The oldest town in the Rostov Region, Azov was a Greek colony, a part of the Khazar Khaganate and of a Slavic principality, a Golden Horde town, a Venetian and Genovese colony known as Tana, and then the Turkish fortress Azak. Its geographical position on the Don River just 16 km from the Sea of Azov made it strategically important for the growing Russian Empire in the north and the powerful Ottoman Empire in the south. After a century of wars and sieges which left the fortress in ruins the land was officially declared a part of the Russian Empire. Today, Azov is a quiet port town with the remnants of a medieval fortress and one of the largest museums in the South of Russia distinguished by its paleontological collection featuring the world's only complete skeleton of a Trogontherium mammoth.






Azov Fortress

Azov Museum

Powder Cellar


Soho Grand Hotel

Get There
By Bus:
There's frequent bus service between Rostov-on-Don and Azov with buses leaving every 30min. It takes just over an hour to arrive to Azov. Buses depart from the main bus station in Rostov, located opposite the railway station.
Get Around

Azov is a small town. The fortress, the Powder Cellar and the Azov museum are situated close to each other. It takes around 20min to walk from the Azov bus station to the fortress.