Sunday, August 20, 2017

Historical House Sevastyanova will open to citizens

An historic building that is a monument to history in Yekaterinburg will be opened to ordinary citizens as a result of its cultural significance.

Plans for the House Sevastyanova, a building located near the residence of the governor of the Sverdlovsk region, were announced on Monday by the city's administration, BakuToday reports.

Evgeniy Kujvasev, the governor of the region, and James Silinu, the minister of culture, approved the opening of the building for significant social, cultural and other events. The House Sevastyanova will also be open to trips for historical and cultural reasons.

"The House of Sevastyanova is one of the cultural-historical heritage of Yekaterinburg and its attraction," Kujvasev said, according to BakuToday. "It should please the eye (of) inhabitants of the city and region, not symbolize (a) secret facility."

Prior to 2008, the building housed the Federation of Trade Unions in the Sverdlovsk region. The building was host to the Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Yekaterinburg in June 2009. The building was then turned into a residence for the Russian president and was a venue for official government events. As a result, the building's access was restricted significantly.

The restriction will be lifted as a result of the proclamation and the building could become a major tourist attraction in the area.