Zlatoust was named after St John Chrysostom, who is known as Ioann Zlatoust in Russian. Although it is not sure why this name was chosen (perhaps as a dedication to the patron saint of a founder of a factory in the city), it is appropriate as Chrysostom/Zlatous translates as Golden Mouth and gold was indeed found here in the early days of the settlement. Like many cities in the Urals, Zlatoust became an industrial city with a reputation for craftsmanship. In the case of Zlatoust, the city’s masters became famed for knives and swords decorated with intricate engravings. In addition Zlatoust is one of the highest cities in Russia, standing among the hills of the South Urals and next to the Taganai Natural Park. The city is located on the Trans-Siberian Railway.
Name in Russian
City-municipality and administrative centre of the Zlatoust District of the Chelyabinsk Region
On the River Ai, close to the Taganai Nature Reserve
150km west of Chelyabinsk, 1,650km east of Moscow
Yekaterinburg Time (Moscow +5)
170,920 people (2014)