Russian visa for US citizens
Ok, at first the visa application for US citizens looks complicated and outright intrusive asking very, very personal questions. They want an invitation from a hotel and detailed information about your trip. Western hotel such as the Hilton, Mariott and other high end hotels will fax you an invitation but usually you must pay at least one nights deposit in order for them to send you an invitation.
Instead of going thru all that we went thru a travel company that specializes with Russian visa. The cost was $130 for the visa, $30 for the invitation and $30 for there service and $20 for FEDEX back to your house.
The company is called Travel visa Pro they have 4 different offices all over the states there web site is www.travelvisapro.com
Processing time for the visa was 10 days ...
Highly recommend this service doing it on your own is almost impossible ... Travel Visa pro takes care of everything all you have to do is send your passport in and they take care of the rest,
Hopes this helps ....
avoid october 3rd 1993!Wow,...
avoid october 3rd 1993!
Wow, here I am, Moscow! A quick shower then I go... uh a let me see if I can see the italian television... yes great! in the shower... in novotel you can hear your tv also in the bathroom... pappappaparapaaaa what's this music? not the time for the news... hu-ho EDIZIONE STRAORDINARIA (breaking news I mean) in moscow they're shooting each other around the white house (yes, the parliament house in moscow is called the white house.. :-)). I only had two hours on my way back.... things were better so I paid a quick visit to the best square I ever saw! the red square and the kremlin are simply breathtaking!!! unfortunately due to the halfrevolutiontime cameras were not allowed...
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Eglise de la Trinité
L’église de la Trinité est située à proximité du palais d’Ostankino, richement décorée de dômes verts.
Elle a été construite entre 1678 et 1683 pour la famille Tcherkasski, propriétaire du domaine d’Ostankino avant les Chérémétiev. L’église de la Trinité d’Ostankino arbore les traditionnels kokochniki et cinq coupoles mais diffère des édifices semblables par ses deux chapelles construites de part et d’autre (au nord et au sud) de l’édifice central, chacune avec son entrée et couronnée d’un dôme.
The church of the Trinidad is situated close to the palace of Ostankino, richly decorated of green domes.
It has been constructed between 1678 and 1683 for the family Tcherkasski, owner of the domain of Ostankino before the Cheremetievs. The church of the Trinidad of Ostankino raises the traditional kokochniki and five domes but defers similar buildings by its two constructed on all sides chapels (to the north and to the south) of the central building, each with its entry and crowned of a dome. La construction très élaborée, en brique, est ornée de pierres et de carreaux blancs, décoration typique de la période baroque moscovite. Eglise fermée dans les années 1920, après la Révolution bolchevique, période à partir de laquelle elle fut très dégradée, pillée, puis utilisée successivement comme musée, comme entrepôt de pommes de terre, et, pendant la guerre, comme lieu de stockage des biens les plus précieux du palais voisin d'Ostankino. Son intérieur fut progressivement restauré à partir des années 1970 et, dans les années 1980, l'église accueillait des concerts de musique classique. Finalement restituée au patriarcat de Moscou en 1991.
The very elaborate construction, in brick, is decorated of stones and white tiles, decoration typical of the Muscovite odd period. Closed church in the years 1920, after the Bolshevik Revolution, period from which she/it was damaged very, robbed, used then successively like museum, like warehouse of potatoes, and, during the war, like place of storage of the most precious goods of the neighboring palace of Ostankino. Its inside was restored progressively from the years 1970 and, in the years 1980, the church welcomed concerts of classical music. Finally restored to the patriarchy of Moscow in 1991.
Birth of Mother's God Temple
The church was built in 1625 and then after fire in 1648 it became stone. It's the last example with hipped roof in church architecture because such style was forbidden in 1653 by Orthodox church's patriarch. Church was renovated twice after fire in 1812 when Napoleon was in the city and in the end of XIX century. In Soviet time, in 1938, church was closed and different institution were here, even rehearsals of circus were here.
The hardest word I had to...
The hardest word I had to learn in Russian was simply 'hello.' It sounds something like 'Zdrastrvrooeet.' However, pronouncing it fully like that is sort of like saying 'Hellllooooooo theerrrreeee.' Almost everyone says hello 'Zdrast.' Like in English, most people simply say 'Hi.'