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The cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin first landed in Saratov Oblast. The city of Saratov, with its moderately temperate climate, sits on the banks of the Volga River, where it was once a Russian major trading center. The cultural capital of the Volga region contains many beautiful paintings, such as the works of Ivan Aivazovsky and Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, and a collection of samovars. Outside the capital, you can find the unique Lion House, with its beautiful painted interior, and open-air thermal spas.More about the region