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Penza Oblast is home to numerous museums such as the Tarkhany museum-estate where the writer Lermontov spent his childhood, the only museum in Russia with one painting, and the Belinsky museum-estate. However, this is only a part of the region's riches; there are also beautiful parks, churches and monasteries, and the working Nikolsky Glass Factory which even produced glass-ware for the Imperial table. The Russian circus was born in Penza.More about the region