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    Painting of Artillery Museum

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 20, 2014

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    Military Historical Museum of Artillery, Combat Engineers and Signal Corps has several canvas of famous Russian painter of Polish origin January (Jan) Sukhodolsky (1797-1875) dedicated to Russo-Turkish War of 1828-1829. Greek national uprising of 1821 was the reason of Russian participation in this war. Russian Imperial Government of Emperor Alexander I conducted nonintervention policy and was neutral. But the Government of new Emperor Nicholas I was forced to enter the war against Ottoman Empire under the pressure of public opinion. Here you can see the Jan Sukhodolsky painting “Assault of Akhaltsih fortress on August 15, 1828”. City and fortress of Akhaltsih was situated at the Transcaucasian Theater of operations. Sukhodolsky showed the late evening of August 15, 1828 than one Russian artillery grenade caused the fire in besieged city. It was decided you use that fire as the illumination of assault. After fierce hand to hand fight city was captured by the morning of next day. Akhaltsih now is the city Akhatsikhe in southern part of republic of Georgia.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod if they bought additional photo permission (about 2.10 Euros)

    Opening Hours
    Wednesdays – Sundays
    11.00 -18.00
    Ticket windows shut one hour before the museum closes
    Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and the last Thursday of the month
    Tickets: Adults – 300 rubles (6.6 Euros)
    School-children, students – 150 rubles (3.3 Euros)
    Photo permission – 100 rubles (2.10 Euros)
    Video permission - 200 rubles (4.20 Euros)

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    Military Historical Museum of Artillery, Combat Engineers and Signal Corps has several canvas of famous Russian painter of Polish origin January (Jan) Sukhodolsky (1797-1875) dedicated to Russo-Turkish War of 1828-1829. Greek national uprising of 1821 was the reason of Russian participation in this war. Here you can see the Jan Sukhodolsky painting “Assault of the fortress of Kars on June 23, 1828”. Kars was the very important stronghold at the Transcaucasian theater of operations. Fortress itself was well supplied and garrisoned. Russian troops under command of General and future Field Marshal Ivan Theodorovich Paskevich started the bombardment of Kars with first rays of the sun. At four o’clock in the morning first columns of Russian infantry advanced toward Turkish defenses. About eight o’clock in the morning Russian light infantry entered to the city of Kars after fierce hand to hand fighting. Turkish commander Emin Pasha started negotiation, in fact he tried to win enough time and receive support from Turkish Corps of Kios Mohammed Pasha from Erzerum. Paskevich demanded unconditional capitulation immediately and Emin Pasha capitulated at ten o’clock in the morning of June 23, 1828. All Turkish troops were released on parole. That impregnable fortress fell for six hours time. Russians lost during the storm three hundred soldiers and NCOs KIA including fifteen commissioned officers. Turks lost two thousand KIA and thirteen hundred were captured. Russians also captured about one hundred and fifty guns.
    Vanguard of Turkish fresh Corps from Erzerum was five kilometers from Russian siege position this time but that Corps was late and retreated.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod if they bought additional photo permission (about 2.10 Euros)

    Opening Hours
    Wednesdays – Sundays
    11.00 -18.00
    Ticket windows shut one hour before the museum closes
    Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and the last Thursday of the month
    Tickets: Adults – 300 rubles (6.6 Euros)
    School-children, students – 150 rubles (3.3 Euros)
    Photo permission – 100 rubles (2.10 Euros)
    Video permission - 200 rubles (4.20 Euros)

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    Painting of Artillery Museum

    by Oleg_D. Updated Mar 18, 2014

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    Victor Vikentyevich Mazurovsky was Russian painter of Polish origin. To my mind he was the best of all Russian and probably World painters who used to paint cavalry combat scenes. Military Historical Museum of Artillery, Combat Engineers and Signal Corps possesses several of his canvas. Two of them are in permanent exhibition and they are the real masterpieces of military painting.
    Here you can see “Attack of Russian Cavalry against French Battery during the battle of Borodino 1812”. Borodino was the bloodiest battle from the times immemorial until WW I. Both sides, Russians and French lost one hundred thousand soldiers, NCOs, COs and Generals. Here you can see the fate of a battery without infantry support. All battery is about to be hacked down to the last man under the strike of the troopers of Life Guard Horse Regiment of Russian Imperial Horse Guards.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod if they bought additional photo permission (about 2.10 Euros)

