EKATERINGBURG

Another big city on the route is Ekaterinburg, situated 1813 kilometres away from Moscow. In the years 1924 - 91 Ekaterinburg was called Sverdlovsk. It lies in the western part of the central North and South Ural (to Chelyabinsk, Zlatoust, Bielorieck, Viazova). In Ekaterinburg lives currently about 1,4 million people, which ranks the city in the fifth position in Russia. The city was established in the first half of the 18th century by Peter the Great. In the 19th century Ekaterinburg became the biggest in Russia metallurgy and metal industry centre. At the beginning of the 20th century the city became famous as a place of revolutionary speeches and demonstrations, and on the night of 16 to 17 July 1918 here was murdered with his family the last Russian tsar - Nicolas II Romanov. The tragedy took place in the House of Ipatiev - a building built in 1880 and bought by engineer Ipatiev in 1908. In 2000, due to numerous pilgrimages of Russian monarchists, on the site of the tragic death of Tsarist family a council was built called the Council of the Blood. In the city there are numerous museums, councils and cathedrals, it is also an important cultural centre. It is worth visiting, among others, the Museum of the History of the City located in the centre in K. Liebkneht street (open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 18:00). The railway station is situated north of the city centre which you can reach by metro or by foot along Sverdlov street.