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Russia Things to Do

  • Kremlin

    Moscow Things to Do

    The Moscow Kremlin (Russian: Моско́вский Кремль, read Moskovskiy Kreml) or simply the Kremlin is a historic complex at the heart of Moscow from witch the modern city develops trough century. This complex is framed by the Moskva River (on south),...

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  • Hermitage

    Saint Petersburg Things to Do

    The Military Gallery of 1812 was created by Carlo Rossi in 1826 in commemoration of Russian Imperial Army participation in the Napoleonic Wars. The Gallery is divided by doubled columns into three sections; the middle section forms the threshold to the St George Hall (the throne room), and is lit by skylights in the painted vaults. 332 portraits...

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  • Mamayev Kurgan

    Volgograd Things to Do

    Visiting the WWII memorial complex is a must in Volgograd. The complex is called To the Heroes of the Stalingrad Battle and it is well-known all over FSU countries as Mamayev Kurgan. It attracts lots of Russian and foreign visitors. As Hedrick Smith wrote in his book "The Russians" in 1976, it's "the towering World War II monument, a 160-foot...

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  • KGB Headquarters Lubyanka

    Moscow Things to Do

    Back in 1979 I was on a student tour in the Soviet Union (as it was called) While in Moscow I walked around the KBG headquarters to see what it was all about. There was a basement window with steel bars. It was bare except for some metal cups and eating utensils. In the next room were crew-cut young men in white shirts and black neckties sitting at...

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  • Cathedrals and Churches

    Saint Petersburg Things to Do

    So today was a pretty cool day! We cashed in on the free breakfast at the hotel. No money made on us here! Church of the Spilled Blood Then we made our way to the Church on Spilled Blood. We only wore Tshirts because we didn't think it was very cold, and it wasn't, as long as we were moving. All the Russians wore big coats and jackets. We were...

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  • The Panorama and Mill

    Volgograd Things to Do

    Beside the Stalingrad museum in Volgograd is a red brick building full of bullet holes. This is the only (to my knowledge) remaining building from the former Stalingrad. Yakov Fedotovich Pavlov is credited with holding this building against the Nazis for an amazing length of time, and against all odds. He is one of the most famous heroes of the...

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  • Red Square - Saint Basil Cathedral

    Moscow Things to Do

    The famous Cathedral of St. Basil the Blessed (Russian: Собор Василия Блаженного) has two official name by Russian Orthodox church: The Cathedral of the Protection of Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat (Russian:...

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  • St.Peter and St.Paul's Fortress

    Saint Petersburg Things to Do

    This photo was taken whilst on a evening cruise along the Neva River and canals. A good method of obtaining an uninterupted view of many of the important buildings, palaces a historical points of St Petersburg.

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  • Red Square

    Moscow Things to Do

    If you come to Moscow for just one day, make sure it is not Thursday. The Kremlin is closed on Thursdays, and not being inside is the same as missing London’s Tower or Louvre in Paris. Morning: The Kremlin Depending on your time and energy (money, too), it may come with or without the Armoury (about 2 hours and about $20). I suggest you go there...

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  • Rivers and Canals

    Saint Petersburg Things to Do

    These people looked like they were enjoying being riverside early evening. From our river cruise it looked cool and 30 minutes later we were forced to go inside due to the chill. I guess summer temperature varies depending how close your home is to the Equator.

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  • Red Square - Lenin Mausoleum

    Moscow Things to Do

    In Red Square in Moscow (Arch. A.V.Shchusev) is the tomb of V.I.Lenin, and is one of the masterpieces of the Soviet architechture. The first (temporary, wooden) building was opened Jan. 27 1924, near the Senate Tower of the Kremlin in Red Square. Two months later the temporary wooden Mausoleum was closed, and the construction of the new wooden...

