10/04/2012 - 15:31

Chelyabinsk

Челябинск –  столица Южного Урала

Chelyabinsk is the Sports Capital of the Ural Region

Chelyabinsk is now famous all over the world as the city that witnessed a meteor falling a close distance from it, but there are other reasons why it is known in the sports world. It is the South Ural region where various large-scale sports competitions are held. In particular, in recent years the metropolis has hosted a whole range of international tournaments, including the World Curling Championship, the European Judo Championship, the World Cup Speed Skating preliminary rounds and the European U19 Water Polo Championship.

Despite being a relatively young city (the city is only 277 years old) Chelyabinsk has a population of more than a million people. Until recently it looked like an ordinary big industrial city. However the last few years have brought about a lot of changes. The historical buildings in the city’s central streets have been renovated. The unique architectural monuments now look quite modern while preserving the spirit of previous times. As twilight falls, Chelyabinsk is illuminated with bright welcoming lights. The multicolored illumination is part of the governor’s plan to enhance the city’s image. What’s more, Chelyabinsk is one of the few (if not the only one) of Russia’s big cities free of traffic jams. People from neighbouring regions would often say with a bit of envy: “We are stalled, but Chelyabinsk is moving!”

A Walk Through the City

The metropolis occupies an area of approximately 53 thousand ha. It is twice smaller than Moscow and is comparable to the size of Andorra. Revolution Square is the main landmark on the city map. It is from here that Kirova street starts; which is known to be the most beautiful and remarkable street in Chelyabinsk. Nicknamed by the locals as “Kirovka”, this street is always full of people and free of traffic especially since it has been transformed into a pedestrian area, just like the Arbat in Moscow.

Kirovka is “inhabited” by a number of bronze sculptures. They don’t look like majestic monuments, but are just man-size statues. A carriage with a drowsy coachman, a pretty young lady viewing herself in the mirror, a painter with an easel and a number of other characters have become a part of this street that is itself a homage to history.

Kirova Street features multiple bars, cafés and restaurants suited to every fancy and budget. One can try the traditional Russian cuisine at Uralskiye Pelmeni, have some Italian pizza at Pepperoni, order a plate of Ukrainian Borsch at Zhuravlina or have a glass of beer at the Fox & Goose Irish Pub. Kirovka is a free Wi-Fi zone, which makes it a nice place to easily connect with one’s friends or upload new pictures to social networks.

Sightseeing of Chelyabinsk

  • The monument «Sphere of Love» - Chelyabinsk yin-yan

    «Sphere of Love» - the most romantic and unusual sculpture in Chelyabinsk. The city presented it to the Chelyabinsk residents on the 264-year anniversary and soon the monument became popular among newlyweds.

  • Gagarin Park – variety of family rest and entertainments

    The Central Park of Culture and Rest is named after the world's first astronaut Yuri Gagarin, and is one of the most popular family attractions in Chelyabinsk, and also one of the best parks in Russia.

  • Monument to Kurchatov – nuclear scientist from the Chelyabinsk region

    The monument to Igor Kurchatov is located next to the South Ural State University – the focus for scientists and students.

  • Chelyabinsk State Academic Drama Theatre named after Nahum Orlov – traditional and modern composition

    The Drama Theatre named after Nahum Orlov is at the summit of the modern city center. It was firstly opened in 1921 in the building of the National House, but in 1982 it moved to its current location. Now the theatre is situated on the Revolution...

  • Holy Trinity Church - the keeper of Orthodox traditions

    Holy Trinity Church is the oldest temple in Chelyabinsk. It is only 30 years older than the city. The wooden church was consecrated in 1768.

  • Opera and Ballet Theater named after Glinka – the source of high art

    The Chelyabinsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre named after Michael Glinka is one of the greatest theaters in Russia. It is a true landmark of the South Ural’s capital.

  • The monument "Orlenok" – soviet statue to honor young and brave people

    The monument «Orlenok» is located in the heart of the city. It was opened in 1958 and became a symbol of Chelyabinsk. «Orlenok» is a generalized image of  a Civil War hero.

  • The temple of Alexander Nevsky

    Superb acoustics, incense, candles and icons… the Alexander Nevsky temple is a truly unique place in Chelyabinsk.

  • The Victory Garden – the only Urals museum of weapons under the open sky

    The Victory Garden is a traditional rest place for Chelyabinsk citizens and guests. The park, founded more than a half century ago, became a real attraction after renovation in 2009.

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  • The fastest ice in Russia - Ice Palace «Ural Molnia»

    Ice Palace «Ural Molnia» is the first biggest playground in Chelyabinsk and the second biggest 400-meters indoor skating ring in Russia with artificial ice.

  • Pipe production department «Altitude 239» ChTPZ - the roots of the «white metallurgy»

    The launch of the large pipe production department «Altitude 239» at Chelyabinsk Pipe Rolling Plant was on July 23, 2010.

    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin came to push the symbolic button. The head of...

  • Elena Elesina Athletic Complex - professional trainings all year-round

    In 2003 in Chelyabinsk was open a giant sport complex, that was named after Olympic high jump champion Helena Elesina.

  • Chelyabinsk Regional Museum – South Urals History Guide

    A building with an unusual configuration is situated in the historic center of Chelyabinsk and on the banks of Miass River. It’s roof looks like the outlines of an ancient fortress.

  • Kirovka Street – the city’s glory

    The most famous pedestrian street in Chelyabinsk is Kirovka.  Its beautification can be compared to Moscow Arbat. But South Urals «sister» of Arbat is truly unique: it is designed with life-size sculptures.