    Opening Hours
    Wednesdays – Sundays
    11.00 -18.00
    Ticket windows shut one hour before the museum closes
    Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and the last Thursday of the month
    Tickets: Adults – 300 rubles (6.6 Euros)
    School-children, students – 150 rubles (3.3 Euros)
    Photo permission – 100 rubles (2.10 Euros)
    Video permission - 200 rubles (4.20 Euros)

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    Paintings of Artillery Museum

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 17, 2014

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    “Attack of Life Guard Horse Regiment against French cuirassiers at the battle of Fridland, June 2, 1807” is the painting of Victor Vikentyevich Mazurovsky. Mazurovsky was the best of all Russian and probably World painters who used to paint cavalry combat scenes. Military Historical Museum of Artillery possesses several of his canvas. Two of them are in permanent exhibition and they are the real masterpieces of military painting. “Attack of Life Guard Horse Regiment against French cuirassiers at the battle of Fridland, June 2, 1807” shows the real scenes from that battle then Russian army was pressed hard by French troops of Emperor Napoleon and retreated over several bridges on the other side of the Alle River. Attack of Russian Horse Guards was the typical “Forlorn Hope” or the suicide but provided Russian army chance and time to cross the river in good order and avoid the defeat. Mazurovsky was not a palace painter he showed the war in its reality.

    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod if they bought additional photo permission (about 2.10 Euros)

    Opening Hours
    Wednesdays – Sundays
    11.00 -18.00
    Ticket windows shut one hour before the museum closes
    Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and the last Thursday of the month
    Tickets: Adults – 300 rubles (6.6 Euros)
    School-children, students – 150 rubles (3.3 Euros)
    Photo permission – 100 rubles (2.10 Euros)
    Video permission - 200 rubles (4.20 Euros)

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    Artillery Museum. Armory. Hall 1.

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 12, 2013

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    Since 2006 Military Historical Museum of Artillery, Missile Troops, Combat Engineers and Signal Corps organized its own armory as the part of the Museum’s permanent exhibition.
    The central part of exhibition in the hall number one occupies equestrian group of three knights in armors produced in XVI century. Their horse armors were made by famous armorer from Nuremberg Kunz Lochner in 1552 for the horse of Duke Johan Wilhelm of Saxe-Weimar and 1556-1560 for the Elector of Saxony Johan Friedrich II.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod if they bought additional photo permission (about 2.10 Euros)

    Opening Hours
    Wednesdays – Sundays
    11.00 -18.00
    Ticket windows shut one hour before the museum closes
    Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and the last Thursday of the month
    Tickets: Adults – 300 rubles (6.6 Euros)
    School-children, students – 150 rubles (3.3 Eurois)
    Photo permission – 100 rubles (2.10 Euros)
    Video permission - 200 rubles ( 4.20 Eros)

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    Artillery Museum. Armory.

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 12, 2013

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    Since 2006 Military Historical Museum of Artillery, Missile Troops, Combat Engineers and Signal Corps organized its own armory as the part of the Museum’s permanent exhibition.
    You can see there arms and armors of XV-XVII centuries. Collection also includes executioner’s swords or swords of justice and German masks of disgrace of XVII century.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod if they bought additional photo permission (about 2.10 Euros)

    Opening Hours
    Wednesdays – Sundays
    11.00 -18.00
    Ticket windows shut one hour before the museum closes
    Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and the last Thursday of the month
    Tickets: Adults – 300 rubles (6.6 Euros)
    School-children, students – 150 rubles (3.3 Eurois)
    Photo permission – 100 rubles (2.10 Euros)
    Video permission - 200 rubles ( 4.20 Eros)

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    Artillery Museum. Armory. Hall 2.

