I did not get a chance to go to the Opera here, though I heard they have excellent performances. I did pass the Opera house on my way to the downtown area and the US Consulate. As are most Russian Opera Houses (and drama theaters) that date to the Imperial Era of Russia, it is a "Work of Art" in it's own right.
This museum is located in a downtown hotel in an area where there are primly business offices but that does not detract from it's contents, it simply means it is a bit off the "normal" track! Yet it is still in the category of "have a look-see"!
If you are a geology buff, this is THE place to spend some time understanding and appreciating the collection. It has items from the local area but also a few form "all over", like the giant geode I have pictured with this tip!
Located on the south side of the canal are remains of old factories that have been stabilized, "stylized" and redesigned as an outdoor machinery museum with representative samples of equipment from a by-gone era of industrialization.
In the center of the city is a pleasent little plaza (square), amoung other items there, along with Katerine's Chaple, is a statue,.sculpture, honoring the founders of Yekaterinburg, a Russian and a Dutchman, posed here on the pedistal.
The city was founded as an industrial center. There is a canal in the very center that represents the original raceway that powered the local plant machinery.
Just across the street from this central plaza is what was once a very elegant residence. My understnding was that it now houses public offices of some nature.
Yekaterinburg was named for Peter the Great's German wife, Katerina (Who it would seem distained Russians other than her husband). Perhaps that is why the Russians distort Katerina to Yuk'-a-terin-burg rather that saying Ekaterinaburg
Extending east from the power dam is a beautifully landscaped park/plaza area. It has several features related to the origins and destiny of the city. A time capsule is of course very modern but there is also a section of the old city wall. The tower in the distance is not truly significant in the context of other things in the area, unless you count it as a monument to the modern day, it is a broadcast TV antenna! The far end is bridged by the first stone bridge built in the city.
This tiny chapel is in the heart of downtown near the center city canal and outdoor machinery museum. It has been restored, refuirbished and is open for visitors. I was allowed to take pictures inside, there is really only room for four or five people so you are not likely to encounter or interfer with someone deep in prayer.
Ok so you really don't see much except a man made stone monument with some polished granite seemingly to "mark the line". In that sense the equator is not any more "monumental" either and usually it does not have a "stone marker"!
Yes I visited it because it was part of the tour package that took me to the memorial to Stalin's purges and the Monastery of the Holy Royal Martyrs (the original burial site of the royal family of Russia)
Regrettably I had had my money clip stolen (along with 15 euros) while I was in Germany, that I had carried for nearly 30 years (just the clip, not the euros!). So among other things I took the opportunity to buy a replacement marked with the symbol of the monument as my reminder for the next thirty years that I was there!
It would seem like there should be some natural physical demarcation of such a division but in fact what ever real evidence that this is where the land really divides Europe from Asia, is buried deep in some geological layer under your feet! It would be nice to read some intellectual discussion about how they decided "this is the spot" with a discription of the geology behind the logic.
What more solemn location can be found in Russia that the place where Russia's past was buried for 70 years.
Actually the Russian Orthodox Church does not affirm that the remains that were removed and re-interred in the St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg are those of the last royal family of Russia. They believe that the remains are still here in the abandoned gold mine where they were buried during the days after their murder in Yekaterinburg.
I do not have the specific names of each of the churches located here due to a regrettable error in note storage. Nor do I read enough Russian to be able to reconstruct the lost data by reading the signs! The only two structures that i can absolutely identify are the entrance gate and the combined carillon tower/water tower, plus a location, (thanks to the only sign in English) the one that identifys the actual burial site. I am identifying the main cathedral based solely on it's size, my recollections are that it was the largest of those here.
There is a site in the forests outside of Yekaterinburg that has the graves of many victims of Stalin's purges. I understood that while Stalin would order you killed anyplace you were located apparently many victims had first been sent east of the Urals, out-of-sight, out-of-mind may have been the logic behind moving people but murdering them defies reason and logic. The memorial site is reached by a main highway traveling west out Yekaterinburg. In fact in the same direction as the Europe-Asia monument but not quite as far. This was a stop along the way to that site.
Is is a very open area but with defined spaces within that context. The main section has a large Christian cross (actually in the style of western tradition Christians) Perhaps many of Stalin's victims were in fact the Lutheran Finns he had ordered deported from the area around St. Petersburg, ostensibly to lessen the chance they might rebel during the war with Nazi Germany. It is obvious that the site honors all the victims regardless of their faith tradition. The small four sided monument at the center of the radiating paths among the walls of names, has the symbols of all those who trace their faith to the God of Abraham,. Judaism, Christianity (of both eastern and western traditions) and Islam
The new wooden chapel replaced the old one (1999). It is planned to build there "the Temple on the Blood in the Name of All Russian Saints". The city administration is currently trying to collect money for the building.
Every year, on the third Saturday of August, there's a great city festival - the birthday of Yekaterinburg.
The program offers various attractions from early morning till late night: parade of vintage automobiles, open-air concerts of local folklore choruses, dancing ensembles and modern musical bands, open marriage ceremony for dozens of pairs, sport events and regatta on the city pond, flower expositions and a lot more. At night the sky welcomes the annual fireworks festival!
This monastery is being built on the site where the bodies of the Romanovs were first buried. There are 7 churches dedicated to different saints, one of them to the Romanov family (they were declared saints by the Orthodox church). All the buildings are wooden and built in the old Russian way without using nails.
Women have to wear a headscarf and a skirt to enter the monastery. Both are provided at the entrance.
The monastery is at Ganina Yama, about 15 km from Yekaterinburg.
Eburg is a city of contrasts.
It's a symbol city for communist revolution, because it's the place where last zar where killed, but, maybe just for this, as a sort of expiation , it's also a place where the zar's recall is still strong.
so, behind the death monument to zars...
At about 20Km west of Ekaterinburg, there's the Europe-Asia border...it's just a little monument and a strip on the road, but once you're here you can't miss to see it.
...usually tourists enjoy in taking a photo that shows them with a feet in Europe and the other one in Asia :-)
this is the place where the bodies of last zar and his family were burnt and dissolved by acid.
this is considered a holy place of orthodox religion, and a monastir with many wooden churches was recently builded here.