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Official site of Penza: http://www.penza-gorod.ru/
On July 19, 2007 a Sister City agreement was signed between the city of Ramat-Gan and the City of Penza.

Penza was founded in 1663 as a frontier outpost on the (then) southeastern border of Russia. The town bears the name of the river that it was originally built upon. In a topographical sense, Penza greatly differs from the cities around it because of its rolling hills and dense surrounding forests.

Natives of Penza include Vsevolod Meyerhold, Andreï Makine, Nikolai Ishutin, Aristarkh Lentulov, and Ivan Mozzhukhin. The poet Mikhail Lermontov grew up near Penza in the manor of Tarkhany, which belonged to his grandmother.

Currently, the city of Penza is seen as a regional center for higher education. It has six universities (The Penza State University, The Pedagogic University, The Academy of Agriculture, The Technology Institute, the Institute of Civil Building, and The Artillery and Engineering Institute), 13 colleges and 77 public schools. Besides this, Penza is home to three theatres, four museums, and three art galleries