Interesting places in Chelyabinsk, photos and descriptions

Sights of Chelyabinsk

Circus White House Ilmensky Reserve Chelyabinsk Zoo Argazinskoe Reservoir Itkul Lake Chelyabinsk region Chelyabinsk Airport Chelyabinsk Regional Universal Scientific Library

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Circus (photo)

One of the main attractions is the building of the Chelyabinsk Circus, built in 1979 by the Institute “Chelyabinskgrazhdanproekt. The architects were Yu.A. Molotov, L.V. Onishchenko and J.I. Ruvinov, and engineers – G.S. Storozhenko and A.V. Bragin. The building of Krasnodar circus was taken as the basis, in the construction the experience and opinions of the leading specialists of the city were taken into account. The chic building of Chelyabinsk circus, as compared to the Krasnodar one, has more rooms, as well as an additional foyer, which improves the conditions of evacuation. In the basement there are spacious rooms for sanitary and refreshment rooms, and next to the animal enclosures there is a training arena.

Very expressive and exterior appearance of the building – concrete jagged bowl of the arena is topped with a huge dome, the volume of which is 69 861 cubic meters. It is completed with an aeration lantern and covered with blue profiled sheeting. The total capacity of the auditorium is 1,814 seats. The auditorium seats are arranged in an amphitheater shape and divided into four sectors: blue, red, yellow and green. Unfortunately the decoration of the facade is still incomplete.

Coordinates : 55.17240100,61.40185800

The White House

White house (photo)

In 1757, in the center of Kyshtym, Nikita Demidov founded the estate called “White House”. It stands on the elevated bank of the pond and occupies a rectangular area stretching from east to west.

The architectural ensemble of the manor includes the main house, park, garden, two wings with towers and fence with gates. All structures are plastered and consist of brick and wild stone. The architect of the structure is Matvey Kazakov.

In 1809 the merchant Rastorguev bought all the factories of the area. He rebuilt the building, giving it a classicist style. He redesigned the facade of the main building, which overlooks the courtyard, decorating it with a portico of four Corinthian order columns on a series of arches. In the 19th century, Karpinsky, the administrator of the district, established a museum on the estate with collections of ores, minerals, and artistic castings. This museum was visited by Mendeleev himself. Since 1917 the main building of “White House” was a trade school and nursing school, after the war – the Pedagogical Institute named after D.I. Gertsen. After the war there was the Herzen State Pedagogical Institute, in 1979 – museum again.

Since 1995 the mansion became a monument of federal significance. Now the White House is a symbol of Kyshtym and is even depicted on its flag and coat of arms.

Coordinates: 55.70665300,60.53590000

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Ilmensky Reserve

The Ilmensky reserve (photo)

The Ilmensky Reserve is located in the eastern foothills of the Southern Urals on the Ilmensky Ridge in the Chelyabinsk region, northeast of the city of Miass. The position of the reserve on the border of mountains and steppes gives a variety of flora and fauna. The area of the reserve is 303.8 square kilometers. The length of the Ilmensky ridge from north to south is 41 kilometers. The widest southern part of the reserve is 13 kilometers, and the northern, narrowest part is only five kilometers.

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Since December 1, 1935, the minerals, flora and fauna of the reserve have been subject to protection. Accordingly, it is forbidden to hunt birds and beasts, to fish in the lakes, to pick mushrooms and berries in the forests, to cut trees, to make bonfires, and most importantly, to mine minerals in the reserve.

Any economic activity is forbidden. But it is possible to admire greatness and generous beauty of the unique Ural nature, to admire its riches. They say in the Urals: “He who has not been to the Ilmens, he has not seen the Urals”. Ilmeny are picturesque in all seasons and wait for the guests.

Coordinates: 55.25955600,60.22544900

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Chelyabinsk Zoo

Chelyabinsk Zoo (photo)

Chelyabinsk Zoo has more than 200 species of animals, many of which are rare, and some are included in the Red Book. The zoo regularly carries out actions to protect the endangered animal species of the Urals.

