Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg ©serge.gordei/flickr

Yekaterinburg ©serge.gordei/flickr

Yekaterinburg is sort of like a border between Asia and Europe. So only a few kilometers west from Yekaterinburg is the Ural mountains. You can get there via two possible low cost airlines called Avianova or SkyExpress. You will realize that this city is known as the place where the Romanov family was killed in 1918. It is also the birth place of Boris Yeltzin. Some fascinating sights includes the newly built churches that is dedicated to the Romanovs. You can also try the best Italian dishes here in Russia.

Empress Catherine I (Yekaterina)

This city was named after the Empress of Russia who reigned only for two years. She was also the first woman to rule Imperial Russia. Amazingly, she married Peter secretly in 1707 and they had twelve children altogether. Empress Catherine I was a very compassionate, energetic, cheerful and charming woman. In a way she has the ability to calm Peter down when he was in a rage which was pretty frequent. And when he had epileptic seizures, Catherine was the one who helped him through these difficult times. Her daughter, Catherine II or Catherine the Great, was the longest-ruling female leader of Russia for a total of 34 years. This period of Catherine the Great’s rule, the Catherinian Era is often regarded as the Golden Age of the Russian Empire and the Russian nobility.

Sights of Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg ©mtbrainz/flickr

Yekaterinburg ©mtbrainz/flickr

What you must see is the Church on the Blood near the metro station ‘Dinamo’. It was built in 2003 at the site of the execution of Tsar Nicholas II and his family. Next is the QWERTY Monument on the river bank near Ploshad’ 1905 goda metro station. It might seemed a weird attraction where you can see the gargantuan keyboard monument in this city. Go to the Cirk station to see the richly ornamented building that hosts all sorts of circus shows. You can see in proximity an abandoned television tower. Then there is the Ural State University which is a beautiful building, the Technical University is also worth seeing. If you like opera and ballet, there are many theatres in the inner city around Square of 1905. Also the Ledovyj Gorodok during New Year’s where an entire city block under the eyes of Lenin made out of ice. Do also check out the infamous ‘Mafia cemetery’ of former Mafia members at the Shirokorechenskoye Kladbishche Cemetery.

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