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City of Contrasts
City of Contrasts
Any city is always a territory of contradictions. And these contradictions and paradoxes always give rise to something new and original. Even the Ural Mountains are a contradiction — a mixture of European and Asian culture. On the basis of it, the famous unshakable Ural spirit is born.

Ekaterinburg is a city of contrasts. Here an old wooden house can stand right next to a glass skyscraper, and in the middle of a dormitory district you can find a hidden block of merchant mansions. Let's try to go through the urban wilds, look at the other side of main tourist routes – after all, it is there that the most interesting things are usually hidden.
Welcome
Start: 11:00, from the Ekaterinburg Guest Centre (4v, Gorkogo street).

How to get there
    How to get there:
    • If you arrived by train or bus to the Northern bus station. Take the underground (Uralskaya station) for 28 rubles, go to 1905 Square station, walk for 700 m and you are there.
    • If you arrived by bus to the Southern bus station. Take the underground (Chalovskaya station) for 28 rubles, go to 1905 Square station, walk for 700 m and you are there.
    • If you arrived at the Koltsovo airport: take a taxi. If you get popular Yandex, Gett, Uber taxi the journey will cost you around 300 rubles. But you can also take Bus No. 1 for 28 rubles. You should get off at Academy of Architecture station, walk for 700 m, and you are there.
    Route
    The Water Tower → Tatishchev and de Genin monument → Graffiti "We will be better" → Museum of History of Ekaterinburg → Sevastianov's House → Ekaterinburg City Administration → Lenin Monument → Gastroli restaurant → Borisa Yeltsina street + Yeltsin Centre → Glavny Prospekt International Art Centre → Opera and Ballet Theatre → Mamulya restaurant → The Rosy Jane pub
    The Dam
    The Dam, or as it is lovingly called by the locals "Plotinka", is the oldest construction of the city. It is here that the Ekaterinburg was founded, and this place determined the following development of the city. You can admire the power of the falling water and take a few photos.

    Note that some iron plates under your feet are shabby. According to one of the versions, the floor of the demolished St. Catherine's Cathedral, which was located a bit further away from the Water Tower, used to be paved with these plates.
    Mammas big house and the building of the Ural Mining Administration
    просп. Ленина, 26
    Having enjoyed the views of the Dam, let's move further and go upstairs on the other side. After walking a little along the street, you will see Mammas Big House cafe to your left - if you are hungry, it's time to have a snack, because you still have a long walk ahead of you.

    By the way, this cafe is located in the first stone house of Ekaterinburg, which was built in 1739, a few years after the foundation of the city. Now there is the Conservatory in this house.

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    Tupikovs' mansion (Actor's House)
    8, 8 Marta str.
    After leaving Mammas cafe, cross the road to the other side of the street and head towards a yellow two-floor mansion. This is the former Tupikovs' mansion, and now it is the Actor's House. By the way, historical interiors have been restored inside the building, so you can ask to go inside, and maybe you will be allowed to look around the house if there are no events being held there at the moment.

    There is a funny story about the interior of the house. Allegedly, the architect hid a reference to the name of the owner in the stucco molding on the ceiling of the large hall. Experts had been trying to find something connected with "Tupik" (dead end in Russian) for a long time, but as it often happens, a random visitor noticed a bird in the stucco moulding that is also called "Tupik" (Sea parrot)

    In addition, the initials ST on the grate above the porch remind us of the house owner: they stand for Stepan Tupikov.

    It should be noted that in the Urals the Old Believers were quite widespread. This is one of the branches of Orthodoxy, which, however, was not approved by the official church, so the Old Believers kept their faith a secret. The Tupikovs were Old Believers, too, so in the basement of their house they had a secret prayer room. It was there that family treasures were hidden, which the Admiral Kolchak's army took with them during the Civil War.
    Merchants Korobkovs' House
    25 Lenin Ave.
    Let's go across the square to the Europe shopping centre. You may notice that the glass shopping centre is built upon the facade of the old mansions. If you look at the facade of the mansion from the Lenina street, you will notice an interesting peculiarity -

    The house consists of two identical facades, however, one part of the facade is beautifully decorated with external decor, and the other is quite simple and ascetic. There is an urban legend associated with this: these houses belonged to two brothers, the merchants Korobkovs, and one of them spent all the money to decorate the outside of the house, and the other — to decorate the inside. Unfortunately, only facades have survived to this day.
    The Svedlovsk rock club
    9 Volodarsky street
    Let's go back a little and turn into the Volodarsky Street. Walk for just 100 meters along it, and to your left you will see a gray constructivist building with a rounded facade and the inscription "CLUB". This is the Svedlov's House of Culture. It has rich history, but it is famous all around the country because this is where the Sverdlovsk Rock Club was based. In the late 80s, the generation of Ural rockers, whose songs today are familiar to everyone, gathered here: Nautilus Pompilius, Chaif, Agatha Christie, and many others.
    The Book House store
    ул. Антона Валека, 12а
    When you leave the Volodarsky street and turn left, the Book House store will be on your right. This is a large book store where you can also buy some souvenirs.

