46 Facts About Yekaterinburg


Yekaterinburg, alternatively romanized as Ekaterinburg and formerly known as Sverdlovsk, is a city and the administrative centre of Sverdlovsk Oblast and the Ural Federal District, Russia.

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Yekaterinburg is the fourth-largest city in Russia, the largest city in the Ural Federal District, and one of Russia's main cultural and industrial centres.

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Yekaterinburg has been dubbed the "Third capital of Russia", as it is ranked third by the size of its economy, culture, transportation and tourism.

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Yekaterinburg became a key city to Siberia, which had rich resources.

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Yekaterinburg is one of Russia's most important economic centres and was one of the host cities of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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Yekaterinburg is home to the headquarters of the Central Military District of the Russian Armed Forces, as well as the presidium of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and would have been the host city of the 2023 Summer World University Games.

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Yekaterinburg is famous for its constructivist architecture and is considered the "Russian capital of street art".

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Archaeological artifacts in the vicinity of Yekaterinburg were first discovered during railway construction, at the end of the 19th century.

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Until 1863, Yekaterinburg remained subordinate to the head of the mining plants of the Uralsky ridge, the minister of finance and personally to the emperor, and enjoyed considerable freedom from the governor's power.

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On 19 October 1920, Yekaterinburg established its first university, the Ural State University, as well as polytechnic, pedagogical, and medical institutions under the decree of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin.

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In 1924, the city of Yekaterinburg was renamed Sverdlovsk after the Bolshevik leader Yakov Sverdlov.

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In 2018, Yekaterinburg hosted four matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and was planned to become the host city for the 2023 Summer World University Games.

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Yekaterinburg is located on a natural watershed, so there would be many bodies of water close and in the city.

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Yekaterinburg uses the Yekaterinburg Time, which is five hours ahead of UTC, and two hours ahead of Moscow Time.

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Executive and administrative body of the municipal formation is the Administration of the City of Yekaterinburg, led by the head of the Administration, currently held by Aleksandr Yacob.

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Economist-geographer Natalia Zubarevich points out that at the present stage, Yekaterinburg has practically lost its industrial specialisation.

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Yekaterinburg is one of the largest financial and business centres in Russia, with offices of multinational corporations, representative offices of foreign companies, and a large number of federal and regional financial and credit organisations.

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The financial market of Yekaterinburg is characterised by stability and independence, based both on the broad presence of large foreign and Moscow credit organisations and on the availability of large and stable local financial holdings.

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Financial sector of Yekaterinburg has more than 100 banks, including 11 foreign banks.

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The list of the largest Russian banks for assets for 2016 included 10 banks registered in Yekaterinburg, including but not all: Ural Bank for Reconstruction and Development, SKB-Bank, Uraltransbank, and UM Bank.

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Also in Yekaterinburg is the Ural headquarters of the Central Bank of Russia.

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Yekaterinburg has been a major industrial centre since its foundation.

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The network of catering enterprises in Yekaterinburg is presented as follows: 153 restaurants, 210 bars, 445 cafes, 100 coffee houses, 582 dining rooms, 189 eateries, 173 fast-food establishments, 10 tea shops, 319 other types of institutions .

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Yekaterinburg is a major centre for the Russian tourist industry.

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In 2014, Yekaterinburg ranked third among Russian cities in popularity among foreign tourists after Moscow and St Petersburg.

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Yekaterinburg is the third largest transport hub of Russia, behind Moscow and St Petersburg.

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Yekaterinburg is served by two primary airports: Koltsovo International Airport and the smaller Yekaterinburg Aramil Airport.

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Yekaterinburg has an extensive network of municipal, regional and federal health facilities.

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Today, the city is one of the largest educational centres of Russia, with Yekaterinburg considered to be the leading educational and scientific centre of the Urals.

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In terms of the level of qualification of the graduates, Yekaterinburg's universities are among the leading in Russia, in particular in terms of the number of graduates representing the current managing elite of the country, Yekaterinburg universities are second only to the educational institutions of Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

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Yekaterinburg is a multipurpose cultural centre of the Urals Federal District.

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Yekaterinburg has unique museum collections, such as the collections of Russian paintings in the Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts and the Nevyansk icons in the Nevyansk Icon Museum, with more than 300 icons representing the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries on display.

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The Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, founded by Mark Paverman and located in Yekaterinburg, is very popular in Russia and in Europe, as well as the Ural Academic Popular Chorus, a folk-singing and dance ensemble.

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In 2012, the Yekaterinburg Circus was nominated "Best Circus of the Year" for the circus show Sharivari by the Rosgoscirk and the Ministry of Culture.

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On 18 June 2011, Yekaterinburg launched Red Line as a pedestrian tourist route for self-guided tours by residents and visitors to go to 34 landmarks in the historical section of the city.

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Many buildings of Yekaterinburg are ranged from a different number of architectural styles.

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Yekaterinburg designed the assemblies of the Verkhne-Isetsky factory as well as the Novo-Tikhvinsky Monastery.

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Centre of Yekaterinburg became the centre of new construction, where banks, business centres, hotels, luxury residential complexes, and sports and shopping centres were built.

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At the beginning of the 21st century, Yekaterinburg architects turned back to the Soviet-based avant-garde, and influence future city buildings with the neoconstructivist style.

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In 2010, Yekaterinburg became one of the largest centers for the construction of High-rise buildings.

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In 2018, Yekaterinburg was one of the 11 Russian cities that hosted the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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Yekaterinburg has a total of 1728 sports facilities, including 16 stadiums with stands, 440 indoor gyms and 45 swimming pools.

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Yekaterinburg has many professional sports clubs in sports such as volleyball, basketball, futsal, bandy, and ice hockey for both women and men.

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Yekaterinburg hosted four matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Yekaterinburg is one of the 11 Russian cities that hosted the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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In June 2013, at the 153rd General Assembly of the Bureau of International Expositions held in Paris, representatives from Yekaterinburg presented the city's bid to host the 2020 World Expo.

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Yekaterinburg hosted the Global Summit on Manufacturing and Industrialization GMIS under the auspices of the United Nations.

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