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Krasnoyarsk

Krasnoyarsk

Krasnoyarsk is located on the Yenisei River and is the 3rd largest city in Siberia. It was founded in 1628 as a Russian border fort to protect the frontier from attacks of native people who lived along the Yenisei. An intensive growth of Krasnoyarsk began with the arrival of the Siberian Road (nowadays the M53) in 1735 which connected Krasnoyarsk with the rest of Russia. Growth continued with the discovery of gold and the arrival of the railroad in 1895. In the 19th century Krasnoyarsk was the centre of the Siberian Cossack movement. During the time of the Russian Empire, Krasnoyarsk was one of the places to which political exiles were banished. Eight of the Decembrists were exiled to Krasnoyarsk after the failed revolt. During Soviet times the city became a large industrial centre, but it was also a region that was the centre for lots of gulag camps. Unfortunately during the change to democracy, Krasnoyarsk suffered and there were many strikes over the high unemployment rate.

Nowadays Krasnoyarsk is a modern, lively and vibrant city, mainly due to the large number of education centres situated in the city. Although it’s not beautiful architecturally speaking, the city is different to other flat Siberian cities. Krasnoyarsk is located on the Trans-Siberian railway, and this is by far the most popular way to get to the city, although some do choose to fly into one of the 2 airports which serve the main Russian cities.

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Guard Hill
Guard Hill
Krasnoyarsk GES
Krasnoyarsk GES
(hydroelectric power station)
Peace Square
Peace Square
From Peace Square take in a beautiful view of the Yenisey river
Stolby Mountains
Stolby Mountains
It is often said in Krasnoyarsk: “If you have been to the city but didn’t visit the Stolby Mountains you didn’t really see the heart of the city or its soul”. The area is a fascinating phenomenon, created by nature – it is a forest of vertical stone pillars. It is also an impressive nature reserve full of wild Siberian nature and great views.

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