The city tour named «To the borderline between Europe and Asia» starts in the eastern part of the city and runs through the Great Siberian (Moscow) Highway to the “Europe-Asia Boundary” obelisk established on the conventional border between the two parts of the world. The borderline, which is made of Ural stones, is so thin that you can literally stand with one foot in Asia and the other in Europe!
The history of museum of fine arts in Ekaterinburg is also connected with the Urals Society of Devotees of Natural Science: an art department was created by a USDNS’s museum under the patronage of this society (because they also engaged with local history and ethnography) in 1901.
During the times of Great Patriotic War the museum in Sverdlovsk became a filiation of Hermitage – many works were evacuated here.
Today the high-light of the exposition is a Kasli cast-iron pavilion, that won in the year 1900 a grand-prix of Expostition Universelle in Paris. Built upon the project of architect Eugene Baumgarten the pavilion contains 1500 details. Besides this showpiece the museum has a big collection of cast-iron mouldings, the collection of Russian art of XVII-XX centuries including works of Peredvizhniki (such as Savrasov, Levitan, Polenov, Shishkin), Urals applied & decorative arts (Nizhny Tagil trays & Zlatoust etching, stone cutting & jeweller’s art), Westeuropean (preeminently Flemish and Italian) art of XIV – XIX and Russian avant-garde paintings and graphic (Vaynera-building funds).
Ekaterinburg has started as metallurgical and lapidary centre in Ural. In 1896 Urals society of devotees of natural science started a mineralogical workshop to supply educational institutions with minerals collections. That year became a landmark for the “Juvelury Urala” plant – founder and stronghold of Ural jewellery school, which facets Yakutsk diamonds since 1957, cultivates artificial emeralds and successfully performs on worldwide market since 1967. Nowadays the plant is the largest jewellery manufacturer in Russia and has a vast range of goods starting with classical pendants, brooches and chains and ending with utensils such as icons, cigarette cases, trinkets and talismans. Mstislav Rostropovich, Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin ordered here gifts for their high-ranked friends.
Taking a guided tour of the “Juveliry Urala” plant you’ll see how just an idea is evolving to the magnificent piece and will visit various workshops -from 3-d printing to workshop with ultrasonic devices. Get the unique experience and find out some curious industrial secrets behind the curtains!
Welcome party is a traditional celebration which opens every Summer School we launch! Get to know your colleagues, students from all over the world, and your Russian buddies. Do not be shy and enjoy every moment of your multicultural experience J Ice-breaking games, unforgettable Russian sweets and warm friendly atmosphere – you are SUPER welcome in Russia!
Guided tours to the Church on Blood in Honor of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land and to Ganina Yama will take you to the memorial route, which will tell you about the tragic events of Ekaterinburg history of 1918. You will visit the place of execution of the last Russian Tsar, where the Church of all Saints was erected, and the Monastery of Saint Martyrs, the place of the Emperor’s initial burial.
The tour to Koptelovo village is an opportunity to feel what a real Old-Russian village is. The old Ural village Koptelovo was founded in the 17th century and is located 150 kilometers from Ekaterinburg, close to the town of Alapaevsk. It takes about 2.5 hours to get there from the city. Koptelovo is a unique open-air museum of peasantry, and it’s the only place where you can visit an old hut built in the 17th century – without any single nail! You will put a cast-iron kettle into a furnace, learn about the peasants’ life and traditions, and try just-baked buns. You will also visit two museums devoted to agriculture, hunting and fishing. You will hear war stories and feel the atmosphere of the past years. In the end, you will be able to visit the stable yard, where you can drive a sledge or a caravan around the village, taste special Ural flat cakes cooked according to our grandmothers’ receipts, and drink some self-made “Koptelovka”. And of course, no one will be left unaffected by old Russian songs. You will try to dance and sing with the “old babushkas”. The day in Koptelovo will be imprinted in your memory forever!
Nevyansk is one of the oldest metallurgical centers of the Urals. The tour presents you with an old industrial town, Nevyansk, located 86 km from Ekaterinburg. You will learn the history of the mining and metallurgical industry in the Urals and the famous dynasty of merchants of the 17th and 18th centuries – the Demidov’s. You will also visit a unique monument of the past – the Leaning Tower of Nevyansk, which used to be Akinfiy Demidov’s mint. There are a lot of myths and legends connected with the tower. For example, an acoustical room with extraordinary “spy” effects. Also, you will find out some secrets of Russian history about minting counterfeit coins in Siberia and illegal gold mining.
Just as many megacities Ekaterinburg has a progressing skyline. A part of it is Vysotsky - a skyscraper, which you shall visit to see clusters of touristic attractions of Ekaterinburg. Vysotsky used to be the tallest northern building, but now with 188 m it’s a second tallest skyscraper (but the only accessible) in the city. It has 52 floors and gives you the possibility to enjoy a breath-taking view upon 25 km of the capital of Urals. The name of the “giant” is a pun on words: on the one hand, Vysotsky is the surname of the famous soviet bard Vladimir Vysotsky (who was married to a French actress Marina Vlady: the couple has got a monument under the skyscraper); on the other, “vysoky” [высокий], means “tall”.
If you want to know how to cook famous borsch, pelmeni and kulebyaka, or to simply have the best authentic Russian meal in Ekaterinburg – join our lovely cooking evenings and try yourself as a chef! We invite you to join us and immerse into the art of Russia’s unique cuisine alongside locals and surprise your friends and family back home with new delicious meals. The dishes on the menu depend on the season and the local availability of ingredients, but some possible options include beetroot salad, borsch (beetroot soup), herring salad, shchi (cabbage soup) or beef stroganoff. Friendly volunteers and staff will share stories about Russia’s long culinary tradition as you cook together. Russia’s cuisine reflects its history; the heavy recipes of the Soviet era are being reinvented, with fresh ingredients and flavors revitalizing some of the country’s favorite dishes. Discover the secrets to cooking classic Russian dishes such as borsch, beetroot salad and beef stroganoff, then enjoy your meal with a glass of mors, or kvass – a fermented drink made from bread!
In the end, you will take the recipes home with you.
Created / Updated: 27 September 2017 / 27 September 2017
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