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    Tatar settlement
    28 Sacco and Vanzetti streets
    When you leave the Volodarsky street, turn left and go straight for two blocks along the Antona Valeka street. Soon you will see a beautiful 2-storey wooden mansion in front of you. And if you look to your left, you will notice two more remarkable wooden houses.

    These two buildings are the Brothers Agafurovs' mansion. In the architecture of the house on the right (the white one), eastern characteristics may be distinguished. It is so for a reason since the Agafurovs were tatars, and now the representative office of the Republic of Tatarstan is located in this building.

    The Agafurovs were very rich and well-respected businessmen in the Urals, they actively participated in charity. After the revolution, the Agafurovs emigrated, but naturally couldn't take all their treasures with them. For a long time there were legends about a treasure buried in the courtyard of the house. And only in 1929, when the situation became a little more stable, one of the heiresses of the house returned to her homeland and, using a map drawn by former residents, helped find the treasure. It was a bar of gold that weighed a pound. The heiress got a small share of the treasure and safely left Russia. Before leaving, she also mentioned that some jewelry could be buried under the gate. After that, the area around the mansions was dug all over for a few times, and the treasure was really found. However, this story still kept the locals excited for a long time afterwards as they believed they could find more of the hidden Agafurovs' treasure.
    Ural Vision Galery
    10 Sheinkman St.
    Turn left, go between the two Agafurovs' mansions and move on to the Sheinkmana street. There is one of the many galleries of contemporary art here, Ural Vision Galery, and if you have time and desire you can have a look at the exhibitions held there.

    FREE VISIT WITH A " GUEST CARD"

    Glavny Prospekt
    8 Lenin Ave.
    From Ural Vision Galery go along the Sheinkmana street in the direction of the Lenina street. You will get straight to another art gallery — Glavny Prospekt. There is a big collection of works by Ekaterinburg and international artists.

    FREE VISIT WITH A " GUEST CARD"
    Stadium or Engels
    If you aren't too tired, you may keep on going straight along the Lenina street and soon you will get to the Central Stadium which was reconstructed before the World Cup. The giant construction is really impressive. And if you are tired, you may go the opposite way along the Lenina street, then turn right to the Khokhryakova street.

    After walking for a couple of blocks, you will find yourself near a small group of interesting places – Engels coffee shop, where you can regain your strength, drink coffee, and try local waffles, Reptiles, Crabs, and Some Wine restaurant, where you can have seafood and a glass of wine for dinner, the Karma wine bar, where you will be offered to answer three simple questions, and then you will get your karma wine, and Nelson Sauvin craft bar, where the creative people of the city regularly meet.


    USE YOUR DISCOUNT "GUEST CARD" - 7%
    The Dam
    The Dam, or as it is lovingly called by the locals "Plotinka", is the oldest construction of the city. It is here that the Ekaterinburg was founded, and this place determined the following development of the city. You can admire the power of the falling water and take a few photos.

    Note that some iron plates under your feet are shabby. According to one of the versions, the floor of the demolished St. Catherine's Cathedral, which was located a bit further away from the Water Tower, used to be paved with these plates.
    Mammas big house and the building of the Ural Mining Administration
    просп. Ленина, 26
    Having enjoyed the views of the Dam, let's move further and go upstairs on the other side. After walking a little along the street, you will see Mammas Big House cafe to your left - if you are hungry, it's time to have a snack, because you still have a long walk ahead of you.

    By the way, this cafe is located in the first stone house of Ekaterinburg, which was built in 1739, a few years after the foundation of the city. Now there is the Conservatory in this house.

    USE YOUR DISCOUNT "GUEST CARD" - 7%
    Tupikovs' mansion (Actor's House)
    8, 8 Marta str.
    After leaving Mammas cafe, cross the road to the other side of the street and head towards a yellow two-floor mansion. This is the former Tupikovs' mansion, and now it is the Actor's House. By the way, historical interiors have been restored inside the building, so you can ask to go inside, and maybe you will be allowed to look around the house if there are no events being held there at the moment.

