Because the Magnitogorsk has been one of the main supplier of armour and steel for the Soviet Army in the World War the II
a munument of worker transfering a sword to a soldier has been placed in the city on a bank of the Ural river .
Because the construction of Magnitogorsk
was connected with a great "fusion" of many nations
there was a fusion of
different cultures and religions in the city as well.
The main confession here
is Orthodoxy, but the Islam has a big deal here too ( photo ).
Another confessions and communities are few
in number but Buddhism has his Center in Magnitogorsk. Also there is a Jewish community.
In 2004 a new Christian Orthodox Church has been opened and in 2005 a new Mosque
has been opened as well (photo) .
Except trdiditonal holidays the Tatar and Bashkir Sabantuy holiday (see Wikipedia) is very popular in Magnitogorsk
(see photos in a paper (rus)).
Though the city is quite industrialized
there are many popular recreational areas in the rolling wilderness which begins
in Eastern Bashkiria (photo) The main recreational places are at 40-60km train or car ride from Magnitogorsk.
The transition from steppe to mountainous
wooded areas is laden with a unique mix of aromas and a wide variety of flora
The local forests are principally composed of birch, larch, and
The most popular site of rest and recuperation
in the summertime is Bannoe Lake, famous for its "jasper banks" (Kusimovo)
and for the
"Jubilee" complex .
And in the winter it is
Abzakovo (with President Putin) ,
which has fairly well kept by ski-lifts and tree-lined slopes of medium difficulty and a
season lasting from November until April.
New development projects were completed in
connection with the resort including a new highway between Magnitogorsk and Beloretsk (2000),
an aquapark in Abzakovo (2002)
, and a modern ski center at
Bannoe Lake (2003).
The new development projects have come together as a
united sports complex and health spa for the region.
Winter attractions are different types of skiing and snowboarding.
The summer season offers river
rafting (1) (2) ,cave exploration tours
(spelunking),horseback riding tours, mountain biking , etc.
New facilities are constantly being added to the already impressive array of
regional sports and tourism services (1),