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Visit Yekaterinburg, Russia
Yekaterinburg, is the fourth largest city in Russia (after Moscow, St. Petersburg and Novosibirsk), the capital of the Sverdlovsk region. It is an important transport and logistic hub on the Trans-Siberian Railway, a large industrial center, located in the central part of Eurasia, 1,667 km from Moscow.
The Russian Far East is a vast expanse of land stretching from eastern Siberia to the Pacific Ocean. Although the region contains 36 percent of Russia’s territory, it has a population of just over six million, making it one of the most sparsely populated areas on Earth.
Most of the major attractions in Yekaterinburg are concentrated in the center of the city. Some popular places for walks include central pedestrian street, full of shops and cafes, spacious benches, and genuine bronze sculptures and a fountain, which invariably attract those wishing to take a picture. Both sides of the Ploshad Lenina have gathered the most important sights, such as a monument to the founders of the city, the area of Labor, the Museum of Stone Carving Art, the building of the printing house for the Ural Worker, and others.
Here are some places to visit while you will be in Yekaterinburg.
Plotinka in Yekaterinburg was built using Ural larch, a tree which does not rot in water, but only hardens and becomes stronger. It is one of the oldest buildings of its kind in Russia, and is a place of meetings and partings. Plotinka looks like a normal bridge; on the one side there is the river and on the other a city pond. Students come here to relax, lovers date and newlyweds come to take photos. In summer you can rent a catamaran or a boat, or feed the ducks. Nearby there are streets housing a museum of Fine Arts and Industry, Architecture and Nature of Ural. Plotinka is without doubt a favorite place for residents of the city, where mass festivals and public holidays are celebrated.
Ural Mineralogy Museum
Created by Vladimir Pelepenko, Ural Mineralogy Museum is dedicated to its creator’s passion for stone, which began in the 1970s. In search of minerals he not only crossed entire Ural, but also other Russian provinces and many foreign countries. The collection of Vladimir Pelepenko is a unique collection of minerals, bone and stone carvings and has about 10,000 pieces. The collection consists of crystals and polished samples, which represent the majority of deposits in Russia and many world countries. The captivating part of the collection is their aesthetic appearance and good condition. Polished samples are presented as ornamental stones, mainly originating from the Ural region, as well as from other parts of Russia. Pelepenko’s collection shows a wide range of semi-precious stones and is constantly updated with new exhibits. His collection has a high scientific and artistic value, and is one of the best collections in all of Russia.
The Red Line Walking Tour
Red Line Walking Tour in Yekaterinburg is a pedestrian tourist route in Yekaterinburg’s historic center, designated by a special red marking on the asphalt. The route is six and a half kilometers long and is circular, so you will return to exact same place where started. There are 35 interesting sights that are marked using specific numbers, and they range from monuments and merchant estates to entire streets and squares. Red Line Tour is a national project devised and implemented by the residents of the city. In 2011 the project stepped off of the pages of LiveJournal and got its own website. Pre-selected landmarks were presented to the public, and the voting process began on the website for the best and most interesting landmarks to be included.
Visit the Church on the Blood
The Church on the Blood is located on the site of the execution of the last Russian tsar, Nicholas II, who abdicated after the February Revolution. It is called the ‘bloody’ church because alongside the king’s wife, five children and their servants were also murdered. Today the church is dedicated to celebrate the memory of innocent victims, and is a major place of pilgrimage. The five-domed temple was made in a Russian-Byzantine style. The upper part of the church is used as a public temple, whereas the lower part hosts a museum which can be reached by a spiral staircase. For most citizens, the Church on the Blood is a popular place for walking and wedding photo sessions.
Take a stroll in Victory Park
The great forest-park located in the center of Yekaterinburg, features little gazebos so that people will not interfere with each other and their respective gatherings. Along with the keys to your own private gazebo, you will be given rubbish bags and disposable white tablecloths. Everything around the Victory Park is clean and without any trace of rubbish. Victory Park is small and cosy, with an artificial pond in the middle of the park where you can fish for a small fee. The park is suitable for various activities, with benches and barbecue spots scattered around. During hot summer months visitors can rent bicycles, play mini golf or beach volleyball, and during winter people can rent skis.