Russian) is an ancient town in Eastern Belarus, 80km South of Vicebsk.
Vorsha is situated at confluence of Dnieper and Arshyca rivers.
- The first written
mentioning of the city as "Rsha" was "Chronicle of
Bygone Years" in 1067. At that time it was part of Polacak
- In the middle of
XII century Vorša
had about 5 thousands citizen.
- Vorša becomes
part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in 1320.
- The town's
location on one of the largest European rivers - Dnieper - determined
it's history as port and trading post.
built in XIV century.
its own coat of arms and Magdeburg Rights on December 13, 1620.
- In XVI century Vorša
is demolished in many battles with Russians
in Russian War of 1654-1667 and later Swedes in Northern War of
- In XVII century
is again at 5,000 population.
experiences significant growth in the second
half of XIX century. It becomes a large railway station and still has
- Today it is administrative center in Voršanski
region of Vicebsk voblasc'.
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