With a population of 1. The city was founded in by the order of Peter the Great as a metallurgical factory. It was named after the wife of Peter the Great, Yekaterina. In , the last czar family was imprisoned, and later executed, in a house in Yekaterinburg which was later demolished.
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Officials in Russia's Sverdlovsk region have scrapped plans to build an Orthodox church in a Yekaterinburg park after a rare public outcry over the project that prompted President Vladimir Putin to urge all sides to find a comprise solution. Regional Governor Yevgeny Kuivashev said in a post on his Instagram account on May 22 that he made the decision after a poll showed 74 percent of respondents thought locating the church in a popular park in the Ural Mountains city was a poor choice. Catherine's Cathedral," Kuivashev said in the post. The announcement comes days after officials in two Russian cities -- Chelyabinsk and Krasnoyarsk -- suspended or scrapped plans to construct religious buildings as well.