The rivers of the central Urals


In Ancient Rus’ rivers were referred to as “God’s roads” and along their banks settlements and cities bubbled with life. During the summer, river currents served as highways for many boats and merchant caravans while in the winter the rivers’ frozen waters provided a track for sledges.

In Ancient Rus’ rivers were referred to as “God’s roads” and along their banks settlements and cities bubbled with life. During the summer, river currents served as highways for many boats and merchant caravans while in the winter the rivers’ frozen waters provided a track for sledges. Rivers also served as a stimulant in the development of new lands. Russians travelled to both the Ural Mountains and the lands of Siberia by water as back then rivers were used as the main route of travel. Hundreds of years have passed since this time and nowadays masses of tourists follow the paths that traders and travellers took before them. On their journeys they hope to catch a glimpse of the Ural rivers, which have played witness to the magnificent geological transformations that have taken place here over time. Traces of the different periods can easily be seen on their steep banks, just like on stone tablets, and one simply needs to learn how to distinguish them.