City in the Perm Region
Kungur is one of the oldest settlements in Urals, in 1970 it was included in the list of historical cities of Russia.
Founded in the 17th century, Kungur was a recognized hub of leather production for a long time. Blacksmiths from Kungur were also widely known. In the 19th century the profile of the city's economy changed; Kungur became the center of wholesale tea trade. The city was even called the tea capital of Russia. At the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, steamships made in Kungur shipyards were traveling along Russian rivers in large numbers.
Elena Churakova, a member of the Russian track and field team and a participant in the 2012 Olympic Games, is a native of Kungur.
The main point of interest of Kungur is the unique ice cove located on the city's outskirts. 80,000 people visit it yearly.
The city's residents are called Kunguryaks.
In the city there is an annual ballooning festival, "Heavenly Exhibition".
The future leader of Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito, worked as a mechanic at a Kungur depot in 1917.
At various times Kungur was visited by author Fyodor Dostoevsky, philosopher and essayist Alexander Radishchev, naturalist Alexander Humboldt, historian Vasily Tatishchev, radio inventor Alexander Popov and composer Dmitri Kabalevsky.
In the twentieth century art pieces made of pottery and of Ural semi-precious stones became a hallmark of Kungur. Figurines of these materials are a popular souvenir that tourists usually bring back from Kungur.
Kungur is popular cinematographers. The movies "Shadows Disappear at Noon", "The Demidovs", "Golden Woman", and others were filmed here.
- The Sochi 2014 Olympic Flame took to the skies of Kungur in a hot-air balloon
Kungur, 03.01.2014 16:04The Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay began its two-day trip around the Perm region. On its 89th day, the 5.62 km long route passed through the historic city of Kungur. Kungur became 100th Russian city visited by the Sochi 2014 Olympic flame. 25 torchbearers, including the nominees of the Sochi 2014 Relay Presenting Partners, attended the Olympic procession: Coca-Cola, OSAO "Ingosstrakh" and OAO "Russian Railways."