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  • Palaces

    Saint Petersburg Things to Do

    The Yusupov Palace, once owned by the very wealthy & powerful Yusupov family, is probably most well known as the setting of the death of the mysterious Grigory Rasputin on the night of December 17, 1916. The peasant-monk Rasputin reportedly had a trance-like attraction & healing powers. He was able to stop the suffering of Tzar Nicholas'...

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  • Arbat Street

    Moscow Things to Do

    Good news: The widely known – in narrow circles – Melnikov House will soon become a museum. Err… ‘Soon’ is a very vague notion in Russian, it may be tomorrow, it may be next century. Hopefully the authorities will hurry, as this symbol of the 1920s experimental art is currently not in a very good shape. Indeed, it’s a miracle it had survived,...

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  • Monuments

    Saint Petersburg Things to Do

    Moscow Triumphal Gate or “Moskovskiye Triumfalniye Vorota” was built in 1838 according to project of famous Russian architect Vasiliy Petrovich Stasov. It took place during the rule of the Emperor Nicholas I who had the nicknames Emperor the Soldier or just Father the Commander. That’s why it was the time when the youth born in the noble families...

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  • Vorobievy Hills

    Moscow Things to Do

    Sparrow Hills (Russian: Воробьёвы го́ры, read: Vorobyovy Gory) is a hill on the right bank of the Moskva River. My group and I visit this hill on our first organized tour trough city. This is one of highest points in Moscow, reaching a height of 220 m (720 ft), or...

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  • Museums

    Saint Petersburg Things to Do

    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...

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  • Cathedral of Christ the Redeemer

    Moscow Things to Do

    The last time that I visited the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour was in the year 2007. It is very centrically located, almost next door to the Kremlin. I crossed on foot the Patriarch Bridge and entered the Cathedral. Religious fervor in Russia is great. All the women, without exception, covered their heads with a handkerchief. In Spain, for...

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  • Theaters and Concert Halls

    Saint Petersburg Things to Do

    We had the choice of 2 theatre performances, The Cossack Dancers or the Russian Ballet. I chose the Cossack Dancers to my wife's disappointment, but after seeing this wonderful performance she was extremely happy. Well worth the money!

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  • Tverskaya Street

    Moscow Things to Do

    Tverskaya Street is probably one of the busiest streets in Moscow. It begins from Red Square north to Leningrad Prospect. Where we stayed, hotel Marriot Moscow Grand is located on this busy road. From our hotel only takes 15 minutes casual walking along Tverskaya Street to Red Square. We didn’t notice pedestrian crossing on the busy road, to...

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  • St.Isaac's Cathedral

    Saint Petersburg Things to Do

    Church of St Isaac back to the hotel for the jackets and hit refresh, then on to The Church of St. Isaac. This church was big gilded, columned and also very impressive and was known as a symbol of the revolution and working class Russia. it made impressive use of emphasing space while maintaining impressive presense. Very decorative with major use...

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  • Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

    Moscow Things to Do

    The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Russian: Могила Неизвестного Солдата, read: Mogila Neizvestnova Soldata) is a war memorial, dedicated to the Soviet soldiers killed during WWII. It is located at the...

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  • Parks and Squares

    Saint Petersburg Things to Do

    The Summer Garden - a park with beautiful fountains - excellent for a stroll to get some peace and quiet after running around the streets in Saint Petersburg. The summer garden occupies an island between the Fontanka, Moika and the Swan Canal. Inside the summer garden there is a little café where you can sit down and have an ice-cream, a pastry...

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  • Metro

    Moscow Things to Do

    Excellent underground transportation system, modern efficient trains and spotless stations that resemble art galleries. Tickets cover journeys made, can change lines but only counts as one journey once you leave a station totally.

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  • City Environs

    Saint Petersburg Things to Do

    We went on a full-day tour with Eclectica excursions from Nevsky Prospekt to Veliky Novgorod (Novgorod the Great), situated 180 km from Saint Petersburg. A very complete tour: we left Saint Petersburg at 8 AM and returned at 8 PM. We saw the monastery, the wooden houses and had around 2 hours to walk around on our own in the centre of Novgorod....

