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Facts About Orsha
Orsha is a city in Belarus in the Vitebsk Region, on the fork of the Dnieper and Arshytsa rivers.
Orsha was first mentioned in 1067 as Rsha, making it one of the oldest towns in Belarus.
The town was named after the river, which was originally also named Rsha.
Orsha was granted Magdeburg Rights in 1620.
On September 8, 1514, the famous Battle of Orsha occurred, between allied Grand Duchy of Lithuania with Kingdom of Poland and Muscovite army.
The estimated population of Orsha is 115,938.
Orsha was transferred to the Byelorussian SSR in 1924.
In 1812, the city was badly burned during Napoleon’s invasion.
Orsha is twinned with Asha, Russia; Bălți, Moldova; Bondeno, Italy; Cherkasy, Ukraine; Dubna, Russia; Gagarin, Russia; Ivanovo, Russia; Ivanteyevka, Russia; Kardymovsky District, Russia; Koptevo, Russia; Krasnogvardeysky, Russia; Mārupe, Latvia; Pernik, Bulgaria; Pushkin, Russia; Qingdao, China; Shishou, China; Silifke, Turkey; Smolensk, Russia; Spitak, Armenia; Telšiai, Lithuania; Tver, Russia; Vaulx-en-Velin, France; Volgodonsk, Russia; Vyazma, Russia; Yiwu, China & Zapadnoye Degunino, Russia.
Orsha became an important transportation centre after the construction of a Dnieper Riverport.