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 12, 2013

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    Since 2006 Military Historical Museum of Artillery, Missile Troops, Combat Engineers and Signal Corps organized its own armory as the part of the Museum’s permanent exhibition. Hall number two has several full suit of armors composed out of original parts but from different armors of XV-XVII centuries produced in Holy Roman Empire (Germany) and Italy. Among them you shall be able to observe the full so-called “three quarters” cuirassier’s armor from the period of Thirty Years War of 1618-1648.
    Real masterpiece and pearl of collection displayed in the Hall number two are the parts of armor (hand and leg defenses) belonged to Russian Tsar Dmitry I who was better known as False-Dmitry. In fact he was unfrocked monk Gregory Otrepiyev who escaped to the Kingdom of Poland and Lithuania where he proclaimed himself Ivan the Terrible’s dead son Dmitry. He received some support from small number of Polish nobility and Cossacks. In 1605 he started his military campaign against Tsar Boris Godunov and invaded Russia. At last he was crowned Tsar but was killed during the revolt of citizens of Moscow. He was the person with whose name connected the period of so-called “Mutiny” or “Mutinous times» of 1605-1613. And of course you will see the wheel-lock musket belonged to False-Dmitry I.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod if they bought additional photo permission (about 2.10 Euros)
    Opening Hours
    Wednesdays – Sundays
    11.00 -18.00
    Ticket windows shut one hour before the museum closes
    Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and the last Thursday of the month
    Tickets: Adults – 300 rubles (6.6 Euros)
    School-children, students – 150 rubles (3.3 Eurois)
    Photo permission – 100 rubles (2.10 Euros)
    Video permission - 200 rubles ( 4.20 Eros)

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    Museum of Soviet arcade machines

    by Skillsbus Written Aug 12, 2013

    There are moments when you want to come back in the childhood for a short while, because there were so many interesting things that we remember cordially till now.

    From the Soviet childhood they are Soyuzmultfilm’s cartoons, Olympic Bear, planetarium, Sportloto lottery, football at the yard. They are pioneer camps at the Black Sea, horn sounds, walking-tours and songs near the campfire. They are walks with parents and friends at the Parks of Culture with ice-cream, fizzy drink and candy floss, and more—Arcade Games.

    Arcade Games were a part of childhood and youth of Soviet people. They were made at secret military factories from the seventies up to the Perestroika. Forgotten and broken down Soviet-era arcade games are now being restored for Moscow’s newest museum and now it is possible to play and feel atmosphere of the passed epoch.

    Around 20 of 37 different kinds of machines are now in working order. They operate with old Soviet 15 kopek coins, the hammer-and-sickle emblem of which itself conjures up a bygone time. Visitors can try their luck with games like “Morskoi Boi” (Sea Battle), where the player looks through a periscope and pretends to be a submarine commander, attempting to torpedo passing ships. In “Tankodrom” (Tank Training) the player tries to knock out rocket launchers and jeeps with a small plastic tank. The museum also features Soviet pinball tables, ice-hockey games for two and four players, a target shooting game called “Sniper” and early video games with titles like “Gorodki” and “Skachki” (Horse Race).
    Real gamers are welcome to play every day:
    Monday through Sunday from 11 till 8 p.m.

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    Museum of Printing

    by Skillsbus Written Jul 29, 2013

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    Located in a 19th century building on the Moika River Embankment which housed various different editorial offices, including those of Pravda, the famous Communist newspaper, for six months in 1917, the Museum of Printing has a permanent exhibition tracing the development of printing in St. Petersburg from the beginning of the 19th century to the October Revolution. Among the items on display are a wide variety of original editions and a collection of printing presses from the early 20th century. Two rooms are dedicated to a reconstruction of the Pravda offices. The museum is housed in extremely elegant premises, but the exhibitions are fairly dry. For Russian speakers, the guided tours are more interesting, and it is well worth organizing an English-speaking guide.
    Price RUB 100.00.
    Closed on Wednesdays

