Top 10 Real and Incredible Stories of the Middle Urals

The Middle Urals is the name of the region is bordered by the river Ufa in the south and the Kachkanar mountain in the north. In the Middle Urals itself, there is no really high mountain as the only small portion of its peak are over 700 meters. The region is divided between three Russian regions – the Perm region, the Sverdlovsk region and the Chelyabinsk region. It is a distinctive region and there are many incredible stories of the Middle Urals. In the following text, ten stories of the Middle Urals are listed.

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10. Diamonds are Forever


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For the first of the stories of the Middle Urals in our list, we have to travel back in time to 1829 when a fourteen years old boy named Pavel Popov found a brilliant stone. At that moment, the first diamond mine in whole Russia was found. As expected according to the context of the early 19th century, Pavel Popov was not the one who got rich from his foundings but he was at least relieved from his slavery-like service.

9. The Treasure of the Azov Mountain


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For the ages, 589 meters high Azov mountain was thought to hide a big treasure. Hundreds of people were trying their luck while looking for it nearby the mountain. But locals were skeptical, after all, they knew the mountain better than anyone, right? In 1940, a group of students did it! On the eve of the Great Patriotic War, they have found the treasure of the Azov mountain. This is one of the happy-ending Middle Urals real stories.

8. Competition with Pisa


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If you will visit the town of Nevyansk, your eye will be caught by this unique structure. The Leaning Tower of Nevyansk was built in 1721 (or 1745 or anytime in between…) probably as a symbol of the might of a local manufacturer Akinfiy Demidov. It is likely that the tower had more than one purpose but to show own wealth in the form of a competition with the worldwide famous leaning tower of Pisa, Italy was one of them.

7. The World´s Shortest Subway


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You probably know that New York has the longest subway system in the world. You are probably also aware of the oldest subway systém in the world – London´s underground. But have you ever wondered where they built the shortest subway systém in the world? It´s in Ekaterinburg, in the Ural region. You should not miss its visit while on the hunt for Middle Urals real stories.

6. Dolmens


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Dozens of dolmens were discovered in the Middle Urals region. These ancient structures look either like a stone plate or as a boulder. Although their real purpose remains a mystery the theory is that they served for initiation rituals of some kind. Definitely, these dolmens are connected to some incredible stories of the Middle Urals, but we don´t know the story…

5. The Special City of Nevyansk


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The city of Nevyansk was founded around 1700 because some factories were built nearby. The specialty of this city was the fact that it was inhabited mainly the members of so-called „Old Believers“ – the group of those who refused Church reforms of 1666. They faced a persecution during the times and that´s why this fact is included in our list of stories of the Middle Urals.

4. The Siege of Chelyabinsk Fort


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In 1774, during so-called Pugachev´s Rebellion, the fortress of Chelyabinsk was sieged and had to withstand repeated attacks of cossacks. This is the example of some bloody Middle Urals real stories.

3. Czechoslovaks Captured the Ekaterinburg

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After the Bolshevik revolution, Russia withdrew from the Word War I, however, there was a significant amount of Czechoslovak soldiers fighting within the Russian army against Central Powers for the independence of their country. In the post-revolutionary chaos, 70,000 of Czechoslovak soldiers formed in so-called Czechoslovak Legion represented a significant power. During their way to Vladivostok to be evacuated back to Europe, they captured many cities including Ekaterinburg.

2. Chelyabinsk Meteor


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15 February 2013, inhabitants of the central Russian regions including Middle Urals saw a very special show. The big meteorite of 15-17 meters entered the Earth´s atmosphere and in 9:20:26 local time, it exploded over the Ural city of Chelyabinsk. The area of 100 kilometers in diameters was affected by the pressure wave, thousands of windows were broken, hundreds of people were injured. It will remain one of the most incredible stories of the Middle Urals for a long time.

1. The Tragedy of the Imperial Family


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Tsar Nicholas Romanov, his wife and their four daughters and one son spent last 78 days of their lives in the Ipatiev House in the city of Ekaterinburg. In April, they were interned there by the Communist forces after the Bolshevik revolution. 17 July 1918, they were all brutally murdered there in 30 minutes long killing spree. It is one of the most terrible stories of the Middle Urals.

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