For other uses, see Oryol (disambiguation).
Oryol (English)
Орёл (Russian)
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Location of Oryol Oblast in Russia
Location of Oryol in Oryol Oblast
Coordinates: 52°58′N 36°04′E / 52.967°N 36.067°E / 52.967; 36.067Coordinates: 52°58′N 36°04′E / 52.967°N 36.067°E / 52.967; 36.067
Coat of arms
City Day August 5
Administrative status (as of April 2011)
Country Russia
Federal subject Oryol Oblast[1]
Administratively subordinated to city of oblast significance of Oryol[1]
Administrative center of Oryol Oblast,[1] city of oblast significance of Oryol,[1] Orlovsky District[1]
Municipal status (as of May 2010)
Urban okrug Oryol Urban Okrug[2]
Administrative center of Oryol Urban Okrug,[2] Orlovsky Municipal District[3]
Mayor Sergey Stupin[4]
Area 127.8 km2 (49.3 sq mi)[5]
Population (2010 Census) 317,747 inhabitants[6]
- Rank in 2010 57th
Density 2,486/km2 (6,440/sq mi)[7]
Time zone MSK (UTC+03:00)[8]
Founded 1566
City status since 1702
Postal code(s)[9] 302000–302999
Dialing code(s) +7 4862
Official website
Oryol on Wikimedia Commons

Oryol or Orel (Russian: Орёл; IPA: [ɐˈrʲɵl], lit. eagle) is a city and the administrative center of Oryol Oblast, Russia, located on the Oka River, approximately 360 kilometers (220 mi) south-southwest of Moscow. Population: 317,747(2010 Census);[6] 333,310(2002 Census);[10] 336,862(1989 Census).[11]


A monument of 400th birthplace anniversary, nearby Duchy Park

While there are no historical records, archaeological evidence shows that a fortress settlement existed between the Oka and Orlik Rivers as early as the 12th century, when the land was a part of the Principality of Chernigov. The name of the fortress is unknown; it may not have been called Oryol at the time. In the 13th century the fortress became a part of the Zvenigorod district of the Karachev Principality. In the early 15th century, the territory was conquered by the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The city was soon abandoned by its population, after being sacked either by Lithuanians or the Golden Horde. The territory became a part of the Tsardom of Russia in the 16th century.

Ivan the Terrible decreed that a new fortress be built on the spot in 1566, for the purpose of defending the southern borders of the country. The fortress was built very speedily, work starting in the summer of 1566 and ending in the spring of 1567. The location chosen was less than ideal strategically, as the fortress was located on a seasonally flooded low ground easily targeted from the neighboring high ground. False Dmitry I and his army passed through Oryol in 1605; Ivan Bolotnikov in 1606; False Dmitry II camped in Oryol for the winter of 1607–1608. Polish intervention sacked it in 1611 and 1615; the population fled after the second sacking and moved to Mtsensk. Orlovsky Uyezd nonetheless continued to exist on paper.

Oryol was rebuilt in 1636. The question of moving the fortress to the more advantageous high ground was in the air up until the 1670s, but the move was never made. The fortress was deemed unnecessary and taken apart in the early 18th century.

In the mid-18th century Oryol became one of the major centers of grain production, with the Oka River being the major trade route until the 1860s when it was replaced by a railroad.

Oryol was granted town status in 1702. In 1708, Oryol was included as a part of Kiev Governorate; in 1719, Oryol Province was created within Kiev Governorate. The Province was transferred to the newly created Belgorod Governorate in 1727. On March 11 (February 28 old style), 1778 Oryol Vice-Royalty was created from parts of Voronezh and Belgorod Governorates. In 1779, the city was almost entirely rebuilt based on a new plan; and the Oryol River was renamed Orlik (lit: "little eagle").

After the October Revolution of 1917, the city was in Bolshevik hands, except for a brief period between October 13 and October 20, 1919, when it was controlled by Anton Denikin's White Army.

Oryol was once again moved between different oblasts in the 1920s and 1930s (at first as Oryol Governorate until 1928, then Central Black Earth Region between 1928 and 1934, finally in Kursk Oblast), finally becoming the administrative center of its own Oryol Oblast on September 27, 1937.

The Oryol Prison was a notable place of incarceration for political prisoners and war prisoners of the Second World War. Christian Rakovsky, Maria Spiridonova, Olga Kameneva and 160 other prominent political prisoners were shot on September 11, 1941 on Joseph Stalin's orders in the Medvedev forest outside Oryol.

During World War II, Oryol was occupied by the Wehrmacht on October 3, 1941, and liberated on August 5, 1943, after the Battle of Kursk. The city was almost completely destroyed.


In February 2012, the city duma abolished the direct election of mayor. In December 2013, a referendum was held, which 71% of the people supported the return of direct mayoral election.[12]

Administrative and municipal status

Oryol is the administrative center of the oblast and, within the framework of administrative divisions, it also serves as the administrative center of Orlovsky District, even though it is not a part of it.[1] As an administrative division, it is incorporated separately as the city of oblast significance of Oryol—an administrative unit with the status equal to that of the districts.[1] As a municipal division, the city of oblast significance of Oryol is incorporated as Oryol Urban Okrug.[2]

Oryol Catherine's Cathedral
Orlik River and Duchy Park


The city is served by the Oryol Yuzhny Airport. Since 1868, there has been a railway connection between Oryol and Moscow.[13]

Oryol is a major transport hub on the borders of the Central and Central Black Earth economic regions. Through the city converge 7 important highways of federal and republican values: M2 (E 105), P92, R119, R120, A142 (E93), 5 railway lines: on Yelets, Moscow, Kursk, Bryansk, Mikhailovsky mine. The city has an airport (currently (2013) does not work). The formation of the Oryol as an important transportation hub is due to the favorable geographical position of the city on the borders of economic regions.

The town has trolley, tram and bus systems. These kinds of public transport cover the entire territory of the city. Each bus, tram and trolley is equipped with route indicators that inform about the route through the city, designated stops. There is also a waterbus on the Oka River. In the city there are taxis and shuttles, and rental cars. Intercity transport terminals: Oryol Station, Station Luzhki-Oryol, Oryol Bus Station, as well as federal highway M2 (E 105), P92, R119, R120, A142.


On November 3, 1898 Orel inaugurated an electric tram. The draft was prepared by the Belgian entrepreneur FF Gilon and firm «Compagnie mutuelle de tramways», which won the right to build not only a tram, but also lighting in the city.


Oryol has a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb).

Climate data for Oryol
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 8.0
Average high °C (°F) −3.7
Daily mean °C (°F) −6.3
Average low °C (°F) −9
Record low °C (°F) −33.5
Average precipitation mm (inches) 43
Average snowfall cm (inches) 15
Average precipitation days 23 20 17 12 10 11 8 8 11 14 17 24 175
Average relative humidity (%) 84 81 75 65 64 69 71 69 77 82 86 87 75.8
Mean monthly sunshine hours 34.1 67.2 133.3 186.0 269.7 273.0 288.3 275.9 168.0 89.9 36.0 31.0 1,852.4
Source: Pogoda.ru.net[14]


International relations

Twin towns and sister cities

Oryol is twinned with:

Notable people



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  2. 1 2 3 Law #467-OZ
  3. Law #466-OZ
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  5. БД ПМО Орловской области. Город Орёл
  6. 1 2 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.).
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  13. Train Station in Oryol (Russian)
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