Saratov is located in the heart of Volga River Valley Region. Once the capital of
the Lower Volga region, it is now the center of one of the biggest provinces in
Russia. The university campus, the Covered market, the conservatory, Trinity (Troitsky)
and The Spirit Coming Down (Dukhoshestvensky) cathedrals are some of the best examples
of Architecture. Among the landmarks of modern Saratov is one of the longest bridge
in Europe, 2.8 kilometers long. Saratov is the educational center of Central Russia,
with 9 institutions of higher education and 21 of research & science.