Ufa is the largest city and capital of the Russian Federation. The region lies in the north-west of Bashkortostan on steep slopes forming the foothills of the majestic Khyma hills. In the early years of development, Ufa was mainly a farming region but in the latter half of 1990s it was transformed into an important city with a population of more than a million people. Today, more than one million people live in Ufa as it serves as the focal point for various entertainment complexes and shopping malls.
Besides housing the regional airport and rail terminus, Ufa presents a picturesque setting with a mixture of modern and traditional architecture. The famous belaya, orumbrian red-tiled roofs, are evidence of the city’s agricultural past. The ancient cobblestone streets of ufa have been renovated to make them a shopper’s delight. Many famous shops sell imported goods and a wide selection of souvenirs, whereas the famous “store of arms”, the” Kremlin shop”, “central square of ufa”, and the “president hotel” are some of the most frequented shopping streets. At night, the “royal shopping centre” offers a wide selection of restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
The largest town in ufa and one of the best known tourist destinations in Russia, Moscow, is a great place to visit. The spectacular Pushkin square, which attracts millions of visitors every year, is a must see spot. Besides Pushkin square, other famous places in Moscow include the Pushkins’ Cathedral, Red square and Tverskaya bridge. The Tverskaya bridge, which connects the island of Moskowka in the Gulf of Finland to mainland Russia, is a famous tourist destination because of its picturesque views of the sea and Olinsky Island.
The industrial revolution of the early twentieth century changed the face of ufa. The giant bread factory “glasshvo” was built in this region of Russia, which was then called Muscovskiy krai, or middle country. This factory processed not only bread but also metals, chemicals, and lace. The factory closed down in 1969, and its products were dispersed all over the country. However, they continue to be a symbol of modernization in ufa, and they can be found in almost any souvenir shops.
The city center is another popular shopping area. St. Petersburg’s main boulevards are VDN, while the famous Red square, Charing Cross, and Orthodox churches are the most visible icons in the city center. The prime hotels in the city center are Hotel Intercontinental, Maximoshilny Zavodnyky, Grand Hotel Radonezhsk.
Although there are no stamps to be bought in ufa, they are sold all over the country. You will find various types of stamps, such as obliques, eagles, half-dollars, pips, pennies, and so forth. If you are looking for a good hobby, then stamp collecting is a good choice!