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  • VDNKh Exhibition

    Moscow Things to Do

    At first this statue became for an exhibition in Paris.1937 . The idea to crown the Soviet pavilion of the World Parisian exhibition of pavilion monument « Worker and Farmer», executed of metal, belongs to architect B.M.Iofanu. V.I.Muhina is sculptor of this monument. When the exhibition was closed, in France there was a desire to leave a monument...

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  • Nevsky Avenue

    Saint Petersburg Things to Do

    This building bears a blue and white stencilled warning which reads: ‘Citizens: during artillery bombing this side of the street is most dangerous.’ There are similar plaques around the city, like one on the Anichkov Bridge which says that this missing piece of granite is one of many scars left behind from shelling that took place during Siege of...

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  • Bolshoi Theatre

    Moscow Things to Do

    Good news – now you can watch Bolshoi on scree.. If you happen to be in Moscow, you can catch the show in several Moscow cinemas - 'Formula Kino' chain, all centrally located: Evropa at Kiev railway station square, 2 Gorisont at Komsomolsky prospekt, 21/10 City at Presnenskaya quay, 2 Starting 7 p.m. – a good budget substitution for the grand...

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  • Other Attractions

    Saint Petersburg Things to Do

    Aurora, the magnificent museum and historical symbol of Russian Navy daily visited by many tourists. Inside the ship is a rich collection of documents, photos, art work, military artifact as well permanent exhibit of presentation of everyday life of mariners. So, there was a navy collectibles and others memorabilia related to Russian Navy. And it...

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  • Boat Trips

    Moscow Things to Do

    Bogdan Khmelnitsky Bridge is the steel arch foot bridge through the Moskva River in Moscow. On this site from 1905 till 1907 was built bridge whose serve as railroad bridge for the Little Ring of the Moscow Railway. Authors was engineer Lavr Proskuryakov and architect Alexander Pomerantsev. In that period the bridge was call Krasnolushskyi...

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  • Admiralty

    Saint Petersburg Things to Do

    Today Admiralty building was constructed to Andreyan Zakharov between 1806 and 1823. Located at the western end of the Nevsky Prospekt, The Admiralty with its gilded spire topped by a golden weather-vane in the shape of a small sail warship (Korablik), is one of the city's most conspicuous landmarks and the focal point of old St. Petersburg's three...

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  • Red Square - G.U.M. - Gosudarstevemy...

    Moscow Things to Do

    GUM (Russian: ГУМ, is abbreviation of the Russian: Главный универсальный магазин, read: Glavnyi Universalnyi Magazin, with meaning "main universal store") is the name of...

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  • Bridges

    Saint Petersburg Things to Do

    This is the pavilion of operating the drawing gear of Ekateringofsky draw-bridge. It was built in 1910-1917, 1950 – 1953 by the architects A. Pshenitsky, D. Akimov-Perets. The length of the bridge is 66,8 m, the width 23,3 m. It’s situated between Rizhsky prospect and Gapsal’skaya Ul. From 1911 till 1930 the bridge had a name of Rizhsky. It’s the...

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  • Red Square - Resurrection Gate

    Moscow Things to Do

    The current Resurrection Gate and chapel are replicas that were built in the 1990s. The icon of the Iverskaya Virgin, like the icon of the Kazan Virgin, was very honored in Moscow. There is a legend that during the time of the iconoclasts, the icon was pierced in the cheek by a lance and suddenly it started bleeding . This bleeding wound remained...

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  • Czar's Village

    Saint Petersburg Things to Do

    We went on a nice half-day Pushkin -trip with Eclectica excursions from Nevsky Prospekt to visit The Catherine palace located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo. Tsarskoye Selo is situated 25 km south-east of Saint Petersburg. It was very practical to take an organized trip because we were taken exactly were we wanted, and we were even able to see the...

