Ufa is the capital of the Republic of Bashkortostan, and one of the largest economic, cultural, sports and scientific centers in the southern Urals. The official history of the city stretches as far back as 1574.
Ufa is sited on seven hills, at the foot of which is found the confluence of three rivers: the Belaya (Agidel), the Ufa (Karaidel) and the Dema. It is a major transport hub of rail, air, river and automobile networks connecting European Russia to the Urals and Siberia.
Ufa has a population of 1,106,600 and an area of 707.9 sq. km. The city stretches for 53.5km from North to South and 29.8km from East to West.
The mainstay of the city’s economic life is oil refining and chemical production, and Ufa is home to more than thirty institutes of higher education.
Ufa’s architecture is a rich blend of various styles and traditions, with ancient temples and mosques mingling with architectural monuments and highly modern buildings.