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Perm is one of Russia's many large cities, and it is beautifully situated on the banks of the Kama River. The town's history dates back to the construction of a copper smelter in 1723, and the plant's developed into a village called Yagoshikha. The name Perm came into being in 1781, and in the years 1940-1957 the town was officially named Molotov.

Perm's start as an industrial city is a status it also has today. The city is strategically located at the Kama and the Trans-Siberian Railway, and it is a major hub and one of the industrial and economic centers of the Ural region.

The center of Perm is located south of the Kama River and there are several things to see. By the river you can walk along modern promenades, from which there is a nice view of the river and to the central bridge leading to the northern suburbs of Perm. It is also by the river that you can see the beautiful Perm-1 railway station.

In Perm the are several beautiful churches with the impressive cathedral as the most worth seeing. You can also visit several exciting museums such as the State Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art. A particularly well-known attraction is the sculpture of The Legend of Perm Bear, which stands on one of the city's many squares.

Other attractions
  • Perm Academic Opera- and Ballet Theater/Пермский академический театр оперы и балета: Perm's opera and ballet premiered with Mikhail Glinkas Life for the Tsar in 1870. The current theater building was completed in 1879 and was immediately taken into use for the 1879-1880 season. The place is named after Tchaikovsky, who was born in Votkinsk southwest of Perm, and all of Tchaikovsky's ballets and operas are performed here.
  • Perm Museum of Contemporary Art/Пермский музей современного искусства: The Museum of Contemporary Art in Perm is also known as PERMM, and it is one of the city's leading museums. It was founded in 2009 and has established a fine collection. In addition, there are changing exhibitions that you can see at the museum.
  • Perm Academic Theater-Theater/Пермский академический Театр-Театр: This is one of Perm's larger theaters. It held its premiere in 1927, and over the years it has staged many fine productions. Since 1982, it has been housed in the current theater building, which is a beautiful example of Soviet modernism.
  • Perm State University/Пермский государственный университет: The State University of Perm was founded in 1916 as a department of the university in the then capital of St. Petersburg. This was done to strengthen the cultural and geopolitical development of the Ural region. In terms of architecture, the university is best known for the eastern entrance building on campus at the street of ul. Genkelya/ул. Генкеля.
  • Peter and Paul Cathedral/Петропавловский собор : This is one of the oldest churches in Perm. It was first built of wood in 1724 in connection with the construction of a copper smelter at this point, where the river Yagoshikha empties into the Kama River. In 1757-1764 the present stone church was built, and in 1781 it became the cathedral where Catherine II appointed the priests. The church was closed during the Soviet Union, but given to the Orthodox Church again in 1990.
  • Gribushin's House/Дом Грибушина: Gribushin's House is one of the finest buildings in Perm. It is a baroque mansion with Art Nouveau elements, built 1895-1897 by a local architect for the Kashperov family. In 1905, Sergei Gribushin bought the house, which was used as a shop and then a hospital, when the Gribushin family emigrated in 1919. Today, the beautiful house belongs to the Regional Academy of Sciences.
  • Perm Rotunda/Пермская Ротонда: The small rotunda in Perm stands as one of the city's most famous buildings. The rotunda was built in 1824 on the occasion of Tsar Alexander I's visit to the city that year. The rotunda stands in Central Park/Центральный парк, and it is surrounded by small cafes and various attractions.
  • Kama Promenade/Набережная Камы: The river Kama is the largest tributary of the Volga, and the river flows through Perm, where it naturally forms a large recreational area. Along the river there are some nice promenades with good views of the river. They are located around the Kamsky Most/Камский мост bridge.
  • The Historical Park of Russia - my history/Исторический Парк Россия - моя история: 'Russia - my history' is an exciting multimedia historical park located in many major cities in Russia and also in Perm. Here, the entire history of Russia from antiquity to the present is presented in an exciting way with fine themed exhibitions and with use of technology.
