General City Information

The Ekaterinburg region is the industrial, political, and cultural center of the Urals. It’s the third most important region in Russia after Moscow and St. Petersburg. It is situated 40 km away from the boundary between Europe and Asia. An obelisk marks this boundary. The region around the town is still called Sverdlovskaya Oblast’. This is its old Soviet name, kept by the vote of people of the region.

The region is one of the oldest industrial areas of Russia. In 1598 the first town was founded. It was called Verhoturye and became the first capital of the Urals. In 1723 Ekaterinburg itself was founded and named after Tsarina Catherine the Great. The industrial development begun at the end of the 17th century and was connected to the name of Petr Demidov, who had mining and milling sites. In the 18th and 19th century the Urals were the chief site for metal and steel industry in Russia.

In the 20th century the history of the region was connected with the history of the last Tsar Nicolas II. In 1918 he and his family were killed in Ekaterinburg. After the fall of the Soviet regime the monument that marks the place of execution was erected. The first president of the Russian Federation Boris Yeltsin was born in Ekaterinburg.

Today the region is one of the most urbanised and industrialised regions of the country. 1.3 million live in Ekaterinburg and it is the 5th largest city in Russia. Since 1999 the town has got a Metro system. Ekaterinburg is a financial cultural and industrial center of the Urals today.

There are two universities, seventeen institutes of the Russian Academy of Science, dozens of other research institutes, several theatres (opera, ballet, comedies, and a philharmonic concert hall). In addition there are art galleries, a circus, a zoo, a great number of museums and other places of sightseeing (such as the old so-called "old mining chamber“—a concert hall today, and the Svyato vosnesenski Cathedral). In the national park called “Deer Brook” there is over 1900 different plants and 212 animal species. All these institutions provide thrilling cultural and social life for the residents and the tourists alike.

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