    There is a funny story about the interior of the house. Allegedly, the architect hid a reference to the name of the owner in the stucco molding on the ceiling of the large hall. Experts had been trying to find something connected with "Tupik" (dead end in Russian) for a long time, but as it often happens, a random visitor noticed a bird in the stucco moulding that is also called "Tupik" (Sea parrot)

    In addition, the initials ST on the grate above the porch remind us of the house owner: they stand for Stepan Tupikov.

    It should be noted that in the Urals the Old Believers were quite widespread. This is one of the branches of Orthodoxy, which, however, was not approved by the official church, so the Old Believers kept their faith a secret. The Tupikovs were Old Believers, too, so in the basement of their house they had a secret prayer room. It was there that family treasures were hidden, which the Admiral Kolchak's army took with them during the Civil War.
    Merchants Korobkovs' House
    25 Lenin Ave.
    Let's go across the square to the Europe shopping centre. You may notice that the glass shopping centre is built upon the facade of the old mansions. If you look at the facade of the mansion from the Lenina street, you will notice an interesting peculiarity -

    The house consists of two identical facades, however, one part of the facade is beautifully decorated with external decor, and the other is quite simple and ascetic. There is an urban legend associated with this: these houses belonged to two brothers, the merchants Korobkovs, and one of them spent all the money to decorate the outside of the house, and the other — to decorate the inside. Unfortunately, only facades have survived to this day.
    The Svedlovsk rock club
    9 Volodarsky street
    Let's go back a little and turn into the Volodarsky Street. Walk for just 100 meters along it, and to your left you will see a gray constructivist building with a rounded facade and the inscription "CLUB". This is the Svedlov's House of Culture. It has rich history, but it is famous all around the country because this is where the Sverdlovsk Rock Club was based. In the late 80s, the generation of Ural rockers, whose songs today are familiar to everyone, gathered here: Nautilus Pompilius, Chaif, Agatha Christie, and many others.
    The Book House store
    ул. Антона Валека, 12а
    When you leave the Volodarsky street and turn left, the Book House store will be on your right. This is a large book store where you can also buy some souvenirs.

    USE YOUR DISCOUNT "GUEST CARD" - 7%
    Tatar settlement
    28 Sacco and Vanzetti streets
    When you leave the Volodarsky street, turn left and go straight for two blocks along the Antona Valeka street. Soon you will see a beautiful 2-storey wooden mansion in front of you. And if you look to your left, you will notice two more remarkable wooden houses.

    These two buildings are the Brothers Agafurovs' mansion. In the architecture of the house on the right (the white one), eastern characteristics may be distinguished. It is so for a reason since the Agafurovs were tatars, and now the representative office of the Republic of Tatarstan is located in this building.

    The Agafurovs were very rich and well-respected businessmen in the Urals, they actively participated in charity. After the revolution, the Agafurovs emigrated, but naturally couldn't take all their treasures with them. For a long time there were legends about a treasure buried in the courtyard of the house. And only in 1929, when the situation became a little more stable, one of the heiresses of the house returned to her homeland and, using a map drawn by former residents, helped find the treasure. It was a bar of gold that weighed a pound. The heiress got a small share of the treasure and safely left Russia. Before leaving, she also mentioned that some jewelry could be buried under the gate. After that, the area around the mansions was dug all over for a few times, and the treasure was really found. However, this story still kept the locals excited for a long time afterwards as they believed they could find more of the hidden Agafurovs' treasure.
    Ural Vision Galery
    10 Sheinkman St.
    Turn left, go between the two Agafurovs' mansions and move on to the Sheinkmana street. There is one of the many galleries of contemporary art here, Ural Vision Galery, and if you have time and desire you can have a look at the exhibitions held there.

    FREE VISIT WITH A " GUEST CARD"

    Glavny Prospekt
    8 Lenin Ave.
    From Ural Vision Galery go along the Sheinkmana street in the direction of the Lenina street. You will get straight to another art gallery — Glavny Prospekt. There is a big collection of works by Ekaterinburg and international artists.

    FREE VISIT WITH A " GUEST CARD"
    Stadium or Engels
    If you aren't too tired, you may keep on going straight along the Lenina street and soon you will get to the Central Stadium which was reconstructed before the World Cup. The giant construction is really impressive. And if you are tired, you may go the opposite way along the Lenina street, then turn right to the Khokhryakova street.

    After walking for a couple of blocks, you will find yourself near a small group of interesting places – Engels coffee shop, where you can regain your strength, drink coffee, and try local waffles, Reptiles, Crabs, and Some Wine restaurant, where you can have seafood and a glass of wine for dinner, the Karma wine bar, where you will be offered to answer three simple questions, and then you will get your karma wine, and Nelson Sauvin craft bar, where the creative people of the city regularly meet.


    USE YOUR DISCOUNT "GUEST CARD" - 7%
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