Urals Federal District
Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area
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Federal district: Urals Federal District.
Main cities: Surgut, Langepas, Nizhnevartovsk, Nefteyuygansk, Kogalym.
Land and Resources: The Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area is located in the central part of Russia in the center of the West Siberian Plain. It borders on the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Region in the north, the Komi Republic in the northeast, Sverdlov Region in the southwest, Tobolsky and Uvatsky districts of Tyumen Region in the south, and Tomsk Region and Krasnoyarsk Territory in the southeast and east. Total area: 534 800 km2. The relief is a combination of plains, foothills, and mountains. The highest elevations are Narodnaya Mountain in the Pre-Polar Urals (1894 m) and Pedy Mountain in the Northern Urals (1010 m). The Ob and Irtysh rivers, 12 of their tributaries, and many smaller rivers form the area`s river system. Altogether, there are nearly 30 000 rivers in the area. There are nearly 290 000 lakes with an area of more than 1 hectare. Larger lakes (area greater than 100 km2) include Kondinsky Sor, Leushinsky Tyman, Vandemtor, and Tromemtor.
Climate: The area has a severe continental climate with average January temperatures of -18 to -24°C and average July temperatures of +15.7 to +18.4°C. The height of the snow cover is from 50 to 80 cm.
Transportation: Most freight in Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area is transported by water or rail; 29% is transported by road, and 2% by air. The area has 1073 km of railway lines, more than 14 000 km of roads, nearly 5000 km of navigable waterways. It is served by Khanty-Mansiysk Airport.
The capital of Yugra – Khanty-Mansiysk- is situated on seven hills, and those who live here believe that this fact brings fortune to the residents and visitors of the city.
The territory gained notoriety as a place of exile for prisoners of State. Prince Dmitry Romodanovsky served his sentence in Berezovsky District; Count Andrei Osterman was exiled here in 1742; and the large family of the princes Dolgorukov, in 1798. Prince Menshikov and his daughter Mariya are buried in these lands where they were exiled. Decembrists were exiled here after the Decembrist uprising in Senate Square (St. Petersburg).
Memorial Board in honour to famous researcher of the North of West Siberia, A.A. Dunin-Gorcavich, the forest warden of the Samarovskaya forest area, was attached to the Yugraleshoz building (Dunin-Gorcavich street) on December 12, 2006. It is planned to erect the Monument to A.A. Dunin-Gorcavich on the street named after him.
Russian Old (Cheldon) Settlement Shapsha: it takes 30 min. to get there by bus from Khanty-Mansiysk. There you can plunge into the atmosphere of folk festivals, to taste Russian traditional dishes such as pelmeni, gribnitsa, milk mushrooms, stroganina, home-made bred, to get acquainted with rural amusements and games. The guests may experience the ceremony of initiation into the Siberian and get a special certificate in support.
The Picture Gallery, the House-museum of National Painter V.A. Igoshev, the Museum of Oil & Gas.
Siberian Empire. The Mystery of Cedar: during this excursion you will be able to enjoy the magnificent beauty of untouched wild nature around the city, take part in winter entertaining activities, and to visit the Valley of Rivulets.
The Memorable sign to First Discoverers of the Yugra-Land, going up to the panorama observation site.
One of the best in the World centers of Biathlon, the Valley of Rivulets (beautiful area of Northern nature), the Victory Park, the Fountain Rotunda, the Eternal Fire, River Port, Church of the Protection of the Blessed Virgin, Stele to the Explorers of the Siberian Lands.
The ecological path “Cool Ravine – Hotel “Misne” - this foot excursion is designed for various categories of visitors. During this excursion you will be able to get acquainted with taiga vegetation and its distinctive features.
The Memorial of Glory is devoted to the Okrug warriors, who perished during the Great Patriotic War. It is situated in the very center of the Victory Park /Mira street/
Monument to Teachers and Pupils perished during the Great Patriotic War
Architectural Monument - Lenin street, 51
Monument to the workers of the fish processing plant perished during the Great Patriotic War
Monument to Loparev, a hero of the Civil War
Alley of Glory of the Heroes of the Great Patriotic War. Victory Park.
Monuments to Saint Cyril and Mephodiy. The opening and consecration ceremony was conducted on May 23, 2006.
Monument “Bronze Symbol of the Yugra” is devoted to 75th anniversary of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Yugra. It was opened on December 10, 2005.
Rotunda-Fountain is situated on the central square of the Khanty-Mansiysk City. Total area of the construction is 42 m².
Memorable sign devoted to first explorers of Yugra-Land. The Stele is situated on the hill in Samarovo.
The memorable sign “Yugra – for great reformers of the Yugra-Land” was placed in front of the KHMAO Administration building in 2000.
Composition “The Fire of the Sport Glory”
Sculptures of the Teacher and Student in front of the Yugra state university
Memorable sign to Duke Menschikov was placed at the site intended for offering up prayers and rest in Samarovo village in 1728.
Sculpture “Golden tambourine”
Monument to the first explorers of Yugra-Land is situated on the square in front of the Museum of Oil & Gas. It was opened on the 50th anniversary of the opening of Western Siberian oil-and-gas province.
Sculpture “Assol Korabelnaya” is situated on the square near the River Station. Assol is a heroine of A. Grin`s novel "Scarlett Sails", who waited the ship with scarlet sails from her dreams.
Khanty family at rest - bronze figures of aboriginals and deer are situated in front of the Airport of Khanty-Mansiysk.
The monument to the prominent scientist Aleksander Dunin-Gorkavitch was opened in Khanty-Mansiysk on June 15, 2007.
Ethnographic open-air Museum «Torum-Maa» in Khanty-Mansiysk
Gallery of Rayshev in Khanty-Mansiysk
Monument to Pushkin and Goncharova in Khanty-Mansiysk
Pravoslavny (Orthodox) complex «In the name of the Resurrection of Christ» in Khanty-Mansiysk
Resurrection Church of Christ in the Khanty-Mansiisk
The sculpture composition «Mammoths» in Khanty-Mansiysk (2007, 425 anniversary of the capital).
The skiing centre
Christ Resurrection Church (XIX c.)
Encarta World Atlas
http://www.hmao.wsnet.ru/ - the official site of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area