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    Museum of the Russian Political Police

    by Skillsbus Updated Jul 23, 2013
    Museum of the Russian Political Police

    If you fancy yourself as a James Bond or a Mata Hari, or better yet, a Kim Philby, take a trip to the Museum of the History of the Political Police in Russia. It will satisfy those espionage fantasies. Somewhat more of an archive, than a museum, it features a lot of documentary evidence and photos of famous 20th Century double agents and artefacts regarding the long history of secret and political police in Russia, from the inception of the 'Third Department' under Nicholas I, through to the Vcheka of 1918 (here you can see a mock up of Derzhinsky’s, the legendary head of the VCheka and best buddy of Lenin himself) to the Cold War era Soviet KGB. They’ve got secret cameras, books hollowed out to conceal weapons and microfilms and the weapons of choice of your friendly neighbourhood KGB agent. The collection of historical documents is fascinating if you can read Russian, there are small explanatory texts in English at the entrance to each of the three rooms.
    Open 10:00 - 17:30. Closed Sat, Sun, public holidays.
    Photography is not permitted in the museum.

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    The State Museum of the History of Religion II.

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 4, 2013

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    The first state museum of the history of religion and atheism was founded by the Soviet government in 1932 and was typical educational institution for the antireligious, anticlerical and atheistic education of the youth. That museum was situated in the Cathedral of the Icon of the Kazanian God Mother also known as the Kazanian Cathedral.
    Later museum has been transferred to the new building situated in front of the Central Post Office of Saint Petersburg. Ever since that time the museum became regular scientific institution and provides general knowledge about the main traditional religions of the World such as the Christianity with its three main branches: Orthodoxy, Catholicism and Protestantism, Islam with its main branches of Sunnism and Shiism, Buddhism and Hinduism. This is the very interesting place where you can get general knowledge about the history of those religions and their dogmas. There are a lot of artifacts in the Museum’s collections.
    Here are some of my favorite medieval West European artifacts:
    The stained-glass widows with the Swiss men-at-arm of the Burgundian war 1476-1477.

    Museum works:
    Thursday - Monday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Tuesday: 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    Museum is closed on Wednesdays.

    Visitors are allowed to take non commercial photo without flash light and tripod. Visitors just need pay for cheap additional ticket or so called photo permission.

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    The State Museum of the History of Religion.

    by Oleg_D. Updated Mar 4, 2013

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    Saint Maurice, Germany, last quarter of XV c.
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    The first state museum of the history of religion and atheism was founded by the Soviet government in 1932 and was typical educational institution for the antireligious, anticlerical and atheistic education of the youth. That museum was situated in the Cathedral of the Icon of the Kazanian God Mother also known as the Kazanian Cathedral.
    Later museum has been transferred to the new building situated in front of the Central Post Office of Saint Petersburg. Ever since that time the museum became regular scientific institution and provides general knowledge about the main traditional religions of the World such as the Christianity with its three main branches: Orthodoxy, Catholicism and Protestantism, Islam with its main branches of Sunnism and Shiism, Buddhism and Hinduism. This is the very interesting place where you can get general knowledge about the history of those religions and their dogmas. There are a lot of artifacts in the Museum’s collections.
    Here are some of my favorite medieval West European artifacts.
    Virgin Mary with baby Jesus, Pieta, Saint Maurice in splendid German Gothic armor made by the unknown German woodcarver, and stained-glass window with the Swiss man-at-arms from the times of Burgundian War 1476-1477.
    Visitors are allowed to take non commercial photo without flash light and tripod. Visitors just need pay for cheap additional ticket or so called photo permission.
    Museum works:
    Thursday - Monday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Tuesday: 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    Museum is closed on Wednesdays.

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    Museum of the Political History of Russia

    by Skillsbus Written Dec 28, 2012
    Museum of the Political History of Russia

    One part of this museum is housed in Kshesinskaya house, the former home of Matilda Kshesinsksya, a famous ballerina and the lover of Tsar Nicolas II before his marriage. The House was Bolshevik headquarters for a short period in 1917 and Lenin's office has been recreated. The huge exhibition detailing the socialist revolution and its results is particularly fascinating and overall there are more than 1000 exhibits documenting the whole of the Soviet period. Remnants of collectivization, reconstructions of houses from 1930-50, excerpts from films, posters and much more, demonstrate the struggle for survival by everyday people. There are sections devoted to GULAG prisoners with unique documents concerning dissident arrest and heartbreaking handmade items from political prisoners. All exhibitions have a lot of information in English. More informative than any history lesson we have experienced.

