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Of original Ekaterinburg – the fortress and then world's best iron-making works – there has survived next to nothing. Only the dam – or, to be more exact, just the body of it; its facade has been totally remodeled. So one can know Ekaterinburg of the 18th century only from old etchings.
However it is still possible to have a glimpse of the town of the 19th century's early decades – which was its Age of Gold in both literal and metaphorical sense. It was the time when Ural merchants – those daring pioneers – found gold in Siberia. The discoverers' – mostly the so-called old-believers'– golden rule of the thumb was to keep away from the official capitals and authorities, so the shower of gold poured upon and into the capital of the Urals.
Ekaterinburg became a place widely renowned for its gold-and-gems riches. The year 1814 saw the discovery of field gold (vein gold had been known since 1745); 1831 ushered the era of mass output of inexhaustible Ural's emeralds which have been in great demand and fashion ever since; the emerald boom was preceded by the malachite one...
Iron production was in full swing, gold was mined all over Ekaterinburg Valley, the lapidary works never stopped having expensive orders from the Emperor's Court, the Head of the Mining was omnipotent, the local merchants were rich...That epoch formed the architectural style of the Capital-in-the-rear: gray granite, white stone, columns and pillars of light hues, founded and forged metal, abundance of green trees and water – a variety of austere Classicism.
Many foreign travelers wrote of the town's European appearance and considered it among the most beautiful places in Russia.
That town exists no longer. Neither does the large river nor the navigable lake. Nor the golden domes of a host of churches.
Nonetheless, there have remained separate buildings and even entire blocks that might give one an idea of what old Ekaterinburg used to be.

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  • GrantBoone's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2010 at 4:35 AM

    Great photos and tips!

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    Aug 5, 2007 at 12:53 AM

    I almost chose this destination a few years ago at the end of CCCP, because there was a new lufthansa flight frankfurt-MOCKBA-yekaterinburg

  • umashanker's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2005 at 2:51 AM

    Very nice introduction of Ekatrinburg.

  • DC_UNITED's Profile Photo
    Jun 20, 2005 at 8:11 AM

    Great page. Will be in E-burg in August. Looking forward to the places pictured on your site.

  • bijo69's Profile Photo
    Aug 15, 2004 at 1:51 PM

    Excellent page! Planning to go to Yekaterinburg soon.

  • Nov 13, 2003 at 2:53 AM

    Great page and nice phtographs...

  • manuelEB's Profile Photo
    Jun 24, 2003 at 5:36 AM

    Yekaterinburg is a jewel, isn't it?

  • Klod5's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2003 at 4:13 AM

    Très belle photos ! Yekaterin-Bourg est vraiment une ville magnifique. I know this town because I have a Friend who live here, and I am happy to know his town, now ... Thank's you Xenia.

  • Mar 24, 2003 at 1:29 AM

    Super pix and lots of nice places and buildings! Tnx for a great page!

  • Henkster's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2003 at 9:54 AM

    Beautiful photos here! A rather unknown place, but good information.

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