Residence of the Governor of Sverdlovsk Oblast

Donat Sorokin/TASS
If you walk down from the Church on Blood to the embankment of the city pond and continue towards Prospekt Lenina (Lenina Avenue), you will come across the residence of the governor of Sverdlovsk Oblast – one of the city's architectural centrepieces. Legend has it that the mansion's first owner was Grigory Zotov, who began his life as a serf, but ended up as the general manager of Verkh-Isetsky Mining District. The mansion was built in 1818-1821. The compound includes the main building, two annexes, and fencing.