The city was founded 1679. It has never been a venue of any major historic events. Thus, the city can boast of no big historic or cultural value. Nevertheless, Kurgan makes a good place to stay overnight and to break a rather long drive from Omsk to Chelyabinsk.

The central square.

The Kurgan Oblast government building.

The drama theatre in the central square.

The WWII memorial.

The 1896 Alexander Nevsky church.

The 1881 fire station watch tower.

In the central park.

The statue of Leonid Krasin born in Kurgan in 1870. A prominent Russian revolutionary, comrade-in-arms of Lenin and Stalin.

KURGAN oblast - КУРГАНская область

shadrinsk - шадринск

The town of Shadrinsk founded in 1662 is located in the north-west corner of the Kurgan Oblast. "A cobblestone is the weapon of the proletariat". The famous statue was created by Soviet artist Ivan Shadr born in 1887 who grew up in Shadrinsk. The gypsum original is displayed in the Tretyakov Art gallery in Moscow. The bronze original is installed in the December Uprising Square in Moscow. A copy is here in Shadrinsk. The statue of Ivan Shadr is flanked by his two works. The other one is called "A seasonal worker". Why there are no more proletariat revolutions in the world? Because cobblestone streets and squares have long been paved.

Lenin in Shadrinsk is elegant.

The 1771 Transfiguration Cathedral.

The 1793 Saint Nicholas church.

The drama theatre.

The WWII memorial.