Guided tour to the border of Europe and Asia
Wednesday, September 26
The border of Europe and Asia is one of the must-visit sights in the vicinity of Ekaterinburg. The border mark is on the north side of Moskovsky trakt (highway) that used to be Great Siberian Road. While there are many Europe-Asia border marks since the XIXth and XXth centuries which are spread from the North to the South along the Ural Mountains, this monument near Ekaterinburg is relatively new. It was constructed in 2004 and represents two intertwined letters A and E. You can happily put one foot in Europe and other in Asia while your friend takes a picture of you.
Guided tour to Ganina Yama
Wednesday, September 26
Ganina Yama was at first used as a mine which was subsequently abandoned. Gold-rush stormed in the middle of XIXth century in Urals when gold-diggers searched for gold, ingots or gold particles. This plot was bought for the sake of gold mining and subsequently named Ganina Yama. The plot was got by the contractor Gabriel. Neighbors called him simply Ganya, hence the exploitation-mine's name took place. Gold was not found there, but iron ore was discovered. The ore deposit was developed, but by the beginning of the XXth century the mine was abandoned.
On the night of 17 July 1918, the bodies of Tsar Nicholas II and his family, who had been executed at the engineer Ipatiev's House (the Church of All Saints), were secretly transported to Ganina Yama and thrown into the shaft. Thus, Ganina Yama, the abandoned mine near Yekaterinburg, became the last haven of last Russian tsar and his family. Events of 1918 became a crucial event in the history of Russia; with them Romanov's imperial dynasty that had been at the head of the Russian empire since 1613 was terminated.
The revival of Ganina Yama was began in early 2000s. Seven churches which symbolize the seven members of the Tsar family have been erected in the Monastery of Saint Regal Martyrs that has been established simultaneously. Today Ganina Yama belongs to holy sites of Russia which is interesting for visiting not only to believers, but also for all people interested in the Russian history.
Created / Updated: 3 September 2018 / 3 September 2018
IFS2018 Local Organizing Committee
Ural Federal University
19 Mira Ul., 620002, Ekaterinburg Russia