In the Urals, unlike other parts of Russia, the centre of every town was a factory and Ekaterinburg was planned as the capital for all factories in the region. By 1723 a dam, industrial buildings and a fortress were constructed in this historical square. From 1726 there was a Mint and for the next 140 years, it produced the majority of Russia’s copper coins.
Many of the buildings in the square have survived and now house a variety of museums. A capsule of time was buried here in 1973 and is due to be opened in 2023 - on the city’s 300th anniversary. The square has a pleasant atmosphere and is used for concerts, celebrations and festivals. It is also well patronised by locals who enjoy relaxing on the benches or patronising the numerous nearby cafes and restaurants.
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