My fourth stop in Russia was Yekaterinburg (it can also be spelled Ekaterinburg) - the city where Russia’s last Tsar Nicholas 11 and his family were assasinated.
Yekaterinburg is compact and tourists can follow a red line trail around the city to see the major sights. I enjoyed this as I like to try and do some sightseeing quickly and then relax.
The first stop on my walking tour was the Vystotsky building, the tallest building in Yekaterinburg. It is one of the main sights on the red walking line and gives a great panoramic view of the city.
It is a good starting point for a walking tour in Yekaterinburg as you can see most of the sights on the red line from above and decide exactly where you want to go.
Yekaterinburg lies just East of the Ural mountains and if you squinted really hard you can just make out the mountains on the top of this building.
Other sites along the red line include the main pedestrian shopping street, which is graced with a statue of a plump man with a map of Ireland on his big belly and a statue of Michael Jackson doing the moonwalk.
A tribute to the Beatles, a huge keyboard monument and Putin’s Yekaterinburg residence can be found along the Islet river in the centre of the city.
I thought some of the statues were quite odd. When one thinks of the Beatles or Michael Jackson, you do not think of a city in Russia!
The main sight in Yekaterinburg is the Church of All Saints. My visit to Yekaterinburg on July 17 last coincided with the 95th anniversary of Tsar Nicholas 11 and his family’s death.
Many orthodox Christians consider the Tsar very highly. Candlelit vigils, pilgrimages to the area where they were killed and singing hymns are commonplace at this time. Inside the church, relics of the royal family can still be seen. The whole family was canonized in the 1980s.
A fun monument that I went to see was the Eurasia monument. Yekaterinburg is the marker city of Eurasia, (the center point of Europe and Asia) and there is a monument signifying this about 30 minutes drive outside the city. A line showing the dividing point is a great photo opportunity.
Food in Yekaterinburg can be cheap if you are willing to go to Russian canteen style restaurants. These type of restaurants are hugely popular and can be found on most of the streets. Like any restaurant, it gets very busy during lunchtime to the point where the line will be out the door with people waiting for their lunch.