The first real city in this territory was founded much later, in 1776, by the decree of Catherine the Great. It was founded by Prince Grigory Potemkin, one of the favorites of the Empress, so it was quite natural that he called the city Yekaterinoslav. This is how the city was called until 1926. At the beginning of the 20th century, it acquired the status of a major industrial center. The cityâ€™s territory had advanced metallurgical and machine-building factories, and in the middle of the 20th century the first rocket-building factory was opened here.
For many years the advanced industrial center remained closed, and it was necessary to obtain a special permit to enter its territory as well as for leaving the city. The city became accessible to travelers only recently. In Dnipropetrovsk there are historical, artistic and literary museums, as well as numerous centers of modern culture. In a large city there are about 2200 streets and 94 thousand different buildings. There are also unique historical sites, which are more than 200 years old.
The main entertainment for tourists remains visiting historical sites and sightseeing, which in the city is a great variety. One of the first architectural complexes that deserve attention is the Transfiguration Cathedral, erected in the beginning of the 19th century by the order of Catherine II. The church was built by the best architects; it is of great value not only as a historical object, but also as an artifact. The best example of classicism was recognized by the St. Nicholas Church, the halls of which are adorned with beautiful murals. Among the religious buildings there is also the Bryansk Nikolaev church, built in 1915.