The History Square. The Dam
Fondest memory: It is the very site of the former famous iron-making works of Ekaterinburg. And the white buildings under the roofs of green – in olden days they used malachite-based paints – are the authentic walls of a 19th century works.
After World War 2 Soviet authorities wanted to demolish the old walls, but their strength that baffled all expectations and the solicitation on the part of citizens prevented the fulfillment of the plan. Thus the old works has found and had, as it were, its way into the very heart of the present-day city.
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The House of the Ural's Head Forester
Fondest memory: Gimnazitcheskaya Embankment, (now Working Youth Embankment, #2) was built in the first third of the 19th century after M.P.Malakhov’s design.
In keeping with the Ural tradition the houses of Mining and Forestry Heads stood side by side: up to the end of the 18th century metallurgical works used only char-coal for fuel, thus being totally dependent upon wood.
At present the mansion is the Center for International Peace and Friendship.
Fondest memory: One of the most charming buildings of the "golden" Ekaterinburg, was erected in 1821 after M.P.Malakhov's project and housed a chemist's.
The building is fascinating in every respect and from all aspects, and so is the little court-yard with its small garden and slab-paved paths. Presently it houses The Museum of Jewelry Art.
The Old Stone Bridge
Fondest memory: built in 1841 after the project of E.Kh.Sartorius was the first of the town's stone bridges. Before that there were only wooden ones.
The construction is a combination of metal piles, rubble and granite slabs.
It is still quite reliable, looking both monumental and romantic.
The site of the bridge is truly a historic one – that of the southern border of the former fortress-works. Prior to the bridge's erection the frontier was fortified (in winter months) by thick wooden bars and turnpikes placed upon the ice of the Isset river.
Fondest memory: the Main Avenue (now Lenin str.) initially housed Ekaterinburg's first theater. It was built in 1847 after the project of K.G.Tursky in the style of Classicism that by the time had already started to recede into the past together with Ekaterinburg's "Age of Gold". The money needed for the construction was donated by the local merchants, the idea was V.A.Glinka's, the Head of Mining, whom no one dared to thwart.
Ryazanov's houses along the Siberia Avenue
Fondest memory: (now Kuybyshev str. #40, #63) are samples of the 19th century's Russian Classicism. They are typical Ekaterinburg estates with auxiliary premises, gardens, rivulets and ponds. Both mansions were remarkable for their luxurious interior: painted ceilings & walls, beautiful enameled tile-finished stoves and ornate doors.
The author of the minor house is M.P.Malakhov, who also took part in the construction and re-construction of the major house.
Now the minor house is in a better state than the major one, nonetheless it needs a large-scale restoration. The major building has been altered irrevocably. Ryazanov's marvelous parks were uprooted long ago. Today, Harbin restaurant stands right where the old park's oak-alley used to be.
M. P. Malakhov's House
Fondest memory: Vasnetsovskay str. (now Lunachrsky str.) was built in 1815-1817 as an out-of-town residence. It was of wood but due to its stucco coating looked like a brick edifice.
After over a hundred and a half years' life it reached a state where any restoration would have been senseless. In the 1970's the dilapidated building was pulled down and its exact copy was erected on its place – with a 15-20m offset with respect to a nearby traffic-congested road. The original house had been initially designed to be made of brick but for want of means wood – as a cheaper material – was chosen in event. However the rotunda-crowning dome has been "borrowed" from the old building.
Trip to mountains
Fondest memory: One day we took the elektritska (local train) and left the city into the woods (station sportivnaja the stop before is fljus where the lake begins), it was a georgeous day. We climbed a small mountain (although we did not find the right path at first...) and on the top we were invited by four russian students - surely we got vodka, but also bread, cheese and letscho. Russian people sometimes are very friendly, definitely as soon as you got to know them a little bit.
... find some locals! Every...
Favorite thing: ... find some locals! Every local at least knows somebody who owns a small hut, a datscha. Our friends took us to their datscha one day and we got to go to the banja, the russian style sauna. It is a small building (self made of big logs) with a self made oven which is fired with wood from outside. The heat is very damp and comfortable. But the best thing about it is a siberian tradition: you get slightly beaten with wet birch-branches by your sauna-fellows - the nices feeling ever, and extremely relaxing!
The Remnants of The Old Works' Wall
Fondest memory: The wall used to stretch from the dam up to the stone bridge. Its construction began in 1813-1818 and was finished in 1836. When the History Square was being laid the wall was pulled down except for this single – memorial – segment.
In the summer just walk...
Favorite thing: In the summer just walk around, and have drink in one of the numeous summercafes.
just enjoy the city, but try to see the country side as too. In the winter just go to the Dubliners, a nice irish pub with a englis menu!
Fondest memory: I have so many, and I go there every two weeks, but when I was there with my husband I like it best. Again it is a great city
When you visit Russia you have...
Favorite thing: When you visit Russia you have to this around new year
people are great and so are the partys
Try to get in some where, if you speak a litle Russian they would love you.
]The Ice sculptures are great to, and you can slide down, it is being like a child again!
nice wooden houses, electisity, no running water
Favorite thing: If you travel trhough Russia you will see those nice little wooden houses, but do not gorgett, no running water, no toilets, means you have to go outside for your.............
and get yoyr water at the well.
Yes electricity they have, but that is the onley thing! So that is why most of the people want to live in flas, most of the young poeple want this any way
Painting at the ceiling I
Favorite thing: A dramatic episode in the area took place on May 1, 1960 when American U2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers was hit by a missile launched from the local military base. The city was closed to the outside world until 1990 because of its strategic defense industries.
House yards have many purposes.
Favorite thing: My favorite thing about Yekaterinburg yards is that people who live around, use them however they want.
Look at this one.
The building is a karate school, and long time ago it had a nice color and the yard was full of children. There was a place for them to play.
Later, they used it as a parking place.
Later as a storage for the construction workers.
Now it is just empty and dirty. After a long day of shoping, men and women from the street come here to drink beer or even (!) use it as a toilet, if it is getting dark. It looks horrible. They even cut the trees for unknown reason...
I have this view from my window in Russia.
Fondest memory: I miss the way my street (Malisheva) looked 10 years ago. It has noting to do with disapearance of USSR, I guess. In the last five years many big companies bought property around my house and changed the look of everything.
Next to my home were small kiosks which sold ice cream, but not the ugly iron ones. They were made like fairy tale houses, one blue and one red. Now they are gone - they blocked the view of the door to a new watches and clocks shop.
There was a small shop selling pastry in my building, now it is closed for reconstruction for about 3 years.
A huge vegetables shop is now a supermarket and there are restaurant and video rental across the street.