Magnitogorsk is a fairly young city in the Urals, famous for its metallurgical plant. It was thanks to Magnitogorsk that a small settlement began to develop and reached its current status. The city does not forget about its history. The MMK Museum was opened, and monuments were created in memory of that period. One of the most remarkable is the First Tent monument in honor of the builders of the plant.
However, the sights of the city are not limited to ferrous metallurgy. In architectural terms, the German Quarter, built by prisoners of war, is interesting. It is more reminiscent of a Western European city than the realities of the Urals. The park "Lukomorye" offers tourists many opportunities for leisure. And the local theater is in the top ten among the provincial ones.
What to see and where to go in Magnitogorsk?
The most interesting and beautiful places for walking. Photos and a short description.
Monument "Rear - Front"
The largest monument in the Chelyabinsk region was erected in 1979. It is located in Victory Park on the banks of the Ural River. Shells and tanks made of Magnitogorsk steel during the Great Patriotic War played an important role in the victory over the Nazis. With the help of the monument, sculptor L. Golovnitsky and architect Ya. Belopolsky noted the contribution of home front workers and their close relationship with the front-line soldiers. The Eternal Flame burns in front of the monument.
Holy Ascension Cathedral
Due to lack of money, it took almost 15 years to build it. The work was repeatedly frozen, and the object was commissioned only in 2003. In addition to the seven-domed cathedral, the temple complex includes: a chapel, a house of mercy, a belfry, a Sunday school, a first-aid post and a hotel for pilgrims. The height of the temple building is 42 meters. The iconostasis consists of 108 icons painted in different periods and by different masters.
They are located in the central part of the city, opposite the administration building. The construction was timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Magnitogorsk. The architect A. Ponamarev was responsible for the project. The grand opening took place in 1979. The height of the chimes is 29 meters. At the top, on each of the four sides of the tower, there is a clock attached. Shortly after installation, the mechanism failed, but it was quickly repaired, and there have been no complaints since then.
Monument "The First Tent"
Opened in 1966. The monument is a dedication to the first builders of the local plant. They had to live in tents immediately after their arrival in the city. Worked on the project: architect E. Alexandrov and artist L. Golovnitsky. The height of the monument is 3.4 meters. It is made up of concrete blocks. Along the perimeter of the base, lines from a poem by Boris Ruchyov, who was among the builders, are written in large letters.
In the post-war years, this territory was a camp for prisoners of war. They also built the quarter under the supervision of Soviet architects. Despite their position, the forced builders approached the work responsibly. Most of the buildings here do not exceed two floors. The architecture shows Western European motifs of the past. Each building has a separate project, and no two are the same here.
Drama Theatre. Pushkin
The year of its foundation is considered to be 1937. However, even before the assignment of the appropriate status and the name of Pushkin, there was a theater of working youth in the city. At one time, a member of the troupe was People's Artist Leonid Bronevoy. Performances alternate: classical plays are replaced by experiments in a modern way. It is currently one of the ten best provincial theaters in Russia.
It has been open to the general public since 1973. The exposition occupies the House of Defense. During the tour, tourists are told about the Magnitogorsk metallurgical plant and the first builders who lived in tents, show products and focus on the impact of the enterprise on the city. Samples of military equipment are exhibited here: its production during the Great Patriotic War predetermined the course of history.
Magnitogorsk Art Gallery
Created in 1980. The current building is a former bookstore. The gallery was moved here in 1986. The basis of the collection is works of fine art of the last century. Graphics and sculpture of the 19th century are also exhibited. Temporary exhibitions are held on the basis of the funds of the Hermitage and the Tretyakov Gallery. An information center has been operating at the gallery since 2007. Several educational programs for young visitors have been created.
Magnitogorsk Local History Museum
The city's first museum opened in 1944. Initially based in the school premises. After several moves, the collection settled in the current building. The exhibition area exceeds one thousand m², and the funds contain about 100 thousand items of storage. Most of the exposition is devoted to industry and the local metallurgical plant. The archaeological department is based on finds in the Malo-Kizil settlement and Aganovo-II.
Museum-apartment of Boris Ruchyev
It was opened in 1975 and is located in the house where Ruchiov lived. Boris Alexandrovich is a local poet who participated in the construction of a metallurgical plant. His works were often dedicated to workers. In 1967, Ruchiov received the State Prize for Lyubava. The exhibits of the museum are not only personal items and the first editions of the poet, but items that tell about the literary life of the entire region.
It is located within the sports club "Metallurg-Magnitogorsk". Guests are greeted by wooden gates with wrought iron inserts. Admission is free, the park is open from 10 am to 10 pm. Fairy-tale characters and interesting buildings are scattered throughout the territory. Sports grounds, mini-golf and a court are available for active visitors. On holidays, performances are staged on the local stage.
Aquapark "Waterfall of Miracles"
The only water-entertainment complex of this scale in the region. Open all year round from morning to late evening. Of the 7 pools, one is used for sports swimming. There is an opportunity to work out with an instructor, both for children and adults. 4 slides and 10 attractions are responsible for the entertainment component. The water temperature does not fall below 28°.
The ice arena was commissioned in 2007. Capacity - 7500 spectators. The stands are movable, which allows you to change the configuration of the arena. It hosts not only sports competitions, but also fairs, exhibitions, festivals. KHL matches, concerts of pop stars, ice shows are the most frequent events. On the second floor of the arena there is the Museum of Hockey Glory, where the trophies of FC Metallurg are exhibited.
Ski center "Metallurg Magnitogorsk"
Built 40 km from Magnitogorsk in the mountains of the Southern Urals. There are 7 tracks, of which 2 are educational. The longest route is 2.5 km. The lifts are modern, both on the big mountain and on the slope for beginners. Any equipment is available for rent. Tourists are offered to leave their things in the storage room. It offers instructors and servicers. The Medvezhonok Club is open for young skiers.
On the left bank of the Urals there is a hill - the best place to view the city. The authorities have repeatedly tried to give the observation deck a well-maintained appearance, but it remains not very well-groomed. The territory attracts not only tourists, but also those who like to leave graffiti of dubious quality, drink alcohol and litter. The view from here is interesting, but the condition of the site itself leaves much to be desired.