An Introduction to UFA
Ufa is the second largest city and capital of the Autonomous republic of Bashkortostan within Russia. The city lies on the confluence of both the Ufa and Belaya rivers, at the heart of the Russian plateau. It has always been the crossroads between Europe and Asia, and houses a number of monuments and museums.
In the early years, the Ufa was mainly a simple village, but later it developed into a major city with a number of tributaries and rivers. It gradually emerged as a major trade port and commercial center, and served as an important agricultural center for the early inhabitants of Bashkortostan. Today, the city center of Ufa houses a prestigious house museum that exhibits relics from a variety of periods in Russian history. Among the artifacts featured are the following:
The Lenins had long been considered the most important people in the history of Kharkov (the capital city of Ufa). The Lenins were prominent dignitaries and power brokers, and their descendants still control a large part of ufa today. A visit to their house museum will reveal many examples of their grandiose architecture and military glory.
The third section of this museum showcases the archive of the “Zhorskoy soty”, or the president hotel. The archive consists of a selection of various meetings and other official events held by the powerful leader of ufa, along with his closest family members and closest aides. The impressive collection reveals the president’s popularity in the eyes of contemporaries and is a fascinating glimpse of Russian political and business life during the last years of the Tsar.
The last section of the UFA brings together the Lenin’s’ most important collections, which span most of Kharkov’s history. They include an archive of furniture and decorative art belonging to the Golden Age of St Petersburg, along with a treasury full of Tsarist, Soviet, and Russian military achievements. The house museum also features a special gallery dedicated to the most famous Lenins, as well as an area where one can view works by contemporary artists. The museum itself displays a wealth of relics, including Lenins’ tapestry. The museum is one of the most comprehensive collections of Russian collectibles, featuring works from a variety of eras and styles.
The most important point of attraction for visitors to UFA would be the Tsarovski Building. This spectacular edifice is one of the best examples of modern architectural design in Russia and forms the nucleus of a new cultural center that includes a restaurant, club, cinema complex and an administrative centre. The building itself incorporates many traditional elements from the architecture of St Petersburg, thus presenting a truly original aesthetic with a distinctly Moscow touch. Other key landmarks in UFA include the entrance to the Old Town, St. Petersburg State University (the only university with a main campus in the Russian capital), the Tsarovski Tower and Hotel Besley. Some other important landmarks in Moscow include the Kremlin metro. The metro system is one of the greatest assets of Moscow, and the metro, together with the Moscow bus routes, forms the city’s transport network.