Interesting FactsYekaterinburgYekateringburg: Interesting facts

  • Yekaterinburg is the largest city on the land border of Europe and Asia . According to statistics, 78 trains cross the border of parts of the world every hour through Yekaterinburg. A unique geographical location is located seventeen kilometers from the center of Yekaterinburg and is one of the most visited places in the city.
  • The city was called Sverdlovsk for 67 years (1924-1991).
  • Metallurgy is one of the most developed industries in the city. So, the first industrial machines in England were made precisely from Ural iron. In 1820, the roof of the building of the English Parliament in London was made of roofing iron produced in Yekaterinburg. Ural steel was used in the construction of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and Ural copper was used in the construction of the Statue of Liberty in New York.
  • More people live in Yekaterinburg than in all of Estonia
  • In 2002, at an exhibition held in France, which determined the best city in the world to live in, Yekaterinburg was among the first 12 cities.
  • In Yekaterinburg, the world’s oldest wooden sculpture is stored – the Big Shigirsky idol. He is older than the Egyptian pyramids, his age is 9,500 years. Radiocarbon analysis of fragments of an idol found in the vicinity of the city gave a sensational result: it was made with stone tools during the Mesolithic era in the 8th millennium BC.
  • The first bicycle was created by the Yekaterinburg peasant, and in 1801 he arrived on it at the coronation of Emperor Alexander I in St. Petersburg. A similar invention appeared in Europe only in 1839.
  • The world’s first BI-1 jet aircraft was tested in Yekaterinburg on May 15, 1945. The flight lasted 3 minutes 9 seconds at an altitude of 840 meters.
  • Yekaterinburg is one of the leading sports centers in Russia. A large number of famous athletes, world and Olympic champions are associated with the city. Since 1952, Yekaterinburg athletes have won 145 medals at the Olympic Games (50 gold, 60 silver and 35 bronze).
  • The two most northern skyscrapers in the world are located in Yekaterinburg. The Iset residential tower (209 m) and the Vysotsky business center (188 m) are the tallest buildings not only in Yekaterinburg, but throughout the country east of Moscow.
  • The highest temperature ever recorded here reached +38.8 degrees, and on the coldest night in history, the thermometer dropped to -46.7 degrees. Moreover, such anomalous frosts occurred on New Year’s Eve.
  • Yekaterinburg ranks first in the world in per capita mayonnaise consumption. In this category, he is also listed in the Guinness Book of Records


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