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  • Gorky Park

    Moscow Things to Do

    Gorky Park was name after Maxim Gorky, an author, the founder of Soviet Realism which was the officially approved type of art in the Soviet Union for approximately sixty years) and political activist. The park or leaisure factory as parks were known as in Soviet times) stretches along the Moskva River and sprawls itself over 300 acres. It was...

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  • Kremlin - Assumption Cathedral

    Moscow Things to Do

    The Cathedral of the Assumption was built 1475 - 9 by Italian architect Aristotele Fioravanti. It was and is one of the most important churches in Moscow. Princes were crowned here and almost all of the leaders of the Russian orthodox church are buried here.

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  • Kremlin - Tsar Bell

    Moscow Things to Do

    The enormous Tsar Bell is an impressive 6.14 meters in height, 6.6 meters in diameter and weighs some 200 tons, making it the largest bell in the world. The bell's bronze surface is decorated with relief depictions of Tsar Alexei and Empress Anna, who decreed the casting of the first Tsar Bell as well as the one on display today. The first version...

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  • Kremlin - Tsar Cannon

    Moscow Things to Do

    The Tsar Cannon is an interesting specimen of 16-th century foundry work. It was cast of bronze in 1586 by the Russian master Andrei Shchokhov. It weighs nearly 40 tons and has a barrel 5.34 m (17 ft) long and a bore of 890 mm (35 in). This is the largest bore of any cannon in the world. Its ornate carriage and the cannon balls lined up near it...

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  • Novodevichyi Convent

    Moscow Things to Do

    The first time that I visited the Novodevichi Monastir (Nuns Convent) was in the year 1981, in USSR times, together with a group of Spanish tourists, because individual travel in Soviet Union was forbidden. In the touristic program was included a visit to the monastery and what I remember most was the fine collection of icons. I had the opportunity...

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  • Marshall Zhukov Statue

    Moscow Things to Do

    Equestrian statue of Marshal Georgy Zhukov at the Manege Square was made by Vyacheslav Klykov in 1995. It is located right outside the entrance to the Red Square. Zhukov was one of the most brilliant Soviet military commanders. He was one of many Russian historic controversy. I heard and read that many historicist considerate him to be just as...

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  • Ostankino TV Tower

    Moscow Things to Do

    Metro station - VDNH Tikcet - for students and kids - 300 RUB, for adults - 650 RUB. Saturday, Sunday - 800 RUB. You need to book a suitable time for you on their webpage. You should go 1 houre before excursion. You can take only mobile phone and photo camera with you, passpost of course. Excursion lasts about 1 - 1,5 houre. You will go up using...

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  • Red Square - Pokrovskiy Cathedral

    Moscow Things to Do

    In 1812, the French army stabled their horses in St.Basil's Cathedral. Before leaving Moscow, Napoleon ordered it to be blown up, but cold, hunger and fear of sabotage by the people of Moscow prevented the order from being carried out.

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  • Tretyakov Gallery

    Moscow Things to Do

    The State Tretyakov Gallery (Russian: Государственная Третьяковская Галерея, read: Gosudarstvennaya Tretyâkovskaya Galerey) is famous art...

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  • Vysotki - Seven Sisters

    Moscow Things to Do

    Stalin did build seven other skyscrapers however, allegedly inspired by the Municipal Building in New York. They form a series of huge, cathedral-like structures with intricate exteriors and are given various labels: 'The Seven Sisters', 'Stalinist Gothic', 'wedding cake architecture' and so on.

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  • Kolomenskoe Estate

    Moscow Things to Do

    Kolomenskoye (Russian: Коло́менское) is a former royal estate situated several miles to the south-east of Moscow downtown, on the ancient road leading to the town of Kolomna (hence the name). The scenic area which overlooks the steep banks of the Moskva River became a part of...

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