Friday, 5 February 2016

Museum of Mining 'Red Hill', Kemerovo

Kemerovo is an industrial city, famous for being the capital of one of the largest coal-mining regions in Russia called Kuzbass. I have already written a post about our travel there in winter 2012, but I like Kemerovo so much that I am always happy to come again, though the common opinion of the city is that of a purely industrial center with no worthy sights. I can only agree that the city is Soviet, even more Soviet than Novosibirsk, with even more Stalin-style buildings and enormous industrial enterprises, still, it is what makes the city attractive. It is located on both sides of the Tom' River, has a number of nice parks and a lot of cozy and welcoming cafes and restaurants in luxurious Stalin-style houses in the downtown.

As Kemerovo is the capital of one of the largest Russian coal-mining regions, it definitely has a lot to tell its guests about coal-mining. But even if you are not interested in the subject, make sure to visit the 'Red Hill' (Krasnaya Gorka) museum devoted to the history of the industry and located exactly where the first pit was organized. Now it is nearly the city center, but a century and a half ago it was just a pit overlooking the Tom' River. It is still possible to see the remains of the old bridge by means of which coal was brought to the other river side.

In the museum you can see several famous BELAZ trucks, huge vehicles destined to carry coal and other heavy cargo.

You can go down the pit and learn about the history and other details of coal mining, or you can just walk outside enjoying the view, though pretty industrial.


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