Ufa and the Urals
Ufa is the largest city in Russia, formerly known as Stalingrad. It’s one of the largest administrative, economic, cultural, sporting, and scientific centres of the nation, located about 1,350 kilometers east of Moscow. With more than a million people population, it is considered one of Russia’s major cities and one of its biggest industrial, commercial, and transportation centres. Besides numerous big shopping centres and hotels, Ufa is home to many old and prestigious Russian sportbooks industries.
The main residential and commercial centres of Ufa are Saint Petersburg, Volgoria, Nizhevsk, Kharkov, and the bashkortostan republic. All these cities are located within easy reach of each other. They are all part of one great transport hub which is Ufa-Mash oil platform that connects all Russian regions. The platform has several carriers such as trains, trucks, airplanes and helicopters and is very efficient and economical transport means for transferring goods and passengers from all corners of Russia to anywhere in the world.
There are three international airports in Ufa-Mash, including the famous Moscow international airport, which is located some 70 kilometres from Ufa. Another international airport in Ufa is Belaya Ural, which is also located close by. The third airport is the Kubuska Airport, which is situated near the town of Ufa. There are three international train stations in Ufa, which are connected to all major railway stations of Russia and other countries. Apart from these, there are also a bus network as well as a taxi service.
The most popular destination among visitors in Ufa is the Ufa City, which is situated on a peninsula in the northern reaches of Russia. The name of this town was created when the remote island of Bashkir was named after Russian Tsar Peter the Great. The Ufa City is famous for its architectural designs and magnificent churches and cathedrals, which have been standing since the 13th century.
People who come here just for the cultural experience will be shocked to learn that, although a cosmopolitan town, it has not developed much in terms of culture. As far as art is concerned, it is more or less non existent and people tend to buy only what they need from local merchants. The city is home to a small but boisterous gay community, which have a unique way of celebrating weddings, Bar mitzvahs and other social occasions. In short, the experience of living in Ufa could be described as typical of any cosmopolitan Russian city, albeit a cosmopolitan one with a slightly oriental touch.
Although there are no national art galleries in Ufa, the Museum of Ufa History and Ufa Culture offers some great examples of local art. There are also museums of ancient Russian cultures by many renowned artists such as Alexey Pferdeyev, Marina Sekhavisht, Grigory Shvedov and others. It’s worth seeing the impressive Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Ufa, which was built ingenciesople during the Golden Horde period of medieval Russia. If you are interested in learning more about bashkirs, then you should head to the Tver oblast museum, which is a repository for authentic works of art from the time of Prince Dmitry. For a taste of world class arts, then you should head to the Pushkin State Museum of Art.