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Russia Attractions

Places to visit, points of interest and top things to see in Russia

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What is a visit to Russia without a trip to the Kremlin in Moscow? This imposing site has stood witness to many tumultuous and victorious moments in Russian History. It is in itself an awe-inspiring sight.

The Kremlin (or literally, "fortified town") is the seat of power in Russia. It is from this fortress city that the czars issued their commands and ruled all of Russia. The high walls that completely enclose the Kremlin are also dotted with 17 towers, all placed strategically. The Kremlin is a veritable smorgasbord of architectural treasures. Not only that, they hold great historical significance as well. Here lie many of Russia's cultural jewels... read more arrow
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Named after Pavel Tretyakov, the Tretyakov Gallery, in Moscow, is one of the most important art museums in the world. It houses a large collection of art, including about 2,000 Russian art works donated by its namesake. Tretyakov donated the works from his private collection during the late 19th century. From there, the collection grew and grew and the gallery now houses works from the 11th century right up to the 20th century. The collection includes works from famous Russian Realists and Impressionists, plus art nouveau works, landscapes, portraits and sacred icons.

Tretyakov made it his mission to promote national art and it is to him that some of Russia's most noted artists during that time owe their success... read more arrow
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The monument stands at the Decembrists Square, opposite the Neva River in St. Petersburg, Russia. It is framed by St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Admiralty and the buildings of the former Synod and Senate. It is said that as long as the monument stands in the midst of the city, St. Petersburg will never be defeated. It is passionately defended by the people. In fact, it survived the Siege of Leningrad because the statue was not taken away from the city but was protected by a wooden shelter and sand bags. The siege lasted for 900 days.

At the foot of this imposing monument, you can find an inscription that says "Petro Primo Catarino Secunda" which is Latin for "Peter the First from Catherine the Second"... read more arrow
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The Marble Palace

Mramornyi Dvorets or the Marble Palace is located in Saint Petersburg, in Russia. The Neoclassical palace is located between the Palace Quay and the Field of Mars, near the Winter Palace. The Empress Catherine the Great had this built for her favorite nobleman, Count Grigory Orlov. Construction and design of the palace began from 1768 and lasted for 17 years.

The architect Antonio Rinaldi designed the palace, which features opulent marble decorations - pink Karelian marble pillars, Finnish granite floors, and white marble festoons and capitals... read more arrow
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Contrary to popular misconception, the Red Square is not named "Red" because of the color of the square's bricks (although they are actually red) or as an allusion to Communism. The Red Square is actually "Krasnaya Ploschad" in Russian. The word "Krasnaya" means "beautiful" in old Russian, but it eventually evolved to mean "red". However which way you call it – beautiful or red – you will be right on the spot when describing this popular tourist destination. It is, after all, the center of the Soviet government. In fact, the Red Square is the government's official address.

The Red Square evokes images of victorious military parades, grand celebrations, riots and other historic events... read more arrow
During World War II, Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) underwent a 900-day siege by the Nazis. The people of Leningrad bravely defended their city, withstanding the lengthy siege and valiantly protecting the Bronze Horseman (as Peter the Great's monument is known). They also prevailed despite of hunger, cold and nonstop bombardment. Russia eventually triumphed against the Nazi Attacks. For their courage, strength of spirit and sense of nationality, a monument was built in their honor. This is called the Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad.

The concept and design of the monument came from an open competition announced in 1958... read more arrow
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The Winter Palace (or "Zimnyi Dvorets") was the main residence of the Russian tsars during winter. It is located in Saint Petersburg, at Millionnaya Ulitsa.

It lends its majestic presence along the bank of the Neva River. The palace is superbly designed in the Baroque tradition. It is particularly impressive because of its elaborately adorned rooms and halls (there are about 1,000 such halls and rooms!). It also has close to 2,000 windows, nearly 1,800 doors. The 200-meter façade is just awe-inspiring. It is filled with pillars, bays and statuary and sports the colors green, white and gold... read more arrow
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The Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropalovskaia Krepost) in Saint Petersburg, Russia, was Peter the Great's answer to possible attack from the Swedish army. When he reclaimed the lands on the banks of the Neva River, he had the fortress built on Hare Island (Zayachii Ostrov), an island in the Neva. Workmen labored overtime to finish the fortress because they expected an impending attack from the Swedes. The attack never came since the Swedes were defeated even before the fortress was completed. However, the foundation of the fortress (on May 1703) also resulted in the birth of St. Petersburg. In fact, the fortress was the first major structure of the city... read more arrow
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The Cathedral of St. Basil the Blessed, or simply, Saint Basil's Cathedral, stuns and amazes with its color, grandiosity and quirkiness. The Church of the Intercession of the Virgin on the Moat, as it is formally called, was built to commemorate the capture of the Tartar city of Kazan on October 1, 1552.

No visit to Moscow is ever complete without taking advantage of a photo opportunity in front of St. Basil's Cathedral. The designs are so unique and there is nothing like it anywhere in the world... read more arrow
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Most people would enjoy seeing a volcano close-up, especially an active one. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience many years ago, and would now like to introduce it to my children. Recently, I discovered the surprising fact that the most active volcano area on earth is located on a Russian peninsula!

Located in far eastern Russia, Kamchatka lies between the Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea. With less than two people per square mile, this is surely a foray into wilderness country! The 403,000 inhabitants live in the capital of Petropavlovsk, and depend upon fishing and forestry for their livelihoods... read more arrow
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Lake Baikal (Irkust Province)

Discover a place so beautiful it literally will take your breath away. Lake Baikal, in the Irkust Province of Siberia in Russia, is simply magical – you have to visit it and see for yourself. It is paradise for the nature lover, the wildlife watcher and the consummate fisherman.

The name says it all – "Baikal" is from the Turk language that means "wealthy" (bai) and "lake" (kul). So Baikal is "Wealthy Lake", and indeed it is. Its nickname, the "Pearl of Siberia", is well-deserved.

Lake Baikal is a national treasure that is prized for its sheer beauty and immensity... read more arrow
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The Statue of Peter the Great stands by the Moskva River in Moscow, Russia. It is one of the tallest statues in the world (6th) being about 94m high.

This monument was made by controversial sculptor-painter-architect Zurab Tsereteli. His work is often subject of strong public criticism. This statue would be mostly an attraction due to it's size and location.

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