Novosibirsk is the third largest city in Russia with a population over 1.5 million people. Located on the Ob River, the city was founded in 1893 and was originally named Novonikolayevsk in honour of both Saint Nicholas and the then Tsar Nicholas II.
The city’s economy is primarily an industrial centre with some of the largest manufacturing companies in Russia having headquarters in the city. Novosibirsk is home to the centre of the world famous Trans Siberian Railway station that has largely grown the city in the developing years since its foundation.
There are plenty of world listed heritage buildings throughout the city and a popular place to see is the architectural wonder of Saint Alexander Nevsky’s Cathedral. Named after the famous saint the church boasts wonderful and traditional Russian Orthodox Architecture.
For culture the Novosibirsk Opera House is popular among tourists and visitors to the city. The acoustics are some of the best in the world and all year round there are wonderful performances of both Opera and traditional Russian Ballet.
Another attraction drawing in yearly crowds of over 800,000 people is the Novosibirsk Zoo. World renowned as a scientific institution it features more than four thousand animals in thirty-two different enclosures. The Zoo also plays a major role in the Wold captive breading programme with several of the world’s most endangered species calling the Zoo their home.
Art lovers will enjoy the Novosibirsk State Art Museum with plenty of authentic Russian paintings and sculptures to see. Founded in 1958, the museum houses a collection of more than 10,000 works of art most of which are all Russian.
Many tourists also enjoy a nice river cruise down the Ob River especially during the summer months. The Ferries are available for day trips or longer journeys with full sleeping cabins.
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