Smolensk is a city in Russian Federation, about 380 km from Moscow, with a port on the Dnieper River. The city was already an important commercial center in the late 9th century. It has a favorable geographical location on the road from Moscow to Belarus, Baltic States and Central and Western Europe. Once a member of the Hanseatic League.
The postcard depicts the Cathedral of the Assumption at Cathedral Hill.
Part of set of three stamps to commemorate Russian writer Pavel Bazhov (27 January 1879 – 3 December 1950). The Stone Flower is one of his fairy tales.