About Ekaterinburg

Ekaterinburg was founded as a fortified ironworks in 1723, during the era of industrial development of the Urals and Siberia. The city was named after Saint Catherine of Alexandria (the patron saint of mining), as well as Empress Catherine I.

In the 19th century it was the only “mining town” in Russia, the so-called “state inside the state”. Metal produced at Ekaterinburg’s plants was used in construction of the most famous architectural structures and buildings around the world. The heritage of the XX century was over 100 unique constructivist monuments and a status of the country’s industrial heart.

The eventful history of Ekaterinburg, unique architectural, archeological, cultural and artistic artifacts, impressive natural landscape, and multiethnic traditions attract tourists from all over the world. There’re over 600 historical and cultural heritage objects in the city, 43 of which are of national importance. More than 50 museums, 15 professional theaters, 2 philharmonics, a conservatoire, and a film studio are located here. The city is also known for its developed network of sports facilities.

Today, with its 1.5 million residents, Ekaterinburg is the largest city on the borderline between two parts of the world – Europe and Asia. It is a modern city of industry, business, science and commerce with a significant investment potential. Ekaterinburg also represents the country as an international transportation and tourism center, and successfully hosts diplomatic, sports, and cultural events of national and global importance. It is the 3rd city in Russia by the number of foreign diplomatic missions located here.

Its unique geopolitical position and significant economic influence is the reason the city is rightfully called the Capital of the Urals. Its innovative strategies combined with the amazing character of its residents – firm, persistent, opened to new ideas, and aspiring to excel in any field – are what makes Ekaterinburg Russia’s City of the Future.