Yekaterinburg is a beautiful city and we invite you to dig into its historical past and see its major landmarks in our excellent tours!
Russia’s fourth largest city is a complex tapestry of history and culture. Founded in the early 18th century as an industry city to exploit the iron ore of the Ural Mountains, Yekaterinburg has enjoyed many years of economic success and given birth to a thriving arts and music scene. The city has also played its part in Russian politics as the place where the country’s last Tsar family were disposed of, effectively marking the beginning of the Socialist era, and where Boris Yeltsin – the first president of the Russian Federation – attended university. With a host of historic buildings, pre-Stalinist architecture, glorious churches and interesting museums, Yekaterinburg is a fascinating city to visit and as the first major stop in Asian Russia on the eastbound Trans-Siberian railway, it receives its fair share of visitors. Sprawling across the River Iset, it’s also a surprisingly attractive city with a promenade and large square with great restaurants to boot.
Yekaterinburg is commonly referred to as City of the Romanovs, synonymous with the bloody murder of the Romanov family in July 1918. The imperial family were executed by Bolshevik troops after a year in exile in the basement of a merchant’s house, their bodies later disposed of. In 1991 archaeologists exhumed the bone fragments of nine bodies in a shallow pit near Yekaterinburg which were revealed to be the remains of the Romanovs. Tsar Nicholas II and his family were finally given a dignified burial and laid to rest in St Petersburg SS Peter and Paul Cathedral in 1998, eight years after the golden-domed, Byzantine-style Church on the Blood was erected on the site in Yekaterinburg where the Romanovs were killed.
Whether you're a history buff or a culture vulture, Yekaterinburg has much to offer and makes an excellent base for outdoor enthusiasts looking to explore the rugged Ural Mountains.
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