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Welcome to moscow! Moscow is a city of tremendous power and energy. Hulking gothic towers loom over broad avenues that form a sprawling web around the Kremlin and course with traffic day and night. The Soviet past looms large, but the city embraces capitalism with gusto.
St. Petersburg - Russia's great northern capital. Many fans of travel, both Russian and foreign, dream of visiting Russia's great northern capital. Founded by Peter I in 1703, the city was always intended to be great, but the modern St. Petersburg has outgrown its old boundaries manyfold.
No matter how many times you walk on the uneven cobblestones of Red Square, the view is awe-inspiring and the experience monumental. Stand in the center and let your mind wander as centuries of Russian history unfold in the architecture. Tsars were crowned and traitors beheaded just outside of St. Basil’s Cathedral’s colorful domes. Soviet tanks once rolled ceremoniously across as Stalin surveyed from the sidelines, and Lenin’s mausoleum is still guarded by stern-faced soldiers.
THE KREMLIN AND ARMORY CHAMBER
The first walls of the Kremlin were erected more than 850 years ago and continue to symbolize Russian power today. Don’t miss the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Alexander Gardens, a popular place for newlyweds to have their first photo taken. The Armory Chamber is the jewel of the Kremlin and contains one of the richest collections of silver, gold, diamonds, and Faberge eggs in the country. Several halls display more than 4,000 artifacts dating back to the 12th century, including diamond-encrusted coronation thrones and extravagant Russian armor.
Moscow’s oldest—and most famous—theater recently reopened after a complete renovation that took six years. Watching a ballet performance of a Russian classic, such as Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, on the main stage is unforgettable.
Wander through the rooms of Old Tretyakov’s extraordinary collection of famous Russian icons, landscapes, and portraits housed in an early-20th-century building that feels more like a castle. The museum boasts one of the largest and most renowned collections of work from the prerevolutionary Russian realists known as the Wanderers.
After a recent renovation, this “Park of Culture” has once again become a very popular spot for Muscovites. The dilapidated Soviet buildings and Ferris wheel have been torn down and replaced with modern art galleries, cafes, and playgrounds. Young and old will find plenty to do here, from simply strolling around the vast green space to renting paddleboats, bicycles, or rollerblades. There are concerts and art shows in the summer, and snowboarding and ice skating in the winter.
If the imposing marble exterior of this Soviet-era iconic structure doesn’t intimate you, the soldiers standing guard inside might. The stern guards are there to watch over Vladimir Lenin’s embalmed body and ensure visitors maintain a respectful silence around the former leader of the Russian Revolution. Gigglers will be scolded. While admittedly morbid, the experience of seeing one of modern history’s most noteworthy figures is certainly a can’t-miss Moscow sight.
PUSHKIN MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
Opened in 1912, the museum holds Moscow’s largest collection of European art. Broken up into several wings, it contains both rotating and permanent collections of fine art and archeological treasures from Central Asia to Europe. The private collections wing has some outstanding art collected over the years by prominent Russian collectors.
Welcome to Russia!
Welcome to Russia — a great country, stretching for thousands of kilometers, covering 11 time zones and 2 parts of the world.
Russia unite in himself the practicality of the West and mystery of the East. Russia is a huge country covering a large part of Eurasia.
In the East Russia is washed by the Japan, Okhotsk and Bering seas and the Bering Strait to the North — the Barents, Kara, Chukchi and East Siberian seas, Laptev sea, on the West by the Baltic sea and the Gulf of Finland, in the South — the Black and Azov seas. On land Russia borders with many countries. The area of Russia is 17 075 200 km2, of which 16 995 800 km2 is land and 79 400 km2 — water.
Russia is the largest country in the world. In Russia live 145 million people.
They represent more than 100 nationalities with their own languages. In Russia a lot of monuments of architecture, culture, ancient history, which are always of interest to foreign tourists. Russia has always been friendly and hospitality for visitors to the country. The company SANTOUR invites friends to open a new direction - holidays in Russia.
Russia is a country with a unique nature, culture and history. These 10 different routes prepared by experienced travel writers will help you learn more about this fascinating country, and, more than that, as you move toward your destination you will get to know yourself better and understand just what you are capable of. Recently Russia has been actively developing “independent” tourism, familiar to residents of the West as adventure tourism. The reference information that accompanies all the routes will help you plan your trip. You have to admit that it is most interesting to ponder the contradictions and symbiosis of western and eastern cultures with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia. Go to the Urals, which separates the two continents. On Mount Elbrus in the Caucasus, the highest point in Europe, you will surpass yourself at mountain climbing and never look at the bustling metropolis the same way again. Among the volcanoes and the Valley of Geysers in Kamchatka you will be able to feel the force of tectonic processes that shaped our planet millions of years ago. The castles of the Kaliningrad region will immerse you in the lives of medieval knights, and on the steppes of Khakassia and Tuva you can travel with the nomads and participate in shamanic rituals. Karelia will surprise you with masterpieces of Russian wooden architecture, and the beautiful churches of the Nilo-Stolobensky monastery will fi ll you with peace. St. Petersburg has once again proved that not for nothing is it known as the cultural capital of not only Russia but Europe as well. Follow our routes, and without even trying you will refute the conventional saying that there is no life outside Moscow. We wish you enjoyable and rewarding trips!
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Moscow. Cosmopolitan in flavor, Russia’s capital exudes prosperity and vigor. From Stalin’s carved-marble metro stations to the sprawl of modern business complexes, Moscow flaunts its ambition with a penchant for going over the top. It’s an all-night-party town whose days offer endless opportunities for those who can keep up. A merchant capital by birth, Moscow was fashioned for big spenders, and money has always made the wheels go ‘round here. Now counted as one of the world’s most expensive cities, the only possible limit is the size of your wallet.
Moscow Environs and the Golden Ring. In the 12th to 14th centuries, the Golden Ring cities were the most important political, religious, and commercial centers in Russia before Moscow usurped all power. Nowadays these ancient enclaves are perfect destinations for rolling back the centuries. A visit to their medieval convents, ancient trade chambers, and kremlins is like stepping into a living encyclopedia of Russian culture, complete with picture-postcard views of onion-domed churches set on the banks of the Volga River.
St. Petersburg. Serenity and reflection reign in this city. Tsars don’t rush—it would be undignified. St. Petersburg was founded as the new capital of the Russian Empire in 1703 by Peter the Great and still carries itself with austere regal grace. The city built on the marshy banks of the Neva River today attracts more tourists than anywhere else in Russia. A brilliant fusion created by Italian and French architects, St. Petersburg invites comparisons with Amsterdam, Venice, and Stockholm. The big attractions here are the pastimes of the nobility—artwork, classical concerts, ballet, and idyllic promenading in the 19th-century landscape.
Summer Palaces and Historic Islands. Several of St. Petersburg’s imperial summer residences have been meticulously restored to their original splendor, and the sheer opulence is stunning. Peterhof’s (Petrodvorets) park is Russia’s answer to Versailles, while Catherine’s Palace at Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) houses the legendary Amber Room. Lomonosov (Oranienbaum), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Konstantine Palace have both undergone restoration and are great places for a summer stroll or picnic. The islands of Kronshtadt and Vallam showcase another side of the city’s history.