Krasnoyarsk is the largest industrial and cultural centre of Eastern Siberia, and capital of Krasnoyarsk Territory, the second largest region in Russia by area. It is situated in the centre of Russia at the confluence of the small river Kacha and mighty Yenisei. The town was founded in 1628 by Cossacks under troop leader Andrey Dubenskiy’s command and was originally named ”Krasniy Yar”.
City of culture
The city has rich cultural traditions. Great Russian artist, Vasiliy Surikov, writer Victor Astafyev, and opera singer Dmitry Khvorostovskiy were all born, educated and worked here. There are 5 professional theatres in Krasnoyarsk. Mikhail Godenko’s State Academic Dance Company of Siberia is known to spectators of more than 50 countries worldwide. 40 municipal cultural institutions are situated in Krasnoyarsk.
City of Sports
Siberia is a snowy area, and naturally, winter sports are popular there. Krasnoyarsk has the Biathlon Academy Sports Center, at which skiers, bobsledders, speed-skaters, snowboarders, etc. are trained. Of course, Krasnoyarsk has mountain ski resorts, with Bobrovy Log the most popular, with 14 trails of various difficulty. Krasnoyarsk trains not only professional skiers, but also motorcyclists: its residents have won the world's motorcycling championships 21 times, a record. Krasnoyarsk is viewed as the capital of Russian rugby and every year hosts international competitions in freestyle wrestling and ballroom dancing. In 2019, the Winter Universiade, sports competitions for university students, was hold here.
City of Nature
Krasnoyarsk is mostly worldwide known due to the nature reserve “Krasnoyarsk Pillars.”Krasnoyarsk Columns is a unique phenomenon. It is written a lot of books, articles, poems, and songs about it. The movies are made about it and they are the source of inspiration of artists. Many lives and events are connected to it. A unique move of “stolbistov” was born and still alive there with its own traditions and unique folklore.On the area of the the reserve 56 species of mammals live and 762 species of plants grow, 150 of which are subject to special protection. Among large and medium-sized predators in the reserve live: the brown bear, wolf, lynx, wolverine, fox, badger. Among ungulates more common is siberian stag – the largest subspecies of red deer. There are roes and elks. There you can find a flying squirrel or a bat.