Thursday, June 4, 2009

Yekaterinburg, Russia

I have been to Yekaterinburg a couple of times. It is located on the border of Europe and Asia, right on the Ural Mountains. It is the very beginning of Siberia. When I was little, it was called Sverdlovsk for Yakov Sverdlov, one of bolsheviks' leaders.

(Russian: Екатеринбу́рг) is a major city in the central part of Russia. Situated on the eastern side of the Ural Mountain Range, it is the main industrial and cultural center of the Ural Region. Its population is 1,293,537 which makes it Russia's fifth largest city. On the card, you can see 3 of the city's theaters.

The city was founded in 1723 by Vasily Tatischev and named after Saint Catherine, the namesake of Tsar Peter the Great's wife Empress Catherine I (Yekaterina).

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