A samovar ([səmɐˈvar], literally “self-brewer”) is a heated metal container traditionally used to heat and boil water in Russia.
The first samovars were made in the Urals in the end of the 18th century. Alongside the Tula pryanik, the samovar is regarded as one of the most distinctive brands of the city of Tula (180 km south of Moscow). Historians found the first mention of the “water-heating machine” in documents dating to 1740 – a copper samovar was manufactured at the Demidov Manufacture in the town of Suksun in the Urals.
The biggest working samovar in the world has a capacity of 555 liters of water, and can serve… 2,220 people at a time! It was made in Perm in 2014, and it’s entered in the Russian Book of Records