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Зарайск (Russian)
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Гостиный двор (торговые ряды) (Москва и Московская область, Зарайск, Революции площадь) август 2012.jpg
Gostiny Dvor in Zaraysk
Map of Russia - Moscow Oblast (2008-03).svg
Location of Moscow Oblast in Russia
Zaraysk is located in Moscow Oblast
Location of Zaraysk in Moscow Oblast
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Coat of arms
Administrative status (as of September 2013)
Country Russia
Federal subject Moscow Oblast[1]
Administrative district Zaraysky District[1]
Town Zaraysk[1]
Administrative center of Zaraysky District,[1] Town of Zaraysk[1]
Municipal status (as of November 2010)
Municipal district Zaraysky Municipal District[2]
Urban settlement Zaraysk Urban Settlement[2]
Administrative center of Zaraysky Municipal District,[2] Zaraysk Urban Settlement[2]
Representative body Council of Deputies[3]
Area 20.5 km2 (7.9 sq mi)[citation needed]
Population (2010 Census) 24,645 inhabitants[4]
Density 1,202/km2 (3,110/sq mi)[5]
Time zone MSK (UTC+03:00)[6]
First mentioned 1146[citation needed]
Town status since 1778[citation needed]
Postal code(s)[7] 140600–140603
Dialing code(s) +7 49666[citation needed]
Zaraysk on Wikimedia Commons

Zaraysk (Russian: Зара́йск) is a town and the administrative center of Zaraysky District in Moscow Oblast, Russia, located about 162 kilometers (101 mi) southeast from Moscow. Population: 24,645 (2010 Census);[4] 25,093 (2002 Census);[8] 26,958 (1989 Census).[9]


The town stands on the right bank of the Osyotr River, which is a right confluent of the Oka.


Zaraysk Kremlin on a definitive stamp of Russia.

In the Middle Ages, the town belonged to the Princes of Ryazan and was known as Krasnoye (13th century) and Novogorodok-upon-the-Osyotr (14th and 15th centuries). From 1528 onwards, the town was called "the town of Nikola Zarazsky" and only by the beginning of 17th century it received its present name of Zaraysk. Before the 20th century, the town was a part of Ryazan Governorate and its architecture and vernacular dialect seem closer to Ryazan than to Moscow.[citation needed]

In the Grand Duchy of Moscow, Zaraysk was one of the fortresses forming a part of the Great Abatis Border, a fortified line of felled trees, barricades, fortresses, ditches, which were built by Russians as a protection against the hordes of the Crimean and Kazan Tatars. In 1531, a stone kremlin was built in place of the former wooden citadel. The Tatars failed to take the fortress during their raids in 1533, 1541, and 1570. It was briefly captured by the Lisowczycy during the Time of Troubles.

A wall of the Zaraysk kremlin

The brick-and-limestone kremlin in Zaraysk still stands and is kept in a rather good condition. The citadel is very small and has a rectangular shape, with only six towers, two of which are pierced by the gates.

The kremlin's St. Nicholas Tower

Administrative and municipal status[edit]

Within the framework of administrative divisions, Zaraysk serves as the administrative center of Zaraysky District.[1] As an administrative division, it is incorporated within Zaraysky District as the Town of Zaraysk.[1] As a municipal division, the Town of Zaraysk is incorporated within Zaraysky Municipal District as Zaraysk Urban Settlement.[2]


Zaraysk is an industrial center of the district, with printing, building materials, foodstuff, and footwear industries.


St. Nicholas Cathedral

There are five churches in Zaraysk, the oldest of which is St. Nicholas Cathedral, consecrated in 1681.

