Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Novosibirsk, Russia

I'd been wanting this card for quite a while, I'm so happy to finally have it!

The card shows the Novosibirsk Puppet Theatre, where you will be able to view many beautiful handmade puppets and marionettes from the past. Housed in an especially attraction historical building, the theatre dates back to the late 1930s and features regular performances for all ages.

Novosibirsk, then, Russia's third-largest city, after Moscow and Saint Petersburg, and the largest city of Siberia, with a population of 1,473,700 (2010). It is the administrative center of Novosibirsk Oblast as well as of the Siberian Federal District. The city is located in the southwestern portion of the federal district and occupies an area of 477.2 square kilometres.

The city was founded in 1893 at the future site of a Trans-Siberian Railway bridge crossing the great Siberian river of Ob. It was named Novonikolayevsk (Новониколаевск), in honor of both Saint Nicholas and the reigning tsar, Nicholas II. The bridge was completed in the spring of 1897, making the new settlement the regional transport hub. The importance of the city further increased with the completion of the Turkestan-Siberia Railway in the early 20th century.

Novosibirsk is a large industrial center. The industrial complex consists of 214 large and average industrial enterprises. These produce more than two thirds of all industrial output of the Novosibirsk region. Leading industries are the electric power industry, gas supply, water supply, metallurgy, metal working, and mechanical engineering.

Theh stamp on the top right is a Europa stamp from 2004, that year's topic being Tourism (?!). The smaller stamps are definitives from 2008 in a set of 15 stamps, the ones here representing representing a Brown Bear, Fox and Hare. The stamp at the bottom is from 2001 and is Russia's contribution to that year's Europa stamps series, that year's theme being 'water'.

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