Start: the Water Tower and the Square of Labor
The Water Tower near the Dam, 4v, Gorkogo streetMuseum: Wed-Sun: 10:30 - 18:30
Excursions in the museum:
every hour, from 11:00 to 18:00 (except 13:00)
Coffeehouse and souvenir shop:
daily from 9:00 to 21:00
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You have purchased the Guest card, and now you're ready to go on a fascinating tour through the dreams and fantasies of futuristic architects who were working on the city development plan at the beginning of the 20th century.
To get started, you can get a cup of coffee to make your tour more cheerful and funnier. You can buy coffee in the Tower or in the Espresso Season coffee house, which is considered one of the best coffee houses in the city. Having the Guest card will help you get a discount at these places.
Walk away from the Tower and go behind the Monument to the founding fathers of the city, Tatishchev and De Gennin. You will find yourself at the Square of Labor. This was one of the favorite places for relaxation of the citizens of Sverdlovsk. In the middle of the square you can see the Stone Flower Fountain, named after the tales of the great Ural writer, Pavel Petrovich Bazhov. The fountain is a genuine work of the Soviet park art – if it is the cold season and it is off, you can go right up to it and look at the relief paintings of the Soviet symbols – a sickle, a hammer, and a star.
Previously, the St. Catherine's Cathedral had been located here, but after the revolution it was removed and the space was turned into a square; at first, there was just a small stone with a stream of water coming out of it instead of a magnificent fountain, and then the square was reconstructed and beautiful flowers were planted. If it's warm, you can enjoy the beauty of the tulips around you.
To your right there is the former building of the Sverdlovsk Regional Executive Committee. Now the Ural Regional Court is situated there.
This building was constructed in the place of old merchant mansions, and it is a monument of constructivism – there are many more of those in our route, and we will try to find out what is so remarkable about constructivism and why Ekaterinburg is considered the capital of it. This building is one of the brightest examples of the constructivist style in Ekaterinburg with its strict geometry of the facade, balconies, and passages between buildings. Let's have a good look at it and move forward.