Chelyabinsk is the capital of a huge Russian region with one part located in Europe and the other in Asia. The region’s coat of arms depicts a yellow camel with golden luggage. The Chelyabinsk region or South Ural is one of the largest industrial regions of Russia. For example, it is here where the most well-known Russian metallurgical plants are located. On the other hand, picturesque landscapes, lakes, woods, healing springs and unique climate of the Chelyabinsk region attracts many Russian residents who come here for recreation and health improvement. Here are the largest national parks – Zyuratkul and Taganay with their well-preserved ecosystems. And it is also a land of lakes: over 3 thousand water reservoirs with the purest water are located in the region.
Chelyabinsk has a population of more than a million people. Until recently it looked like an ordinary big industrial city. However the last few years have brought about a lot of changes. The historical buildings in the city’s central streets have been renovated. The unique architectural monuments now look quite modern while preserving the spirit of previous times.
Ice Palace "Uralskaya Molniya"
Ice palace “Uralskaya Molniya” named after six time Olympic champion Lidiya Skoblikova was opened on 28 of December 2004. It was second covered speed skating ice rink with artificial ice in Russia, which was established after indoor ice rink “Krylatskoye” in Moscow.
The ice rink is multifunctional: speed skating, hockey, figure skating, curling and short-track.
In 2003 in Chelyabinsk was open a giant sport complex, that was named after Olympic high jump champion Elena Elesina.
Training arena has eight tracks - 100 m each, pit for long jumps, sector for high-jumps and pole vault. 80 people can train in the arena in the same time. There are also a modern stadium and the warm-up track.
Trainings are holding at the stadium from 8 am to 10 pm all year round, not only for athletes but for everyone.
The Central Park of Culture and Rest
The Central Park of Culture and Rest is named after the first astronaut Yuri Gagarin, and is one of the most popular family spots in Chelyabinsk.
Fresh air, relict pines, comfort and cleanliness attract here thousands of visitors every day. Everyone can find the right activity for themselves here: leisurely walking or riding a bike, having fun on roller skates or visit the children's village «Gulliver».
There are places for honeymooners and lovers: a fountain with two white swans, rotunda and the «island of love». The path to the island is covered with locks that brides and grooms set in honor of the eternity of their feelings.
The Alexander Nevsky temple
The Alexander Nevsky temple is a truly unique place in Chelyabinsk. More than a century ago, in 1907, the world-famous architect Alexander Pomerantsev designed a beautiful church in the small provincial town. The style of temple architecture is «Russian-Byzantine».
It took four years to complete the frontage. Chelyabinsk citizens, City Council and Tsar Nicholas II donated sixty thousand rubles to finish the construction.
The Alexander Square (now it is called Aloe pole Park), where the church is situated, became a favorite spot for Chelyabinsk citizens in the early 20th century.
Sphere of Love
Sphere of Love – the most romantic and unusual sculpture in Chelyabinsk. The city presented it to the Chelyabinsk residents for the 264-year anniversary and soon the monument became popular among newlyweds.
This composition is located in the center of Chelyabinsk not far from the cinema «Kinomax – Ural». Each week newly-married wives come here with to perform their first dance with their new husbands under the sculpture.
The Drama Theatre
The Drama Theatre named after Nahum Orlov is at the summit of the modern city center. It was firstly opened in 1921 in the building of the National House, but in 1982 it moved to its current location. Now the theatre is situated on the Revolution square and in it celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2011.
The Drama Theatre is always up to date with the latest innovations in Chelyabinsk cultural life. It is nice to walk around the building and feel the independence of the art.
Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church is the oldest temple in Chelyabinsk. It is only 30 years younger than the city. The wooden church was consecrated in 1768.
In 1913 the Holy Trinity Church was born again. The worn out temple was completely rebuilt according to architectural requirements for cathedrals. It was consecrated on October 12, 1914 and has remained as it looks till today.
Chelyabinsk Regional Museum
A building with an unusual configuration is situated in the historic center of Chelyabinsk and on the bank of Miass River. Its roof looks like the outlines of an ancient fortress.
Here, in one of the youngest buildings of the city there is one of the oldest institutions of the South Ural culture: Chelyabinsk Regional Museum. In other words, it is a guide to the history of South Ural.
Kirovka Pedestrian Street
The most famous pedestrian street in Chelyabinsk is Kirovka. Its beauty can be compared to Moscow Arbat. The street is designed with life-size sculptures: proud chief of police, modest peasant, light-hearted beggar, freelance artist in front of the curved mirror, Russian left-hander Levsha. Guests of the city and local people like taking pictures with them.
Opera and Ballet Theater named after Glinka – the source of high art
The Chelyabinsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre named after Michael Glinka is one of the greatest theaters in Russia. It is a true landmark of the South Ural’s capital.
The theater building is located at the end of the pedestrian street Kirovka. It is visually attractive due to the classical style of architecture: the high stairs, columns, fretwork and statues on the dome.