Sister city[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Resolution #123-PG
  2. ^ a b c d e Law #63/2005-OZ
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ a b 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. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ The value of density was calculated automatically by dividing the 2010 Census population by the area specified in the infobox. Please note that this value may not be accurate as the area specified in the infobox does not necessarily correspond to the area of the entity proper or is reported for the same year as the population.
  6. ^ Правительство Российской Федерации. Федеральный закон №107-ФЗ от 3 июня 2011 г. «Об исчислении времени», в ред. Федерального закона №271-ФЗ от 03 июля 2016 г. «О внесении изменений в Федеральный закон "Об исчислении времени"». Вступил в силу по истечении шестидесяти дней после дня официального опубликования (6 августа 2011 г.). Опубликован: "Российская газета", №120, 6 июня 2011 г. (Government of the Russian Federation. Federal Law #107-FZ of June 31, 2011 On Calculating Time, as amended by the Federal Law #271-FZ of July 03, 2016 On Amending Federal Law "On Calculating Time". Effective as of after sixty days following the day of the official publication.).
  7. ^ Почта России. Информационно-вычислительный центр ОАСУ РПО. (Russian Post). Поиск объектов почтовой связи (Postal Objects Search) (in Russian)
  8. ^ Russian Federal State Statistics Service (May 21, 2004). "Численность населения России, субъектов Российской Федерации в составе федеральных округов, районов, городских поселений, сельских населённых пунктов – районных центров и сельских населённых пунктов с населением 3 тысячи и более человек" [Population of Russia, Its Federal Districts, Federal Subjects, Districts, Urban Localities, Rural Localities—Administrative Centers, and Rural Localities with Population of Over 3,000] (XLS). Всероссийская перепись населения 2002 года [All-Russia Population Census of 2002] (in Russian). Retrieved August 9, 2014. 
  9. ^ Demoscope Weekly (1989). "Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 г. Численность наличного населения союзных и автономных республик, автономных областей и округов, краёв, областей, районов, городских поселений и сёл-райцентров" [All Union Population Census of 1989: Present Population of Union and Autonomous Republics, Autonomous Oblasts and Okrugs, Krais, Oblasts, Districts, Urban Settlements, and Villages Serving as District Administrative Centers]. Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 года [All-Union Population Census of 1989] (in Russian). Институт демографии Национального исследовательского университета: Высшая школа экономики [Institute of Demography at the National Research University: Higher School of Economics]. Retrieved August 9, 2014. 


  • Губернатор Московской области. Постановление №123-ПГ от 28 сентября 2010 г. «Об учётных данных административно-территориальных и территориальных единиц Московской области», в ред. Постановления №252-ПГ от 26 июня 2015 г. «О внесении изменения в учётные данные административно-территориальных и территориальных единиц Московской области». Опубликован: "Информационный вестник Правительства МО", №10, 30 октября 2010 г. (Governor of Moscow Oblast. Resolution #123-PG of September 28, 2010 On the Inventory Data of the Administrative-Territorial and Territorial Units of Moscow Oblast, as amended by the Resolution #252-PG of June 26, 2015 On Amending the Inventory Data of the Administrative-Territorial and Territorial Units of Moscow Oblast. ).
  • Московская областная Дума. Закон №63/2005-ОЗ от 28 февраля 2005 г. «О статусе и границах Зарайского муниципального района и вновь образованных в его составе муниципальных образований», в ред. Закона №147/2010-ОЗ от 26 ноября 2010 г. «О внесении изменений в Закон Московской области "О статусе и границах Зарайского муниципального района и вновь образованных в его составе муниципальных образований"». Вступил в силу со дня официального опубликования. Опубликован: "Ежедневные Новости. Подмосковье", №42, 10 марта 2005 г. (Moscow Oblast Duma. Law #63/2005-OZ of February 28, 2005 On the Status and the Borders of Zaraysky Municipal District and the Newly Established Municipal Formations Comprising It, as amended by the Law #147/2010-OZ of November 26, 2010 On Amending the Law of Moscow Oblast "On the Status and the Borders of Zaraysky Municipal District and the Newly Established Municipal Formations Comprising It". Effective as of the day of the official publication.).

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