One of the 12 Ideal Cities of the World
Ekaterinburg is the largest and easternmost city on the overland border between Europe and Asia. According to statistics, every hour 78 trains cross the border between parts of the world in Ekaterinburg. The unique geographic location and one the most popular landmarks of the city is only seventeen kilometers from the center of Ekaterinburg.
Ekaterinburg is the most consolidated “million-plus” city in Russia. It is the only Russian city with population over one million people that is so neat and well consolidated. The developed area of the city is stretched only 20 km from north to south and 15 km from east to west. A trip in Ekaterinburg Metro from the first to final stop on North-South line takes only 19 minutes.
In 2002, UNESCO recognized Ekaterinburg as one of the 12 ideal cities of the world.
Magical Mythological Creatures
Ancient Greeks were already familiar with the territory of the Urals where Ekaterinburg is situated. Aeschylus, Plato and Herodotus mentioned in their writings the fantastic wealth of the Ural land, its mysterious power, as well as magical mythological creatures inhabiting it. See more here.
Older than the Pyramids of Egypt
The world’s oldest wooden sculpture – Big Shigir idol – is exhibited in Ekaterinburg. The idol is older than the pyramids of Egypt, its age is 9,500 years. The results of radiocarbon analysis of the sculpture found in the vicinity of Ekaterinburg were sensational: the idol was made with stone tools in the Mesolithic era, 8 millennium BC.
Unique Kasli Cast Iron Pavilion
The unique Kasli cast iron pavilion is exhibited in Ekaterinburg. It was created by Ural craftsmen and won the Grand Prix and Gold Medal at the World’s Fair in Paris in 1900. Each of the 25 workers who put the pavilion together at the exhibition in Paris received a silver watch with inscription as an award for their talent. The pavilion is made of more than 1,500 unique cast iron elements and sculptures, and weighs about 20 tons. In 1978 the pavilion was registered by UNESCO as the world’s only cast iron architectural structure preserved in a museum collection.
Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty Built with Ural Metals
Metal produced at Ekaterinburg’s plants was used in construction of the most famous architectural structures and buildings around the world. For example, the very first English industrial machines were made of iron produced in the Urals. In 1820, roofing iron made in Ekaterinburg was used to cover the roof of the English Parliament in London. Ural steel was used in construction of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and Ural copper was used in construction of the Statue of Liberty in New York.
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