In addition to numerous most diverse birds, fish, animals, insects and amphibians, the zoo is famous for its unique for such a place ability to breed animals outside the wild. Little tiger cubs and kangaroos leave a lot of positive unforgettable impressions for children and adults alike. There is a children’s contact zoo with village animals, where everyone can be petted and treated.

It is worth noting that the zoo’s residents are carefully cared for and try to create conditions similar to a natural home. In addition to viewing the animals in the zoo, you can visit the museum of peasant life, playgrounds and cafes, as well as organize an interesting party for the child.

Coordinates: 55.16888000,61.36705100

Argazinskoe Reservoir

Argazinskoe reservoir (photo)

Argazinskoe Reservoir is an artificial water reservoir that was created in 1939-1946 during the construction of the Argazinskaya HPP dam on the river Miass in Chelyabinsk region. It is a multi-year regulated reservoir, its shoreline is winding and unstable, with numerous bays, birch and pine forests come up to the water itself. There are many small and medium-sized islands nearby.

Currently, Argazinskoe Reservoir is the main reservoir of drinking water in Chelyabinsk. When it was flooded, Lake Argazi was included in it. It should be noted that the reservoir has a huge recreational value: there are numerous tourist bases on its banks. This place is also popular with fishermen. In the reservoir there are: ide, pike, perch, roach, whitefish, burbot, tench, bream, pikeperch and ruff.

Coordinates: 55.40036600,60.39968800

Lake Itkul, Chelyabinsk region

Lake Itkul, Chelyabinsk region (photo)

Distance from Yekaterinburg – 90 km.

We drive along the road Polevskoy – Verkhniy Ufaley – Poldnevaya, and then go southeast. There are a lot of approaches to the lake, but they are periodically dug over.

Distance from Chelyabinsk – 140 km.

From Chelyabinsk go on the road to Yekaterinburg, turn to Argayash near the village Dolgoderevenskoe, then go to Kuznetskoye, then Kyshtym – Kasli – Verkhny Ufaley. Before Verkhny Ufaley turn right to Itkul. Going through Selki to the lake.

Chelyabinsk airport

Chelyabinsk Airport (photo)

The history of Chelyabinsk airport begins in 1930, when the first passenger flight was made. Today the annual passenger turnover of the airport exceeds 800 thousand people.

Chelyabinsk airport is located twenty minutes from the city center and is one of the best in Russia.

Airport terminals can handle up to 450 passengers per hour.

Airport infrastructure has a hotel complex, medical unit, special vehicles and much more.

Parking at the airport is paid, 50 rubles for every half hour.

Coordinates: 55.30491900,61.50504100

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Chelyabinsk Regional Universal Scientific Library

Chelyabinsk Regional Universal Scientific Library (photo)

Chelyabinsk Regional Universal Scientific Library was opened in 1898 as a free city library-reader. By 1900, its funds include more than two thousand books, newspapers and magazines. Among the visitors were not only the townspeople, but also the peasants were quite actively involved in education. A special elected council guided the library activities and was engaged in replenishing the funds.

Local historians, scientists and intellectuals contributed a lot to the formation of the collections and the development of the library: their donations accounted for almost the majority of the library’s budget. By 1917 the library had already collected over 10 thousand volumes. With the beginning of the political changes in the country, during the revolution and the Civil War, the library suspended its activity and resumed only in 1919, and four years later it received the status of a central city public library. At that time the library was based in a two-storeyed mansion in Tsvillinga Street, and had several thousand visitors. At that time the formation of a network of libraries in the region began.

In 1941-1945 the library staff was actively involved not only in educational work, but also helped in the enterprises and hospitals. In 1954 the public library received the status of the republican library, and in 1963 it moved into a new building. During the long years of its existence the library has more than a million items in its collection, and is constantly replenished with the latest samples of literature.

Coordinates : 55.16084600,61.39724500

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Top 17 Sights of Chelyabinsk

Top 17 Sights of Chelyabinsk – our selection of the main attractions in Chelyabinsk with detailed descriptions and photos that will diversify your route around the city!


