Yekaterinburg – is the capital of the Ural region
Yekaterinburg – is the capital of the Ural region. It is a large industrial, cultural and scientific center of Russia. The city is named after Catherine I, the wife of Peter the Great.
The city was founded in 1721 at Peter’s direction to raise a metallurgical works on the Iset River. The city was of great importance in the creation of Russian metallurgy, gold-mining and gem industries.
The last Russian Emperor, Nicolas II, spent his last days with his family here. On 19th July 1918 the family was executed by the Bolsheviks in the basement room of Ipatiev’s estate. Nowadays there is the Cathedral, “on spilt blood”.
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