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Izmail is a historic city on the Danube river in Odessa Oblast in south-western Ukraine. Administratively, Izmail is incorporated as a town of oblast significance. It also serves as the administrative center of Izmail Raion, one of twenty-six districts of Odessa Oblast, though it is not a part of the district. It is the largest Ukrainian port on the Danube. As such, it is a center of the food processing industry and a popular regional tourist destination. It is also a base of the Ukrainian Navy and the Ukrainian Sea Guard units operating on the river. The World Wildlife Fund's Isles of Izmail Regional Landscape Park is located nearby. Population:Ethnic Russians form about 42.7% of the population of Izmail, while 38% are Ukrainians, 10% Bessarabian Bulgarians, and 4.3% Moldovans.HistoryThe fortress of Izmail was built by Genoese merchants in the 12th century. It belonged for a short period of time to Wallachia (14th century) – as the territory north of the Danube was one of the possessions of the Basarabs (later the land being named after them, Bessarabia). The town was first mentioned with the name Ismailiye, derived from the name of the Ottoman Grand Vizier Izmail, the adding of initial i being a feature of Ottoman Turkish. Izmail is in Odessa Oblast. In the build up to your vacation in Izmail, plan trip itinerary minutiae using the visitor reviews, staff write-ups, and custom search fields on our Ukraine day trip app.
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