Murmansk, from the local Sami word "murman" which means "the edge of the earth", is the world's biggest town north of the Arctic Circle. Murmansk lies on the eastern shore of Kola Bay, arm of Barents Sea in north-western Russia.
Murmansk is a port city and administrative center of Murmansk Oblast. Although its population is in decline (299,150 people according to 2014 census), Murmansk remains by far the largest settlement north of the Arctic Circle, as well as a major port on Arctic Ocean.
Prior to the World War I it was a small village containing just a few hunters and fishermen. However, in 1915 it became war's supply port and then a base for the French, British and American forces fighting the Bolsheviks in 1918. Murmansk served as the main port for Anglo-American convoys during World War II, carrying war supplies to the USSR through the Arctic Ocean.
Murmansk is ice-free; it is the only Russian port with unrestricted access to the Atlantic Ocean unlike icebound Saint Petersburg. It is also the home port of Russian nuclear icebreakers (Atomflot is the only fleet of nuclear-powered icebreakers in the world). The Port of Murmansk serves as the headquarters of the Northern Sea Route (Sevmorput), and as the administration of Russian Arctic maritime transport.
Murmansk is also the Russian terminus of the Arctic Bridge, the sea route linking it to Canadian port of Churchill, Manitoba. Even though this passage has not been fully tested for commercial shipping, Russian interest exists, since the bridge will serve as a major trade route between Asia and Europe.
Murmansk has 2 main (Murmansk Oblast Art Museum and Murmansk Oblast Museum) and a few small museums. There are also an aquarium, libraries and 3 professional theaters.
In 1974, a massive 116 ft (35.5-meter) tall statue Alyosha (Russian WWII soldier), was installed on a 23 ft )7-meter) high foundation. Hotel Arctic, currently popular as Azimut Hotel Murmansk, opened in 1984 and became the tallest building found above the Arctic Circle.
Highlights: Historic WW1 & WW2 port
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