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Astrakhan is one of the oldest cities in Russia, located in the delta of the Great Russian River Volga. Now it is an important administrative center and commercial port, which is often called the "Volga Venice". From the banks of the Volga, you have a wonderful view of the ancient Kremlin and the city quarters, which are touched by their exquisite antiquity. Initially, Astrakhan had nothing to do with Russia. On these lands the Khazar Khaganate, after the Golden Horde, first settled, and in the 15th century a powerful Astrakhan khanate was established, ruled by the Tatar-Mongols.
Astrakhan is a city with ancient culinary traditions, in which European conservatism and eastern generosity are combined. Here for centuries Russians and Tatars lived, as well as many other … Open
Ivan the Terrible managed to conquer the Astrakhan Khanate and annex it to the territory of the Moscow kingdom. It was then that here, on the Hare Hill, the fortress was built, which became the beginning of a new city, the outpost of the southern borders of the future Russia. The role of Astrakhan in the history of the Russian state is difficult to overestimate. The city is unique in its location: it seems to be at the junction of different cultures and even civilizations.
It was this city that became the center of cultural and trade ties of the European part of Russia with the North Caucasus and the East. Now Astrakhan is a multiethnic and multi religious city, inhabited by representatives of more than one hundred different nationalities and cultures. 14 different denominations are represented in Astrakhan, which makes the city even more interesting and unique. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
An ancient city with a well-developed tourist infrastructure will amaze its guests with a variety of historical and architectural monuments. One of the main historical symbols of Astrakhan … Open
Initially, Astrakhan was a merchant city, because it was located at the intersection of trade routes. This is evidenced by the mass of preserved monuments of antiquity, which tells of the most interesting history of the great city. Astrakhan is located in the delta of the Volga, at the intersection of a huge number of ducts and river branches. For this reason, a lot of bridges are built in the city, which makes its image incredibly attractive and similar to the beautiful Venice.
The climate in the city is continental, so the winter here is quite cold and snowy, but there are winter and warming periods. Summer in Astrakhan is quite hot, especially in July. In spring and autumn the weather is just fine - warm, but clear days sometimes alternate with cloudy. Romantic and incredibly beautiful "Russian Venice" in the eyes of modern tourists looks simply irresistible. This is a nice city, whose dignity is sure to be appreciated by fans of cultural tourism and hiking.
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Sightseeing in Russia: things to see

The city of Saint Petersburg remains the cultural capital of Russia. Nearly every street in this city is an important historic and architectural place of interest. Travelers are recommended to visit Peterhof, a famous series of palaces and gardens, which is located not far away from the center of the city. Peterhof was built by initiative and under control of Russian tsar Peter the Great. Nowadays, the palace exhibits numerous historic documents, plans and drafts. The Smolny Cathedral is one more famous attraction of the city that is also recommended to visit. The beautiful cathedral is made in best traditions of baroque style. Its height is 94 metres; its halls and the facade are decorated with gilding, and blue walls of the cathedral feature skillfully made fretwork. Inner premises of the Smolny are no less beautiful and amaze visitors with stunning frescoes and carvings. … Open
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