Yekaterinburg city: history, architecture and culture!

Yekaterinburg city: history, architecture and culture!

Join us on our trip, and read about the beautiful city of Yekaterinburg, learn more about its history, cultural attractions: theaters, libraries and museums and of course, its interesting architecture!

How did Yekaterinburg get its name?

The city was founded on 18 November 1723 and named after the Russian emperor Peter the Great’s wife, who after his death became Catherine I, Yekaterina being the Russian form of her name.


Yekaterinburg contains many buildings of various architectural styles. In old days, the city had a regular layout, based on the fortresses of the Renaissance and by the principles of French town planning during the seventeenth century. Nowaday the center of Yekaterinburg became the center of new construction, where banks, business centers, hotels, luxury residential complexes, and sports and shopping centers were built. High-tech architecture grew advanced, with buildings such as the Center for Railway Transportation Management. Along with this, postmodernism revived interest in the older architectural styles of Yekaterinburg, growing more emphasis on historicalism and contextualism. In the late 1990s, architects grew interested in regionalism. In 2010, Yekaterinburg became one of the largest centers for the construction of High-rise buildings. In the city, 1,189 high-rise buildings were built, including twenty skyscrapers, the tallest of which is the Iset Tower, with a height of 209 meters.

Sevastyanov's palace and vysotsky tower
Various architectural styles in a single picture in Yekaterinburg!

Notable cultural and architectural attractions to visit in Yekaterinburg:

If you are interested in cultural activities, you have several choices:

Libraries and theaters:

In addition to its industrial importance, The city of Yekaterinburg is also a multipurpose cultural center of the Urals Federal District. Therefore, you can see many libraries and theaters in it.
For instant: The Sverdlovsk Oblast Universal Scientific Library, the V.G. Belinsky Scientific Library, which is the largest public library in Sverdlovsk Oblast, and the Municipal Library Association, which is composed of 41 libraries throughout the city, including the AI Herzen Central City Library.

Yekaterinburg has also the third most theaters in Russia. Notable theatres that operate in the city are the Yekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, Academic Theater of Musical Comedy, Drama Theater, Kolyada-Theater, the youth theater, and the puppet theater, as well as others.


Yekaterinburg has unique museum collections, such as the collections of Russian paintings in the Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts, and don’t forget the Nevyansk icons in the Nevyansk Icon Museum, with more than three hundred icons representing the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries on display.

Moreover, The United Museum of Writers of the Urals presents exhibitions in memory of writers such as Dmitry Mamin-Sibiryak and Pavel Bazhov. It also is the home of the Shigirskaya Kladovaya, or Shigir Collection, which includes the oldest known wooden sculpture in the world. The sculpture was found near Nevyansk and now is estimated to have been made 11,500 years ago.

Every year, the museums of Yekaterinburg participate in the international event “Long Night of Museums”.

Other places you may like to visit while you are in Yekaterinburg:

Yekaterinburg.V.I Filatov State Circus
Yekaterinburg V. I. Filatov State Circus is located in the center of the city, on the western bank of the Iset River. In 2012, this Circus was on the nomination list of the “Best Circus of the Year” for the circus show Sharivari by the Rosgoscirk and the Ministry of Culture.


In this picture we can see Plotinka, which is the local name for the weir that separates the city pond from the historical park behind.


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