Yekaterinburg Things to Do

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    Church of the Blood

    by JessieLang Written Oct 18, 2012

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    The Church of the Blood was built in 2000 on the site where Tsar Nicholas and his family were assassinated in 1918. They are now saints. There are large photos of the family outside the church. Inside, marble plaques for each family member line a wall.

    The Ipatiev house where they were imprisoned was torn down in 1977 on Yeltsin’s orders, after being named a national monument in 1974. (Too many people visiting?) The church is on the same property.

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    Ganina Yama

    by Noel_Leon Written Jun 4, 2011

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    One of the Monastery chapel

    This is the place where - in the night of July 17th, 1918 - the bodies of the Romanov family were hidden after their execution at Ipatev House in Yekaterinburg.
    It was an abandoned mine, located near the village of Koptyaki, 15 km north from the city.
    Actually, the Bolsheviks returned one night later and moved the bodies to another cave, not far from here. Nevertheless in this site a Monastery complex was built in year 2001, after the canonization of Romanovs by the Russian Orthodox Church. It is composed of seven chapels, one for each member of the royal family located in a beautiful wood environment.
    Ganina Yama is today a popular site of pilgrimage as well as a quite and peaceful destination for a sightseer visit.

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    The City Hall

    by Noel_Leon Written Jun 4, 2011

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    This massive building with its evident Stalinist appearance houses today the City Hall an the local Duma. It is placed in the central square named Ploshchad 1905 Goda. The large cathedral which used to stand in this square was demolished in year 1930, as well as a statue of the Czar Alexander II, later replaced by one of Lenin.

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    Ulitsa Sacco and Vanzetti

    by Noel_Leon Updated Jun 2, 2011
    Old and new buildings in Ulitsa Sacco and Vanzetti

    During the Soviet times Yekaterinburg was renamed as Sverdlovsk, after the name of a famous Bolshevik party leader. In 1991 it returned to its original name, but most of the street names are still unchanged. Among them, I was surprised to find Ulitsa Sacco and Vanzetti, a street named after the two Italian anarchists executed in the electric chair on August 23, 1927 in Massachusetts.
    In fact, their arrest, conviction and execution sparkled protests and demostrations in the whole world as it appearead to be a political trial.
    In year 1977, 50th anniversary of their execution, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were proclamed by Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis as "unfairly tried and convicted".

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    The first metallurgical Plant

    by Noel_Leon Updated May 28, 2011

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    This stone was placed for the 250th anniversary of Yekaterinburg's foundation and it marks the spot where the first metallurgical plant was built. The town owes its origin to this metal-working plant and by the standards of those days it was one of the best in whole Europe. The hydraulic power used to be provided by the little dam on Iset' river which can be seen behind the monument.

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    Ulitsa Vaynera

    by Noel_Leon Written May 24, 2011

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    This bare feet couple must look quite odd in wintertime when temperatures can get as low as 40°C below zero... You can meet them in Ulitsa Vaynera, a pedestian street in the city center with botiques, restaurants, and modern shopping centers. Somebody call it the 'Arbat of the Urals' as it reminds the more famous pedestrian way in Moscow.

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    Boris Yeltsin monument.

    by Noel_Leon Written May 24, 2011

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    This giant obelisk to country's first post-Soviet leader was recently unveild on Feb. 1st, 2011, a date which would have marked Boris Yeltsin's 80th birthday. It was in Yekaterinburg that he was born and he started his political career.
    It is a 10 metrs high white marble obelisk imprinted with Yeltsin's image.

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    walking tour over Yekaterinburg

