|Federal subject||Krasnodar Krai|
|Founded||January 12, 1794|
|City status since||1867|
|• Body||City Duma|
|• Head||Evgeny Pervyshov|
|• Total||339.31 km2 (131.01 sq mi)|
|Elevation||25 m (82 ft)|
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||17th in 2010|
|• Density||2,200/km2 (5,700/sq mi)|
|• Subordinated to||City of Krasnodar|
|• Capital of||Krasnodar Krai, City of Krasnodar|
|• Urban okrug||Krasnodar Urban Okrug|
|• Capital of||Krasnodar Urban Okrug|
|Time zone||UTC+3 (MSK )|
|Dialing code(s)||+7 861|
|City Day||Last non-working day of September|
|Twin towns||Karlsruhe, Harbin, Ferrara, Tallahassee, Burgas, Nancy|
Name[change | change source]
The city was founded on January 12, 1794 (Gregorian calendar) as Yekaterinodar (Екатеринода́р). The original name meant "Catherine's Gift", both in recognition of Catherine the Great's grant of land in the Kuban region to the Black Sea Cossacks (later the Kuban Cossacks), and also in recognition of Saint Catherine, the Martyr, who is considered to be the patron of the city. After the October Revolution, Yekaterinodar was renamed Krasnodar (December 1920). There are two potential meanings for the new name of the city: Krasno- (Красно-), meaning either 'beautiful' (an older root) or 'red' (especially relevant considering the political atmosphere of the time); and -dar (-дар), meaning 'gift'. Thus, the city's name means either beautiful gift or red gift (i.e. 'gift of the reds')..
History[change | change source]
The origin of the city starts with a fortress built by the Cossacks in order to defend imperial borders and claim Russian ownership over Circassia, which was contested by Ottoman Turkey. In the first half of the 19th century Yekaterinodar grew into a busy center of the Kuban Cossacks. It was granted town status in 1867. By 1888 about 45,000 people lived in the city and it became a vital trade center of southern Russia. In 1897, an obelisk commemorating 200 year old history of Kuban Cossack Host was built in Yekaterinodar.
During the Great Patriotic War (World War II), Krasnodar was occupied by the German Army between August 12, 1942 and February 12, 1943. The city sustained heavy damage in the fighting but was rebuilt and renovated after the war.
In the summer of 1943, the Soviets began trials, including of their own citizens, for collusion with the Nazis and participation in war crimes. The first such trial was held at Krasnodar on July 14–17, 1943. This was the first public trial of the mass murder of Jews during the Holocaust. The Krasnodar tribunal pronounced eight death sentences, which were summarily conducted in the city square in front of a crowd of about thirty thousand people.
Famous Russian soprano Anna Netrebko, soprano Evgenia Kononova, cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, counterrevolutionary Andrei Shkuro and rhythmic gymnast Inna Zhukova were born in Krasnodar. Another notable native of Krasnodar is Greece basketball international Lazaros Papadopoulos, who emigrated to Greece with his Pontic Greek parents when he was 10 years old.
Main sights[change | change source]
Other attractions include St. Catherine's Cathedral, the State Arts Museum, a park and theatre named after Maxim Gorky, the beautiful concert hall of the Krasnodar Philharmonic Society, which is considered to have some of the best acoustics in southern Russia, State Cossack Choir and the Krasnodar circus
The most interesting place of Krasnodar is Krasnaya Street (which translates as "Red, Beautiful Street"). There are many sights there. In the beginning of this street one can see the Central Concert Hall; at the other end one can see the Avrora cinemacenter. A "Triumphal Arch" is in the middle of Krasnaya Street.
Transportation[change | change source]
The main airline is Kuban Airlines (at Krasnodar International Airport), and the largest hotels in the city include the Intourist, Hotel Moskva, and Hotel Platan. Krasnodar uses a 220 V/50 Hz power supply with two round-pin outlets, like most European countries.
Public transportation within Krasnodar consists of city buses, trolleybuses, trams, and marshrutkas. Trolleybuses and trams, both powered by overhead electric wires, are the main form of transportation in Krasnodar. Unlike Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Krasnodar does not have a metro system.
Coat of arms[change | change source]
The coat of arms of Yekaterinodar was introduced in 1841 by the Cossack yesaul Ivan Chernik. The royal letter "E" in the middle is for Ekaterina II (Russian for Catherine II). It also depicts the date city was founded, the Imperial double headed eagle (symbolizing Tsar's patronage of Black Sea Cossacks), a bulawa of a Cossack ataman, Yekaterinodar fortress, and flags with letters "E", "P", "A", and "N" standing for Catherine II, Paul I, Alexander I and Nicholas I. Yellow stars around the shield symbolized 59 Black Sea stanitsas around the city.
International relations[change | change source]
Twin towns — Sister cities[change | change source]
Krasnodar has five sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International, Inc. (SCI):
Famous people[change | change source]
- Anna Netrebko (b. 1971), opera singer
- Alexander Tamanian (1878–1936), Armenian neoclassical architect
- Gennady Padalka (b. 1958), cosmonaut
- Alexandre Bondar (b. 1972), writer and novelist
- Sergei Tiviakov (b. 1973), chess Grandmaster
- Eduard Kokcharov (b. 1975), handball player
- Natalia Chernova (b. 1976), gymnast
- Lazaros Papadopoulos (b. 1980), Greek basketball player
- Inna Zhukova (b. 1986), rhythmic gymnast
References[change | change source]
- Charter of Krasnodar Krai, Article 13
- Charter of Krasnodar, Article 23
- Official website of Krasnodar. Evgeny Alekseevich Pervyshov Archived 2012-09-23 at the Wayback Machine, Head of the Municipal Formation of the City of Krasnodar (in Russian)
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