Chelyabinsk is one of the thirteen Russian cities with over a million inhabitants. The area of Chelyabinsk covers about 53,000 hectares. It is only half the size of Moscow and can be compared to the area of a small European country, such as Andorra.
Until recently, Chelyabinsk seems to have been an ordinary big industrial city. However, the city has seen a lot of changes in recent years. The facades of buildings which face the main streets have been reconstructed. However, each building has retained its own history. Unique landmarks look renewed, and yet embody the spirit of their age.
When it gets dark, Chelyabinsk gleams in its evening lights, central streets are as bright as in daylight. Multicolored illumination is the part of the Governor’s program aimed at creation “the city’s identity”, and polishing its appearance. Indeed, you would hardly believe that you are in the heart of the Ural Mountains as the atmosphere resembles that of European cities’.
Furthermore, Chelyabinsk is one of the few megalopolises without traffic jams. Neighboring megacities even have a slightly jealous saying: “We stay when Chelyaba goes!”