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Ekaterinburg

About Ekaterinburg

Ekaterinburg is one of big Russian cities located in the central part of Russia, 1667 km from Moscow. It is an administrative center of Sverdlovk oblast. Situated on the eastern side of the Ural mountain range, on the Iset river, it is the main industrial and cultural center of the Urals Federal District. Its population of 1315100 makes it Russia's forth largest city after Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Novosibirsk.

Between 1924 and 1991, the city was known as Sverdlovsk, after the Bolshevik leader Yakov Sverdlov.

The city was founded in 1723 by Vasily Tatischev as a factory - fortress and named after Saint Catherine, the namesake of Tsar Peter the Great's wife Empress Catherine I (Yekaterina). After the Russian Revolution, on July 17, 1918, Tsar Nicholas II, his wife, Alexandra, and their children Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and Tsarevich Alexei were executed by Bolsheviks at the Ipatiev House in this city. In 1977 the Ipatiev House was destroyed by order of Boris Yeltsin who later became the first President of the Russian Federation.

In the 1920, Yekaterinburg became a large industrial center of Russia. It was the time when the famous Uralmash was built, becoming the biggest heavy machinery factory in Europe. During World War II, many government technical institutions and whole factories were relocated in Yekaterinburg away from the war-affected areas (mostly Moscow), with many of them staying in Ekaterinburg after the victory.

Ekaterinburg is a forth largest scientific center in Russia. There are 140 research, design and project institutes and organisations, the Ural centre of the Russian Scientific Academy, the Ural state university, Polytechnical, Mountain, Architectural, Medical, Pedagogical, Agriculture and other Institutes in Ekaterinburg. The cultural life of the city is presented by its theatres: Academic Theatre of Ballet and Opera, Sverdlovsk Theater of Musical Comedy, Academic Dramatic Theater, Theater of Young Spectators. In Ekaterinburg there are more than 30 museums, among which: Regional Museum, Museum of Architecture`s history and Industrial Technics, Photographic Museum, Literary Museum, Mineralogical Museums and others.

We recommend you to visit Ekaterinburg, to walk in old streets of the city, to make an unique excursion to the border of Europe and Asia, an interesting excursion to the siberian village of wooden architecture and folk art – Nizhnyaya  Sinyachikha. 

Ekaterinburg Gallery

Excursions in Ekaterinburg

City tour of Ekaterinburg, 2 hours

Yekaterinburg is a capital of the Urals region - one of the biggest and most prosperous cities of Russia. During city tour you`ll know a rich history of Ekaterinburg and its sights. Excursion will begin at the heart of the city where you`ll visit Historical Square, the dam of the city pond, the monument of V.N Tatishev and V.I. Genin – founders of Ekaterinburg, Chapel of Saint Ekaterina. Then you`ll visit a mountain Voznesenskaya, where the house of merchants Rastorguev-Haritonov is situated.

Excursion to the border of Europe and Asia, 3 hours

Ekaterinburg is located 40 km from the border between 2 continents Europe and Asia. The border passes through mountain Berezovaya closed to the town Pervouralsk. In august 2004 the stone monument had been established in a point of intersection of Europe and Asia. 2 stones from 2 parts of the world are the symbols of this monument, one had been taken from the most extreme point of Europe – cape Rok and the second - from the edge of Asian continent` s part – cape Dezjnev.

The last Romanov family days, Ganina Pit, 3 – 4 hours

One of most tragic pages of Russian history is associated with Ekaterinburg. Here Russian emeror Nikolay II and his family had been shot. During excursion you`ll see the house of engineer Ipatiev – it is the last place of tsar family life. Now, there stands the great Temple on the Blood. Ganina Pit it is place of first secret tombs of Nikolay II and his relatives.

Orthodox temples of Ekaterinburg, 3 hours

During this excursion the guide will tell you about history of religion in Ural, the orthodox holidays, ceremonies, history of some Temples and Monasteries of Ekaterinburg. You`ll visit the Temple on the Blood recently built on a place of Ipatiev house where the family of last Russian emperor Nikolay II had been killed, the Rise church - the oldest church in Ekaterinburg, the Chapel of Saint Ekaterina (Saint Ekaterina is patronesses of the mining) built at the place of first church in Ekaterinburg, Ioanno-Predtechenskaja church.

NijnayaSiniachikha – Uralvillage, 8 hours

Nijnaya Siniachikha is a museum of Wooden Architecture in the open air which represents the Ural village of 17 – 19 centuries. Museum is located 160 km from Ekaterinburg, its exhibits are unique in the Ural region. You`ll see there different constructions such as: a wooden mill, a forge, Russian banya, a well, a farmstead, wooden chapels and towers. You`ll know about life of the Ural  `s peasants and miners.

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