Chelyabinsk is a city with a rich industrial history. In 2021 its population was 1 187 960 people. Today the city still supplies the world with zinc and stainless steel, cranes and machine tools, pipes, tractors and jokes about the harshness of its inhabitants, hardened by the difficult environmental situation and the harsh continental climate.

Monument Tale of the Urals

The monument “Tale of the Urals” is a sculptural visit card of Chelyabinsk, 12 meters bearded man, located on the square near the railway station, bound with a stone block. A true image of the power and wealth of the Ural Mountains.

Tale of the Urals

Monument “Tale of the Urals. Author of the photo: Nadezhda Stepanova

Many guidebooks say that the idea of the main monument of the city Soviet muralist Vitaly Zaikov borrowed from the tale of Pavel Bazhov about the stone giant with a huge belt, full of Ural riches. In fact, there is no such tale in the collection of Bazhov’s works. But the ancient Bashkir epos of the Ural giant does exist, and the Russians have long called the Urals the Earth Belt.

“The Tale of the Urals” is a Uralic spiritual symbol. The people have an omen: if you come to the bogatyr smith, touch him and make a wish, the very power of the mighty Urals will bring it to life.

In recent years belted bogatyr has acquired a cheerful tradition: on New Year’s Eve they dress him up as Santa Claus.

Revolution Square

Before the revolution, the square was called Yuzhnaya Square, and it was a much more cheerful place: there was the City Brewery, the circus, the amusement park and the prison.

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Now Revolution Square is the main square of the city, austere and solemn, surrounded by Stalinist architecture. It also has a statue of Lenin, around which laid out a spacious square with a large fountain.

Revolution Square, Chelyabinsk

Author of photos: Ural-66

Today the square is, above all, a beautiful walking alley, a meeting place for lovers, friends or just friends. Also all mass events of Chelyabinsk take place on Revolution Square. In winter, there is an ice town with the main Christmas tree of the city.

Theater Square and the Drama Theater.

The square unobtrusively turns into Theater Square, above which rises an interesting round building of the Drama Theater – locals call it “drum”.

In addition to the form, the theater is famous for its entrances, which are decorated with the famous Chelyabinsk Kaslinsky castings. Bas-reliefs of playwrights, figures of great Russian writers and scenes from plays are cast in black iron.

Drama Theatre, Chelyabinsk

Photo by: dasha.vinogradova

A simple and fun way to prove that you’ve been to Chelyabinsk – take a picture with the city symbol in the form of a bronze camel on Teatralnaya Square.

Famous historian and official Vasily Tatishchev put an exotic humpbacked animal on the emblem of Chelyabinsk back in the XVIII century: in heraldry a camel is a symbol of trade and prosperity. It was cast for Chelyabinsk citizens in Italy in 2015. On its sides – historical phenomena and persons who influenced the city: Chelyabinsk meteorite, tractors, tanks, Tsar Alexander III and so on.

Kirovka – Chelyabinsk Arbat

It is a local Chelyabinsk Arbat, the main pedestrian and tourist promenade of the city.

The street is literally stacked with serious, funny, strange and garish sculptures. Among others there is a monument to Onegin (indistinguishable from Pushkin), a beggar, a boy with camels (to rub the bird in his hand for good luck), a fashionista (looking into a real mirror), the Chelyabinsk Khatiko, and so on.

Kirovka - Chelyabinsk Arbat

Chelyabinsk Arbat. Photo by: unknowhchel.

There are also cafes, boutiques and old buildings like two-storey merchant’s mansion of Akhmetov (house #147). Over its touching wooden curls hangs an icy bulk of 111 meters high business center “Chelyabinsk-City”, the highest building in the city.

Valeev Trade House

Valeev Trade House is one of the most beautiful buildings in Chelyabinsk Arbat, made in elegant art nouveau style.

Valeev Trading House

Valeev Trade House in Chelyabinsk. Author of the photo: Ural-66

In 1911, Fazylzhan Valeev, a native of Bashkir peasants, built a real pre-revolutionary IKEA in Chelyabinsk: a trading house with its own power plant in the basement, glowing showcases, selling gramophones, colonial goods, furniture, and so on. There was even an ice floe in the window with a stuffed polar bear holding out valenki to passersby.

