-ЗПО от 9 марта 2005 г. «Об административно-территориальном устройстве Пензенской области», в ред. Закона №2484-ЗПО от 28 ноября 2013 г. «О внесении изменений в статью 15 Закона Пензенской области "Об административно-территориальном устройстве Пензенской области"». Вступил в силу через десять дней после дня официального опубликования. Опубликован: "Пензенские губернские ведомости", №6, стр. 49, 18 марта 2005 г. (Legislative Assembly of Penza Oblast. Law #774-ZPO of March 9, 2005 On the Administrative-Territorial Structure of Penza Oblast, as amended by the Law #2484-ZPO of November 28, 2013 On Amending Article 15 of the Law of Penza Oblast "On the Administrative-Territorial Structure of Penza Oblast". Effective as of the day ten days after the day of the official publication.).
- Законодательное Собрание Пензенской области. Закон №690-ЗПО от 2 ноября 2004 г. «О границах муниципальных образований Пензенской области», в ред. Закона №2681-ЗПО от 4 марта 2015 г. «О внесении изменений в Закон Пензенской области "О границах муниципальных образований Пензенской области"». Вступил в силу через 10 дней после официального опубликования. Опубликован: "Пензенские губернские ведомости", №17 (без приложения), 16 ноября 2004 г. (Legislative Assembly of Penza Oblast. Law #690-ZPO of November 2, 2004 On the Borders of the Municipal Formations of Penza Oblast, as amended by the Law #2681-ZPO of March 4, 2015 On Amending the Law of Penza Oblast "On the Borders of the Municipal Formations of Penza Oblast". Effective as of after 10 days from the official publication.).