    Admission 100-200Rbl. Guided tours for groups (1-5 people) 700Rbl per group, (6-20people) 1300Rbl per group.

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    Museum of the History of Photography

    by Skillsbus Written Dec 28, 2012
    Museum of the History of Photography

    Situated on the Petrograd Side (opposite the Museum of the Petersburg Avant-garde), the Museum of the History of Photography was founded in 2003 to provide a comprehensive overview of photography as a technology and art form. The two large halls that make up the permanent exhibition trace the development of photography from the earliest daguerreotypes to the end of the 20th century. Exhibits include a wide range of antique cameras and developing equipment, as well as historic images illustrating each stage of innovation.

    The museum's galleries are used to house often fascinating temporary exhibitions featuring photographers from throughout the world (and from the past), with the emphasis mostly on the technical and socio-documentary aspects of photography.

    Open: Daily from 1pm to 5pm
    Closed: Sundays and Mondays. Closed in July and August.

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    Grand Layout Russia

    by Skillsbus Updated Dec 28, 2012
    Grand Maket Russia
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    Modern man - a man traveling. But unlike the travelers of the past, he has the opportunity not only to quickly move your physical body to different parts of the earth, but also the most "moving" the world before our eyes, for example, by using the control panel and the monitor: structure, change, select, delete to copy. Through TV and the Internet a person enters into a completely new relationship with the space-time, are not fully aware of the global significance of these changes.

    "Grand Layout" largely grew out of this sense of the new reality. Geographical space of Russia, not mechanically copied here in the proportions specified scale, and creatively re-established as a "dynamic model of everyday life" - which are the building blocks of the train, car, bus, architecture, landscape, construction machinery, infrastructure elements, figures of people and animals. Historic sites in this context are secondary. For children and adults should not be a mock lesson or didactic lecture - "Know and love their country." Familiarity with the layout must be transformed into an exciting game, during which revealed her great educational potential. At the same time, the construction of a multi-dimensional, the collective image of Russia will help to overcome the fragmentation of the Russian perception of the space and its various components.

    In a sense, represents the model of Russia as a "country of imagination." It is possible to think of something, to change, add, imagine. These are the "reconstruction of the possible". But at the same time - this is not a fictional country, and the country where we live. In everyday life, the image of Russia for all of us - a way of "small country", a specific city, village or neighborhood. Our spatial perception expands during the physical or virtual travel. But our experiences are fragmentary and subjective in any case - whether we choose the object of observation point inspection by yourself or someone else offers us. Something to remember, something to forget, for something you do not pay attention at all. So in our minds the image of a. Recall that the word literally means - "reproduction of the object, information about it or its description, structurally similar, but not identical with it." Layout author tried to create a composite image of Russia, but the image is primarily solid. Town, village, recreation areas, factories, ports, forests, tundra, rivers, mountains are connected in a single system and demonstrate the interrelationship of all regions of the vast country. It should be noted that the "Grand Model" - a model not only for Russia as it is in the present, but also in Russia, what we want to see in the future. Russia "Grand Layout" - country running, which is based, dynamic and modern. Therefore, combining the unique layout of some Russian regions and universals of world civilization. At the same time, with the symbolic images on the layout are such fundamental values ​​as a vital tradition, cultural heritage and historical memory. What is built into us from childhood and not always rationally understood. Help "decode" the visual images helps audio guide for layout or album-Guide.

    A factor which the total image of the country is the railway, which covers the whole of the layout. Connected with it a sense of the vastness and diversity of the territory of our country. Therefore the railway track runs on the model, even where in reality it is not yet planned, particularly in the Far North. Branching of the railway network is also not true. But this model of the "Iron Road" - desired, expected, anticipated by the author. Layout - the playing field potential of Russia.