Today the building still has several dozen stores, a cafe with Ural dumplings, and many other curious places.

South Ural State University

The main building of the main Chelyabinsk University, one of the largest universities in the country with more than 30 thousand students. This is an impressive high-rise with an amazing history.

South Ural State University

South Ural State University in Chelyabinsk. Photo by: Anthony Ivanoff.

The building began to be built in 1952 in the style of the famous Moscow Stalinist skyscrapers which in turn repeated the forms of New York City skyscrapers. However, Nikita Khrushchev, who replaced the leader, started fighting against architectural excesses: the project was reduced to an ordinary box. Only in 2004, the 86-meter high university “skyscraper” was completed according to the original project, with all towers and golden spires.

The attention of tourists is always attracted by the copper figures on the side towers, which literally jump from the roof: these are sculptures of Prometheus, who carries the fire of knowledge, and the goddess of victory Nika with a wreath of glory.

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The monument at the entrance to the university is a nice contrast to the solemn bulk of the university: a muscular, handsome man wearing a jacket casually slung over his shoulders, reminiscent of Vladimir Vysotsky. The cast-iron monument to the student is the work of Vardges Avakian, the most famous sculptor from Chelyabinsk.

Sculptural composition “Sphere of Love”.

Sphere of Love, Chelyabinsk

Author of photography: Svetlana Semenchenko

The Sphere of Love is one of the brightest sights of Chelyabinsk. This is a ten-meter sphere made of Italian blue glass, which is based on four metal trees. Under the dome, four-meter high figures of a naked boy and a girl are flying towards each other.

It’s where newlyweds come to pop the champagne and dance their wedding dance for the cameras. Once the champagne cork even broke part of the glazing and short-circuited the wiring – the monument had to be rebuilt after a fire.

The monument “Eaglet”.

Photo by: alexandrovsky74

“Orlyonok” is a four-meter bronze monument to the Komsomol members who died during the Civil War, it is also called one of the best works of Soviet monumental sculpture.

A bound teenager in an overcoat and large, broken boots stares into the eyes of death. The author of the monument, Lev Golovnitsky, won several Soviet and international awards for it.

Here you can also look at the current peers of the Chelyabinsk Komsomol members: the surroundings of the monument have served as a key point for youth gatherings, protests, and simple social movements for many years.

Alexander Nevsky Temple

One of the most famous architectural monuments in Chelyabinsk was built in 1911 by the famous architect Alexander Pomerantsev, the author of the building of GUM on Red Square in Moscow.

The Church of Alexander Nevsky is a brick building in the Neo-Russian style – its complex shapes and ornaments are intended to be reminiscent of the old Russian and Byzantine cathedrals.

Temple of Alexander Nevsky, Chelyabinsk

Photo by: gingerom

After the revolution the church was partially destroyed and converted into utility buildings. But in the 80s the Chelyabinsk Philharmonic Society installed here a German organ with unique acoustics, and the church itself has been carefully restored.

Sights of Chelyabinsk: Gagarin Park

Gagarin Park, Chelyabinsk

Gagarin Park in Chelyabinsk. Photo by: Anastasia Antonova

The most popular park in Chelyabinsk, smoothly passing into the famous relict pine forest of 1200 hectares. In the forest live hares, squirrels and bats, and in the park itself there is a wide range of entertainment for tourists: from paintball and go-carts to the oriental restaurant and fishing. On nice natural forest lakes you can ride a catamaran.

The park was saved from being cut down for an aircraft plant at one time by Stalin personally, to whom concerned Chelyabinsk citizens were not afraid to write a letter.

Monument to Academician Kurchatov

Monument to Academician Kurchatov

Monument to Academician Kurchatov in Chelyabinsk. Photo by: vener.ufa

Monument to Academician Kurchatov – a stone monument to a native of the Chelyabinsk region, the father of the Soviet nuclear (and later thermonuclear and hydrogen) bomb, and at the same time the peaceful nuclear power.