    by sunady Written Feb 1, 2010

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    If you arrived in Yekaterinburg the best thing to start with is an acquaintance with the city.
    Currently I'm preparing this excursion and would like to share this info.
    So, the historical centre of the city is the dam situated on Lenina avenue. The route I suggest starts near it - from central subway station called the square of 1905 (Ploshchad 1905 goda), on the picture attached it is the point number one. The route finishes in the point number 18 - here is the house of officers and a restaurant with traditional russian cooking, named USSR (CCCP).
    So let me describe other points and directions briefly :)
    1 - you are standing near central subway station and the street you are at is called "8 marta". In google maps it's "ulitsa 8 marta" cause ulitsa means a street. Let's go to the parallel street called "Vaynera"
    2 - you are on Vaynera street, it's the favourite place of walk for many citizens. This street is an analog of Moscow's arbad. Let's cross Lenina avenue ("prospekt Lenina") and go to the embankment of the city pond.
    3 - you are near the building of government of Sverdlovskaya oblast, and you can see a wonderful view of the city, the most charming in this view is a cathedral, you'll see it for sure, this cathedral is in this route also.
    4 - the Drama theatre, let's go over the embankment to the main street, "prospekt Lenina"
    5 - as soon as you are on prospekt Lenina you'll see the main square and the building of city administration, let's turn left and come through the dam
    6 - the house of Sevastyanov, built in the first quarter of XIX century, it just rivets eyes :) so tel's go over another side of the embankment, to the gem of the city - cathedral on the blood
    7 - on the way to the cathedral you'll see the cinema and concert hall "Cosmos"
    8 - the Cathedral on the blood. It was build on the place where last russian emperor Nikolay II and his family were killed.
    9 - If you look into the distance you'll see another church and old buildings near it. So these buildings compose old architectural ensemble, built in the end of XIII century
    10 - the church of Ascension, but let's go back to Lenina avenue
    11 - philharmonic society, and nearby there are museums and cinema
    12 - the theatre of musical comedy
    13 - (!!!) here you can see the city panorama, in antey entertainment complex, often called antey tower
    14 - the Opera theatre
    15 - here it's better to cross the road
    16 - Urals State University
    17 - the memorial called black tulip, to warriors who participated in Afghanistan war
    18 - house of officers and the "CCCP" restaurant
    The route takes about 2 hours and can be done during the day or at evening.
    You can walk alone, but probably with a guide it will be more interesting. And I can be your guide too :) So, you are welcome to Yekaterinburg!

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    Trying Russian baths

    by sunady Written Jan 27, 2010

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    Russian baths - one of the favourite russian fun.
    Taking a steam bath is one of the most ancient traditions of russian people. This procedure is done not only to be washed, but also to relax both - body and soul.
    Typical Russian baths ("banya") is a small wooden house, consisting of a dressing-room and a steam room. In a dressing room you can relax and taste some snacks, drink tea with bread rolls or something stronger. And the main feature of Russian baths, which has been followed for centuries - a steam room with a broom and herbal extracts.
    Usually the question arises: what is a broom, and why you need it. When I was first asked this question it was a bit difficult to explain :) A broom is a bunch of green birch twigs. But probably it's much easier to show, so I attached the photo. So, a broom is used to take a steam, something like a nice light massage and it doesn't hurt.
    If you decide to visit a Russian bathhouse, it's nice to go there with a friend who knows how to take a steam or to order the services of experienced bathers. This fun is suitable for females as you can order a special women's steaming, when a broom work as a large fan - very unusual sensations.
    In addition to a massage with a broom there are two other things which you can try - contrast dousing with water and jumping into the snow. The last one is a bit extreme and I haven't tried it myself, but russian men find it very amusing :)
    So if you want to try it, have a nice baths!

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    Annual events in Yekaterinburg

    by sunady Written Jan 23, 2010

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    December - January: Ice Town opens
    when: 29th of December or earlier, where: the square of 1905 year (ploshad tisyacha devyatsot pyatogo goda)

    January: Epiphany with swimming in ice hole - extremly popular activity for brave people :)))
    when: 19th of January, where: city lake Shartash

    February: Shrovetide with street festivities
    when: 13th and 14th of February, where: Central park of culture and rest (CPKIO Park)

    May: the Military Parade of World War II
    when: 9th of May, where: the square of 1905 year (ploshad tisyacha devyatsot pyatogo goda)

    May: Museums' night - all main museums open at night and several city shows are available
    when: 16th of May (but date may vary each year), where: in the city centre (the square of 1905 year), in most of museums

    May: "May walking" - all fans of cycling and walking moves over several routes (26km, 46km)
    when: day may vary, where: starting point may vary

    July: Tsarist days - thousands of piligrims come to Yekaterinburg to follow the last way of last russian emperor
    when: 16th of July, where: the way starts at Shartash railway station

    August: City birthday
    when: 18th of August, where: all over the city, mainly in its center - the square of 1905 year

    September: Day of Knowledge, children wearing smart clothes go to school with flowers for their teachers
    when: 1st of September, where: everywhere in Yekaterinburg and Russia

