Rostov-on-Don is a city in southwestern Russia, located on the banks of the Don River and 32 km east of the Sea of Azov. Its river port is an important trade route for Russians, Italians, Greeks, Turks amongst other traders. It is also an important passenger port. It is precisely to its importance as a port and trade route that the city owes its origin. Its birth is commonly established in 1749, the year in which Empress Elizabeth, daughter of Peter the Great, signed the edict establishing a customs post there to control the traffic of goods with Turkey. This customs post was located next to a fortress named Dimitry of Rostov after the bishop of the ancient northern town of Rostov the Great. The city was eventually renamed Rostov-on-Don to distinguish itself from it. Well, its more than one million inhabitants, as well as guests, tourists and visitors to Rostov-on-Don, celebrate the 270th anniversary of the city’s birth on 14th September.