Kursk Oblast is in the west of Russia. It is home to medieval burial mounds, ancient settlements, estates, the Korennaya Pustyn Monastery and the world's largest iron ore basin, the Kursk Magnetic Anomaly where your compass will be of no use. A late Paleolithic human camp and the Kurgan stelae—Kursk Oblast has many things to see.
The terrible summer of 1943, when the Battle of Kursk was fought, will never be forgotten. This was one of the most important and decisive battles of the Second World War; Soviet forces were victorious and liberated Oryol, Belgorod, and Kharkov. As a result, Kursk became a City of Military Glory. Monuments now stand on the sites of the fierce battles: on Poklonnaya Heights 269 in Fatezhsky District stands the Angel of Peace column; in Zolotukhinsky District you can see the Heroes of the North Face of the Kursk Bulge memorial complex and the Command Post of the Central Front historical-memorial complex.
The famous Korennaya Pustyn Monastery was built on the site where, according to legend, the miracle-working Mother of God of the Sign (Znamenie) icon was discovered in the roots of an ancient elm tree in the distant 13th century. Elegant churches of the sacred monastery step down to the Tuskar River. The wide steps lead to a holy therapeutic spring.
Despite the many battles, the Maryino palace and park complex in Rylsky District, an estate that once belonged to the ancient Russian family, the Baryatinsky Princes, has been preserved. Even the interior was not damaged: marble fireplaces, antique furniture, the exquisite parquet flooring. The estate has a wonderful Whispering room: thanks to its acoustics, if you whisper a word in one corner, it can be heard in the other.
If you visit the Mikhailovsky mine, you can bring back an unusual souvenir—a piece of iron ore from the Kursk Magnetic Anomaly, the world's largest iron ore basin. The attraction is accessible to all; there is even a special observation area to view the vast quarry. You should take a compass with you to see what happens to its needles.
The old watermill on the River Kryuk in the village of Krasnikovo has been working for about 150 years. There are only a few such sites left in Russia, but none of them can compare with the mill in Pristensky District built in 1861.
Even in the 19th century, the Kursk nightingale was well known far outside the Kursk Governorate; nightingale lovers and experts come to this region in spring to record their singing. You can hear 8 to 14 different nightingale sounds: clicks, squawks, and the pure sounds of a flute. The Kursk Antonovka is famous and popular throughout Russia: there is even a monument dedicated to it in Kursk. The Kursk Antonovka is an annual prize awarded to a person from Oblast who has stood out in some way and to the winners of the Person of the Year public recognition award.