This summer, football lovers will be able to enjoy an aperitif of what will be the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. The host country will celebrate the FIFA Confederations Cup in June.
Those who are lucky enough to travel to Russia during these sporting events will be able to take the opportunity to get to know the cities that will host the competition matches. If you are one of those lucky ones, we recommend that you pay close attention to what we tell you below, since we are going to talk to you about the eleven venues of the soccer world championship. And even if you are not going to attend the event or plan to travel to Russia, you may also be interested in knowing some of the main cities of one of the most important countries in the world. So will you join us?
How could it be otherwise, let’s start by talking about Moscow, the capital of the country, which is home to emblematic places, such as Red Square . The World Cup final will be held here, specifically in the renovated Luzniki stadium. In addition, Spartak will also host some matches.
Of course, Saint Petersburg, a city known as the "European pearl", will also host matches. A UNESCO World Heritage Site , among other things because it houses beautiful palaces and important religious buildings. The local team is Zenit, so it will be their stadium that will host some of the matches in the competition.
Known as the capital of the Urals, Yekaterinburg is the gateway to Siberia and is one of the stages of the famous Trans-Siberian train. If you travel to this city, we recommend you visit some of its temples, such as the Temple of Blood, built over the place where the entire family of Tsar Nicholas II was murdered.
Another city that will host World Cup matches will be Kaliningrad, known as the City of Amber, since this precious stone is abundant in this place. Although it was badly damaged during World War II, it still preserves important monuments, such as the Church of the Holy Family, the Königsberg Stock Exchange and ten historic cathedrals.
Kazan, the third most important city in Russia, already has the Kazan Arena ready, another of the stadiums that will host matches. It is reminiscent of Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, considered one of the best football fields in the world. The best thing about this city is its ethnic and religious diversity, which can be seen in its architecture.
We also need to talk about Nizhni Novgorod, which can boast of its rich architectural in perfect condition. Although you can get to the city by car and by plane, it is best to do it on board a cruise ship.
World Cup matches will also be played in Rostov-on-Don, which is home to different landmarks, such as the Gorky Theater, a masterpiece of constructivism . In addition, this place is known for the beauty of its women, who have won more than 100 international pageants during the last 20 years.
The city of Samara is one of the most important communications hubs in the country. If you have the opportunity to travel to this place, we recommend you visit the Space Museum, since the rocket that took the first man into space was built here. Yes, we are talking about Yuri Gagarin.
We also need to talk about Sochi that, until 2020, held the Russian Grand Prix Formula One. Located between the mountains of the Caucasus and the Black Sea, the city hosts the Fisht stadium in Sochi, which has been designed by Popoulous.
Volgograd is known for having been the scene of one of the bloodiest battles of World War II. In fact, in 1945 he received the Heroic City decoration for the heroism shown by the inhabitants and the Red Army.
Finally, we have to talk about Saransk, capital of the Republic of Mordovia, which is famous for its craftsmen and for the puppet theater. The Mordovia Arena state is being renovated to incorporate a commercial and leisure area.