  • Dom Meshkova/Дом Мешкова: Dom Meshkova is one of the beautiful mansions of Perm. It was built in its original Russian classicism in 1820, but after being burned down several times, it was rebuilt in its current style in the years 1887-1889. The house was intended for a role as the seat of the city council in Perm, but over time gained many functions. It was i.a. railway office, art gallery, military headquarters and faculty before it became a cultural history museum in 2007.
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  • Transfiguration Cathedral/Спасо-Преображенский кафедральный собор: The Transfiguration Cathedral is probably the most impressive of the churches of Perm. Its history dates back to the town of Pyskore/Пыскоре, where the Transfiguration Monastery was founded in 1560. In 1781, Perm's first governor decided that the monastery should be moved to Perm, and it was then sailed along Kama to the town where it was rebuilt. The present church was built after Tsar Paul I established Perm as the new episcopal see. The grandiose cathedral was consecrated in 1819, but the tower unfortunately burned in 1946 when fireworks hit it during the celebration of the day of victory in World War II. In recent decades, the cathedral has been restored and the tower is now rebuilt.
  • Perm State Museum of Art/Пермская государственная художественная галерея: The Perm State Museum of Art is a fine regional art museum with a large and varied collection of works. The museum was founded in 1902 as part of the city's science and industry museum. The museum's fine collection was not least started with the collection of icons and other art from the Perm region. From the 1930s, the museum was housed in the Transfiguration Cathedral, and during World War II, parts of the collections of the Russian Museum were kept here. Today you can e.g. see Russian and Western European art from the 16th century to the present day. There is also antique art and an Asian collection, and you should also see the fine wooden sculptures from the 17th and 18th century Perm region.
  • Trinity Cathedral/Троицкий собор: The history of this beautiful church began with the construction of Peter Shavkunov on the Sludka hill in 1845. The first chapel was consecrated in 1849, while the main church could be used from 1857. Part of the time during the Soviet Union the church was closed and used for a weapons depot. From 1944 it was reopened and for decades was the only church active in Perm. The church stands in beautifully restored with characteristic gilded domes.
  • Perm-1 Railway Station/Железнодорожный вокзал станции Пермь I: In Perm there are two primary stations in the city's railway network, Perm-1 and Perm-2. This architecturally beautiful railway station opened as Perms station in 1879, and it got its current name in 1911 after the opening of Perm-2. The station was built as the starting point for a railway mining line between Perm and Ekaterinburg, and only later was it opened to through traffic. Opposite the station you can see Perm's old river station for passenger ships, it was beautifully built in the Soviet Union during the Stalin era.
  • The Legend of Perm Bear/Пермский медведь: Permsky Medved is the name of a famous sculpture in the center of Perm. You can see it along the street ul. Lenina in the square in front of Hotel Ural. The bear is the city's symbol and can also be seen in Perm's city coat of arms. The sculpture is also called know as The Walking Bear. It was unveiled in 2006.
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Shopping
  • Sem Pyatnits/Семь пятниц, ul. Revoljutsii 60-1/ул. Революции 60-1, 7-fridays.ru
  • Semya/Семья, ul. Revoljutsii 13/ул. Революции 13, semya.ru
  • SpeshiLove/СпешиLove, ul. Speshilova 114/ул. Спешилова 114, speshilove.ru
  • Stolitsa/Столица, ul. Mira 41-1/ул. Мира 41-1, stolicaperm.ru
  • TsUM/ЦУМ, ul. Lenina 45/ул. Ленина 45
  • Market: Tsentralnyj Rynok/Центральный рынок, ul. Pushkina 104/ул. Пушкина 104
  • Shopping streets: ul. Lenina/ул. Ленина, ul. Revoljutsii/ул. Революции, Komsomolskij Prospekt/комсомольский проспект
With kids
  • Circus: Permsky Gosudarstvennyj Tsirk/Пермский Государственный Цирк, ul. Uralskaja 112/ул. Уральская 112, circus-perm.ru
  • Puppet Theater: Permsky Teatr Kukol/Пермский театр кукол, ul. Sibirskaja 65/ул. Сибирская 65, kuklindom.perm.ru
  • Amusements: Tsentralnyj Park/Центральный парк, ul Krasnova/ул. Краснова & Komsomolsky Prospekt/комсомольский проспект
  • Zoological garden: Permsky Zoopark/Пермский зоопарк, ul. Monastyrskaja 10/ул. Монастырская 10, zoo.perm.ru
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