Krasnoyarsk is the administrative center of Krasnoyarsk Krai of Russia, and the third largest city in Siberia. Krasnoyarsk lies on the Yenisei River and is an important junction on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Krasnoyarsk was founded in 1628 by order of Moscow nobleman Andrew Dubensky as a fortress on the junction of the Enisey and the Kacha Rivers. The fortress was named krasny, that means red in Russian. Its territory occupies one seventh of Russia and can find room for 4 territories equal to Spain, 5 equal to Thailand or 52 to Estonias.
There is a unique natural reserve Stolby in several kilometers from Krasnoyarsk. The nature itself has created this marvelous cosy nook and decorated it with tens of natural granite sculptures. Some of them have absolutely fantastic shapes.
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Krasnoyarsk and its suburbs boast picturesque landscapes. The Enisey River, one of the largest on the territory of Eurasia, and the hills covered with forests make the city’s guests fall in love with Russian nature. Among the sights of the city the grandeur bridges including railway bridges are the most remarkable. Krasnoyarsk is also famous as the native city of outstanding Russian artist Surikov, the admirers of whose talent try to visit the city at least once.