    What elements make for Dummies viziotip Russian "picture of the world"? Under viziotipom in this case is the possibility of using the conditional-recognizable objects to give visibility to the generalized idea. This generalized idea is, for example, the expression - "our country" and "our homeland." The first entry in this series - a huge space. Russia - a continent. This effect of "continental" is created by the integrity of the layout, the field of which is not divided into segments, and is a single interconnected system. By the way, circuit prototyping area with a certain degree of conditionality is generally consistent geographic contours of Russia, "pull" from west to east. Tie into a whole lot of acting, working incredibly complex task details. And technical complexity of the layout, in turn, represents the complexity of the body of the Russian Federation, including different climates, landscapes, ethnic groups, types of farming, raznoudalennye from the regions, cultural traditions, and more.

    Visual tops, that is platitudes, Russian landscape are great rivers, the mountains of the Caucasus and the Urals, the taiga, tundra, the Arctic Ocean to the Pacific Maritime, the Baltic, the two capitals - Moscow and St. Petersburg, a Russian province, the natural resources. All this, one way or another, it is fixed in the layout. Connected to a single shaped series. In this case, the term "anchor" component inevitably stand out from a variety of administrative, economic, natural and social geography of the country. These components are made up of several different, different from the actual consistency, more, so to speak, "concentrated". Such a method is needed to create a bright, catchy, deep sense of "image." Thus, the "landmark" Space Layout Northern Capital smoothly "flows" to Moscow. Indeed, in our minds these symbolic terms "travel from St. Petersburg to Moscow" are obvious, and the distance is irrelevant. To Moscow "neighborhood" Southern resorts. Although the Russian Black Sea coast, a piece of greatly reduced, the trip "to the south and" remained in the national mentality, as a symbol of rest, "drive", freedom. South - a "nodal point" where streams merge "rest" from all corners of our country, on the communicative richness it is almost equivalent to Moscow. "In the South" and "Moscow" - a metaphor dream place of wish fulfillment for the people of our country. In the historical memory of the people of Russia stand out most Ural and Caucasus mountains - "knots", intertwining fates many ethnic groups, cultures, and traditions that define a particular "vector" of the Russian state. The images of these ridges is "hold" the entire structure of the mock space. Of all the rivers recognizable, although generalized, the features are given to only one river - the Volga. Again, because of its "key" value for the formation of the historical fate of the State. Reconstruction of a large reservoir in a sector of the Layout is associated with the Lake Baikal. This is a unique planetary reservoir of fresh water, the possession of which gives Russia significant geopolitical advantages. Great share on the layout in the Arctic zone - with the region associated with the fundamental outlook of the country as one of the leading world powers. Made a peculiar accent and Far East. And not only because of its huge strategic importance. The way life is represented in the Pacific east of the Russian Federation, the European convincingly demonstrates "image" of the country. Far Eastern city of Vladivostok, led by - is the most eastern European cities in Eurasia, the gates of the West to the Pacific Ocean. Looked at from this point of view, Russia is geographically the eastern periphery of Europe, and Europe - the western part of the great European cultural space "from Dublin to Vladivostok." In the opposite wing Layout considerable space is devoted to the Kaliningrad enclave - the European "goal" of the state, a city with a European emphasis "face".

    Much attention is paid to the author of the project of reconstruction of the usual level of material culture, which, though not obvious, but is a "background" of cultural identity. So, on the layout there were "typical" architectural objects - standard schools and residential areas of the Soviet period, urbanization, still make up a significant part of Russia's urban landscape with its subculture "borderlands."

    It's no secret that different views about the way Russia is constructed different scenarios for the future development of the country. The visual image of Russia "Grand Layout" identifies it as part of the European cultural space. The perception of Russia as an equal part of Europe, first by the Russians, should contribute to the creation of an adequate image of the country, the formation of its positive image. In this sense, the "Grand Layout Russia" - one of the most patriotic brand Russian Federation today. I would like to point out that the very conception of the project and its realization - an example of true patriotism which puts service above the lofty idea of ​​immediate material interests.

    In addition, the process of creating the "Grand Layout" marked a clear priority to any innovation model - relying on human intelligence, without which the highest technology dead. Layout team of employees, where the realization of dreams together several generations, representing "in miniature" whole inexhaustible intellectual potential of Russia.

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