Ekaterinburg is a city in Russia, east of the Ural Mountains. It’s known for the golden-domed Church on the Blood, built in the early 21st century on the site of the 1918 Romanov executions. The Monument to the Founders stands by the banks of the Iset River. Exhibits at the nearby Sverdlovsk Regional Local Lore Museum include the Hall of the Romanovs, with personal items that belonged to the last royal family. It is a city of one and a half million people, the fourth largest in Russia, owing its existence to Peter the Great’s expansionist moxie and his avid interest in defense and resource extraction. The city carries his wife’s name, Ekaterina, who later became Catherine I after Peter’s death. It is the birthplace of modern Russia’s late first president, Boris Yeltsin, and the murder site of Tsarist Russia’s last Emperor, Nicholas II. Join us and explore this historical and cultural city.