Infobox Russian city
Charter of Biysk
Biysk is situated in Southwestern
Siberia, on the Biya River(not far from its confluence with the Katun River). The city is called "the gates to the Altay Mountains", because of its position comparatively not far from this range. In Biysk there is the beginning of the Chuysky Highway, which goes through the Altai Republicto Russia's border with Mongolia.
The city was founded in 1709 as a fortress by the order of the Russian Emperor Peter the Great, but in about a year was burnt by a local nomadic tribe and rebuilt in 1718. Gradually Biysk lost its role as a military base, but became an important centre of trade, which received town status in 1782.
The city's industry grew rapidly, especially after some factories were evacuated there from the west of the
Soviet Unionduring the World War II. Later the city was an important centre of arms development and production and still remains an industrial centre.
Biysk has a railway station, a port on the Biya, and is served by
Biysk Airport. The route of Federal importance Novosibirsk-Biysk-Tashanta (Chuysky Highway) goes through the city.
Education and culture
Biysk is a centre of education and culture, having a teachers' training university, a technical institute and other educational institutions, a drama theatre (founded in 1943), a museum of local lore, etc.
* [http://gorod.biysk.ru Official website of Biysk]
* [http://www.biysk.secna.ru/in.e.shtml Unofficial website of Biysk]
* [http://www.alvamedia.ru/ Unofficial website of Biysk]
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