    November: skiing resorts of Urals open
    when: after snowfalls, where: near Yekaterinburg (in 40km) there are Pilnaya mount, Teplaya mount and Volchiha mount, and two beautiful resorts are Ezhovaya and Belaya (in 100-150 km)

    Here are the events i remember, but maybe there are also interesting ones I haven't mentioned.
    Other months are good for visiting too, for example on March a spring begins, and on October nature is the most beautiful cause it's gold autumn.
    Hope this information is new and interesting :)

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  • Husky Sledding

    by Sandfire Written Jan 18, 2009

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    We went husky sledding in the Ural Mountains through On the Go Tours, with a company called Visit Ural - no, I don't work for them!! Our tour guide was Anna who speaks excellent english and was absolutely lovely, and our driver and husky team owner was Pavel, who holds a few records for husky travel in the arctic. The day started out with vodka and an old soviet van full of character and huskies, with a new dent courtesy of the mornings traffic. Heading out into the snow we visited the Europe-Asia border and had a photo taken at the obelisk. Then onto sledding - wow!! It was difficult trying to keep balance on the icy bars of the sled while yelling "shhhh" and "hak" to the huskies to get them to stop or go, but that was all part of the fun. Travelling through an otherwise silent forest with snowflakes falling all around you, gorgeous huskies looking like they're having a fantastic time running in front of you, and at the end of the trip, a beautiful lunch complete with vodka and a scenic view of the forest from the hilltop - what more can you ask for. I'm going back again, it was great!!!!

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    Hram na krovi cathedral

    by sgershtein Updated Nov 11, 2006

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    The cathedral from the other side of the pond

    This cathedral was build in the place where Russian czar and all his family were executed in 1918 after Russian revolution. The czar family was kept and executed in Ipatiev house. The house was later destroyed (by Yeltsin's order) in 1980s not to live tracks of what happened then.
    After perestroika the interest to this place became no longer forbidden. First they set a cross and a little chapel there. Later with the help of Sverdlovsk region governor Rossel the money was raised to build big cathedral.
    The cathedral is big and in a way impressive. Not everyone likes it (some say it is too modern and too rich), but it definitely worth seeing if you are in Yekaterinburg.
    The cathedral consists of two temples - the upper one and the lower one. The upper temple is big with much air and light. The lower temple is located under the ground and includes the place of execution.

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    Visit city parks

    by sgershtein Updated Nov 2, 2006

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    in the park

    There are several parks in the city that are pretty nice to visit when the weather is good. You can walk there, have a picnic or simply come and sit for a while in silence watching birds. :)

    I would not recommend going to a park after dark (might not always be safe), but during the day it might be pretty good. As far as I know you can't rent a bike there yet, but if you have one, you can use it there with a great pleasure. In winter there are numerous places where you can rent ski (cross-country).

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    bellechka Yekaterinaburg ladies

    by budapest8 Updated Jun 7, 2006

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    When you come from such a place
    far from anywhere, then many try
    finding a partner on the net.

    Name: Alexandra
    Country: Russia
    Metro: Yekaterinburg
    Birthday: 7/19/1981
    Gender: Female

    Interests: linguistics; snowboarding;
    America of 1940-50s; dictionaries; other books;) ;
    english; italian language&culture&everything else;
    toki pona; funky people; music, garbage, moby, gabin,
    lounge, acidjazz; cinema, larry clark,
    steven spielberg; career; fashion...;

    Occupation: Other somthing not specified
    Industry: Media

    Website: visit my website...
    (of course a small fee is required)
    ICQ: 228358617
    Yahoo: bellechka23


    My my! This young Yekaterinaburger has so many
    hobbies how on earth will she have time with romance!
    Sorry for a small fee, then you will find out that she was
    not so hot in the English language and why does she
    always want to go shopping ? Far better to meet the
    real Russians in person and learn a bit of Ruskie,
    Russians have big hearts when u make a true friend!

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    The war memorial

    by Upstate1NY Updated Dec 29, 2005

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    The war memorial

    Due to time constraints I was only able to view the war memorial in passing as we moved from one location to the next,. The war memorial, as with all most every Russian city I have been in, is a thoughtful composition, artistically designed and skillfully rendered with great sensitivity.

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