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Russia is the largest country in the world. This well-known axiom has been around for centuries. Russia retained first place in size of its territories even after the colossal collapse of the Soviet state. And of course, in such a large country there can not be large cities, some of which have millions of inhabitants. We present you the ten largest cities in Russia today.
With a population of 1,115,000, Rostov-on-Don covers an area of 436 square kilometers. Known as the Gate of the Caucasus, this city is the southern capital of the country, as well as the main transport, cultural and administrative center. Homeland for almost 500 architectural attractions, one of the most recognizable is the Rostov Drama Theater, built in the shape of a tractor. The city is also well known as an international center for jazz music and holds annual festivals dedicated to this topic.
Almost 2000 kilometers east of Moscow, Chelyabinsk is located on the Ural Mountains.Recently, the city has become very famous because of the explosion of a meteorite that burned in the sky in 2013, nevertheless in the past, it was known as the Gateway to Siberia, with its railway station, which is a popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway.
The name "Kazan" means "cauldron" in the ancient Tatar language and it is the perfect reflection of the essence of the city, which is the melting pot of cultures, connecting the bridges between west and east. With more than a thousand-year history, Kazan is the center of many fascinating legends, including the romantic story of Princess Syuyumbike, who chose to jump from the top of the 59-meter-high Syuyumbike Tower rather than marry Ivan the Terrible.
Once it was only a small wooden fort, Omsk grew and developed into one of the largest cities of Russia in the 19th century, when the Trans-Siberian railway was built. Once known as Siberian Chicago, Omsk is famous for its beauty and diverse architecture, with many monuments of world importance.
The heart of the Volga economic region, Samara takes its name from the river flowing in it.One of the largest transport and industrial centers in Russia, the birthplace of the largest area in Europe, as well as the highest railway station. It is also popular with tourists for its many captivating sights, such as Stalin’s bunker and the Samara Cosmic museum.
During Soviet rule, Nizhny Novgorod was better known as Gorky, in honor of the famous writer who lived here. There is still an opportunity to visit his house, which has become a popular tourist attraction. Once the city was closed to foreigners, in order to protect the military research of the Soviet government, many famous personalities lived in the city, for example, the father of the hydrogen bomb, Andrei Sakharov.
Closely located to the Ural Mountains, which is the border of Asia and Europe, Yekaterinburg, perhaps better known as the place where the last Tsar of Russia and his family bade farewell to life in 1918. Here is the oldest landmark - a huge keyboard monument made of white stones .
The capital of Siberia and the third densely populated city of Russia, Novosibirsk is a modern, thriving city with a vibrant nightlife and young energy. The winters are especially cold here, that the residents even built a Glacial town on the river bank, with the possibility of ice skating, a popular and pleasant pastime. The city is also the geographical center of the former Soviet Union and the place marked by the Chapel of St. Nicholas, which can be visited today.
With a population of approximately 5 million people, St. Petersburg is one of the most famous cities in Russia. More than once changed its name in the development process, for example, was Leningrad, Petrograd. The city on the Baltic Sea is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as the birthplace of the well-known landmark as the State Hermitage Museum or the Winter Palace. St. Petersburg is also famous for its white nights in the summer, when the sun sets only for a few short twilight hours and the city comes to life for 24 hours.
The capital of Russia is home to approximately 13 million citizens, which is a cult value, a world-famous city with a 1000 year history.Best known for his architectural creations, including the Kremlin, Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow is a huge educational, cultural and tourist center, the second most popular in Europe, and also the home of some of Russia's richest people.