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Yekaterinburg
Country Russian Federation
State Sverdlovsk Oblast
City Yekaterinburg
Type of Location Multiple
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The city was founded in 1893 at the future site of a Trans-Siberian Railway bridge crossing the great Siberian river of Ob.In honor of both Saint Nicholas and the reigning tsar, Nicholas II. The bridge was completed in the spring of 1897, making the new settlement the regional transport hub. The importance of the city further increased with the completion of the Turkestan-Siberia Railway in the early 20th century. The new railway connected Novosibirsk to Central Asia and the Caspian Sea.

 Novosibirsk is Russia's third-largest city, after Moscow and Saint Petersburg, and the largest city of Siberia, with a population of 1,473,700 (2010 Census preliminary results).[11] It is the administrative center of Novosibirsk Oblast as well as of the Siberian Federal District. The city is located in the southwestern portion of the federal district and occupies an area of 477.2 square kilometres (184.2 sq mi).

   
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Novosibirsk is the third-largest city in Russia (after Moscow and St. Petersburg) and the first in Siberia in which a metro system was established (the Novosibirsk Metro, opened in 1985). The city is served by Novosibirsk Tolmachevo Airport with regular flights to Europe and Asia as well as to other Russian cities. Tolmachevo is the hub for S7 Airlines. There is also the auxiliary Novosibirsk Elitsovka Airport and a smaller field for general aviation at Novosibirsk Severny Airport. Novosibirsk was one of the stops for the 2008 edition of the popular television show, "The Amazing Race (Series 14, Leg 5)."
 

   
Key places to visit  
Novosibirsk Zoo,Alexandre Nevsky Cathedral,The Cathedral of Ascension,State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre
Places to Visit  

Novosibirsk Zoo

The city's leading tourist attraction for families, Novosibirsk Zoo enjoys a natural woodland setting and is an exceptional zoo, being highly regarded throughout the world. Home to more than 11,000 exotic animals and creatures, covering almost 4,000 different animal species, the zoo is visited each year by around one million tourists and is approximately 131 acres / 53 hectares in size. The zoo is especially famous for its big cats, which include rare white tigers, along with Siberian tigers, important relatives of the African Cape lion and a number of endangered species. Recently, one of the Bengalese tigers at Novosibirsk Zoo was in the news, after giving birth to a tiger-lion cub, known as a 'liger'.
Novosibirsk tourist attraction open: daily, seasonal variations
Novosibirsk tourist attraction admission: charge, discounts for children

Alexandre Nevsky Cathedral


One of the most well-known landmarks in central Novosibirsk, the Alexandre Nevsky Cathedral was completed in 1898 and boasts an elaborate red-brick exterior, which Byzantine-style architecture. This cathedral is amongst the city's most historic stone buildings and was thoroughly renovated towards the end of the 20th century, being reopened in the early 1990s, after being visited by the Patriarch Aleksey II, a leading of Russia's Orthodox Church. The main attractions at the Alexandre Nevsky Cathedral are worth getting your camera out for and include gilded domes, detailed stonework, and some rather special murals.
Novosibirsk tourist attraction open: daily
Novosibirsk tourist attraction admission: free

The Cathedral of Ascension


The Cathedral of Ascension presides over the Ulitsa Sovetskaya with its hard-to-miss golden domes and dates back to 1914. However, you are in for quite a surprise when you step inside, since the interior is far larger that you would expect it to be from the outside. Inside you will discover nothing short of a soaring space, filled with many colourful attractions and decorations, and flooded with natural light.
Novosibirsk tourist attraction open: daily
Novosibirsk tourist attraction admission: free
 

State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

The premier theatre not only in Novosibirsk, but in the whole of Siberia, the State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre dates back to 1945, which it first opened its doors. This is also the biggest theatre in the whole of the Russian Federation, making it an extremely important landmark and an iconic attraction often widely associated with the city of Novosibirsk. The theatre itself features a huge self-supporting dome some 60 metres / 197 feet wide and around 35 metres / 115 feet high. Capable of accommodating seated audiences of around 2,000 people, the interior of the State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre features some interesting reproductions of Greek statues, which adorn its upper gallery area. Due to its sheer size and scale, the theatre has earned itself the nickname of the 'Siberian Coliseum'.
Novosibirsk tourist attraction open: daily, hours vary according to performance
Novosibirsk tourist attraction admission: charge

   
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