The World Cup Trophy was in the southern Russia city until Saturday, before it departed for its next stop in St. Petersburg.

"More than 17,000 people came to see and take photos with the [World Cup] trophy during the four days," the tour organizers said, adding this was one of the highest figures in the country so far.

The World Cup trophy is a composition of two human figures holding the globe in their raised hands. In accordance with the FIFA rules, only the winners of the tournament and heads of states can touch the trophy.

The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour kicked off in Moscow in September. The trophy visited 16 Russian cities before the international part of the tour began in London in January. After returning to Russia, the trophy visited six cities before arriving in Rostov-on-Don on May 23.

It will then leave for two more 2018 World Cup host cities - St. Petersburg and Moscow. After its arrival in the Russian capital, it will have completed the longest tour in FIFA's history, having covered more than 16,500 miles (26,500 kilometers) in 123 days.

Russia will host its first FIFA World Cup from June 14 to July 15. The fixtures will be played at 12 stadiums across 11 cities, including Rostov-on-Don.