Sculptor Vardkes Avakyan created two 11-meter granite steles with the atom torn in half, between which Kurchatov himself is frozen – in his famous beard and strange heavy coat.

In 2013, the “Kurchatov” shopping mall with a supermarket of the Dutch chain Spar opened right under the monument. Conservative Chelyabinsk residents were shocked, although the sight was rather optimistic: trade is better than nuclear confrontation. In addition, investors ennobled the space around the monument. In the evening, the ruptured atom is illuminated.

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Opera and Ballet Theater

Chelyabinsk Opera and Ballet Theatre

Opera and Ballet Theater in Chelyabinsk. Photo by: Dubaua

Charming building in the classical style with a powerful antique portico began to build in the 40s. It was built at the place of the Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ, the main temple of pre-revolutionary Chelyabinsk, demolished by the Bolsheviks. However, in 1941 the unfinished Opera House was urgently rebuilt for the defense plant Kalibr. After the war, the building was returned to its original purpose with great difficulty: the oil-soaked walls had to be literally burned out.

Today the theater prides itself on its gilded interiors and classical repertoire, such as Don Quixote and Eugene Onegin. Although there are occasional tours by Philip Kirkorov .

State Historical Museum of the Southern Urals

State Historical Museum of the Southern Urals

South Ural State Museum of History in Chelyabinsk

State Historical Museum of the South Urals – local history museum, made in high-tech style, in the walls of which more than 300 thousand items are carefully stored.

Among them is the culprit of the loudest – in the literal sense of the word – event in the history of Chelyabinsk. The largest 600-kilogram fragment of the famous Chelyabinsk meteorite that fell on the city in 2013 is stored in a special showcase with a reinforced base. The celestial body, which caused serious damage and made the city famous all over the world, without thinking twice, was called “Chelyabinsk”.

The flow of visitors the museum supports in other ways. For example, in summer the roof of the building is converted into an observation deck.

The Church of the Holy Trinity

Holy Trinity Church, Chelyabinsk

This intricate openwork red brick building with many domes was erected on the site of the old church back in the XVIII century.

The Church of the Holy Trinity in Chelyabinsk is the largest temple in the city, built in 1914 for the money of the richest merchant of the city, mayor and philanthropist Maxim Akhmetov.

The Soviet era the church survived as a museum of local history (Chelyabinsk residents of the older generation remember how strange a mammoth tusk looked under the church vaults). Already in the end of 80th it was restored and returned to the church.

Inside, interesting paintings and relics of St. Andrew, which attracts pilgrims.

St. Simeon Cathedral

St. Simeon Cathedral, Chelyabinsk

Author of the photo: Valery Ivanov

St. Svyato-Simeonovsky Cathedral in Chelyabinsk – Cathedral with more than 130 year history and two commendations from Joseph Stalin: during the Great Patriotic War, the rector was actively collecting money for the needs of the defense. Moreover, the cathedral was the only temple in Chelyabinsk that managed to survive all the Soviet years.

In the height of stagnation the temple even managed to reconstruct and expand: from a pre-revolutionary cemetery church it turned into a three-domed cathedral.

If you want to see a piece of the Holy Cross, which can be seen in the crucifixion in the aisle of the Kazan icon of the Mother of God, you have to visit its own sacred place.

Sights of Chelyabinsk: Victory Garden

Victory Garden, Chelyabinsk

Photo by Dmitry Yulmukhametov

The Victory Park Alley in Chelyabinsk is the museum of military equipment in the open air with a special history because military equipment was produced here. During the war the city proudly nicknamed Tankograd produced 18 thousand tanks, self-propelled machines and other heavy military equipment. The small exposition in the Victory Park alley includes a T-34 tank, the famous “Katyusha” tank, various self-propelled vehicles, guns and so on.

Kashtaksky pine forest

Kashtaksky pine forest

Photo source: BELOTRASS 74

The largest forest in the city limits: 1500 hectares of mighty pine trees with a slightly hilly terrain, a place for walks and outdoor activities.

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