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Russia sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

Russia is a wonderful place to try different types of tourism. In this country you find wonderful beach resorts, ancient cities with rich historic heritage and magnificent nature parks.
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We should start from describing the most famous places of interest of the capital. Kremlin is the main symbol of the city and an internationally famous attraction. This is a very important historic and architectural landmark, and every building on its territory is a new page in the history of the country. The Red Square is located in front of the eastern wall of the complex. During several centuries the square was a witness to many important historic events. The Red Square was constructed on the site of numerous wooden houses, which made the threat of fire very real and, therefore, their presence was inacceptable near the royal residence. Nowadays, there are many exhibition halls, museums, parks and churches near the Red Square and the Kremlin complex.
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. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The most famous resort destinations in Russia are Sochi, Anapa and Adler. These cities are also rich in numerous historic buildings and modern entertainment centers. Travelers are recommended to visit the dolphinarium, which is open in Adler. Here visitors will be able to see entertainment performances and shows. Besides dolphins, the shows feature seals and visitors can see a true king of the sea - a giant white whale. The tomb of Hercules remains the most unusual landmark of Anapa. It was discovered during archaeological excavations in 1975. The tomb belonged to Gorgippia, a noble family. It's more than 1500 years old and got such an unusual name because of beautiful drawings that feature scenes from myths about Hercules.

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The most famous and most popular tourist route in Russia is the Golden Ring. This route covers a range of beautiful historical cities, each of which attracts with its historical sites. Sergiyev Posad is famous for its religious attractions. Pereslavl-Zalessky will impress you with its historical architecture and breathtaking landscapes. In Kostroma, travelers can visit many interesting museums. The entire territory of historical city Suzdal is considered as a museum in the open air at all.
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Fans of beach recreation often visit the resorts of Krasnodar Krai and, on the contrary, many people prefer the beaches of the Crimean Peninsula. Beach resorts located on the Black Sea coast have another interesting feature - upscale treatment centers. The region is notable for its healing climate. There are healing mineral springs and unique liman lakes. In Crimea, there are famous mud-cure resorts, some of which were formed in the 19th century. Vacationing here is interesting and comfortable for everyone who used to combine its favorite entertainments and care for the health.
In Russia, there are also excellent ski resorts. The best region for fans of active recreation and winter entertainments is the Urals. There are such famous ski centers, as Abzakovo and Bannoye. Picturesque ski areas are visited by tourists not only in winter, but also in the warm season. In summer, fans of hiking tours like vacationing here. The Urals are notable for their amazing nature attractions. Besides, the Urals are climbers’ favorite place for recreation.
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A very few foreign guests visit the Far East region of Russia but it is not less interesting because of this. This region is very far from the capital. Its main value is enchanting national parks. The main city of the region is Vladivostok that will impress you with various historical and architectural attractions. Nature admirers have an opportunity to visit national parks of the Kamchatka Peninsula, reach beautiful desert islands and admire magnificent volcanoes. The Far East region will impress gourmets too, as they can taste the rarest seafood delicacies here.
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Map of all parks
National and city parks of Russia
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♥   National Park 'Bashkiria' . On the map   Photos
♥   Forest Park 'Buzulukskiy bor' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Chavash Varmane' . On the map   Photos
♥   Nature Park 'Juzhno-Kamchatskiy' . On the map   Photos
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Castles of Russia
♥   Castle 'Donskoy Monastery' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Ferapontov Monastery' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Gdov Kremlin' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Goritsky Monastery' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Ipatiev Monastery' . On the map   Photos
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Palaces in Russia
♥   Palace 'Catherine Palace' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Constantine Palace' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Gatchina Palace' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Grand Kremlin Palace' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Kolomenskoye palace' . On the map   Photos

Famous and uniques places in Russia from our review series

Kul Sharif Mosque

From the series “Top Largest and Famous Mosques Worldwide”
One of the main sightseeing in Kazan is Kul Sharif Mosque. It is situated on the territory of Kazan Kremlin and is known all over the world thanks to its unique architectural style. The main mosque of Tatarstan has a number of interesting facts. According to the historical data, until 1552 right here was the main mosque of Kazan Khanate. When Kazan was defeated by the troops of Ivan Grozny, the city was fully destroyed.

In 1996 right at this significant place was built a new mosque. In June 2005 there was an opening ceremony. This mosque capacity is 1 500 people but the square can have up to 10 000 people. This is a real Muslim scarify place that's why it is closed for tourists. They can see the mosque only from two special balconies. Every element of decoration is very valuable. Masters … Read all

Saint Andrews Cathedral

From the series “The Most Elegant Buildings of Baroque Architecture”
Saint Andrews Cathedral is the oldest Baroque building in Saint-Petersburg. It has appeared at the beginning of the 18th century by the order of Peter the Great. However, the beautiful wooden church didn’t stay there for a long time. In 1761 the cathedral was struck by lightning and burnt to the ground together with the great decorations and religious, given by the royalty.

The church was fully reconstructed only in 1780. Its decoration was rather modest according to the previous. The main peculiarity of the church is the great pastel pink colours. Earlier there you could see a lot of unique values but after the revolution, all were taken from the cathedral.

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Anichkov Palace

From the series “The Most Elegant Buildings of Baroque Architecture”
In Saint-Petersburg, you can see a lot of marvellous imperial palaces. One of the most beautiful and significant is the Anichkov Palace. This building is the oldest on Nevsky Avenue. It was placed near the Anichkov Bridge which is also a popular sightseeing in the city. In 1741, Elizabeth Petrovna, the daughter of Peter I, ordered Mikhail Zemtsov to build this great palace.

The palace has seen a lot of outstanding people in its walls. At first, Elisabeth presented it to Aleksey Razumovsky, later the palace was bought by the Empress Catherine the Great. At the end of the 18th century, the building was reconstructed and a number of the unique decorative elements were lost. The Anichkov Palace was the former imperial palace until the revolution. After the revolution, there was opened the … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of Russia

Saint Petersburg
An interesting landmark is the Peter I Lodge built in the 18th century. It became the first residential building on the territory of the new city. It was here that the Russian emperor lived during the foundation of St. Petersburg. According to one of the legends, the house for the emperor was built by skilled carpenters in just three days. In 1930, a fascinating museum was opened in this miniature building. Among its exhibits are personal belongings of the emperor. The most beautiful … Read more
Moscow
The capital is famous for its modern architectural monuments, including the famous "Moscow City" Business Center. It is a complex of skyscrapers featuring the original futuristic design. The height of the main building reaches 235 meters. It's nice to admire the high-rise buildings on a sunny day when their mirror facades reflect the sun's rays. One of the capital's most recognizable religious sights is the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. It was built at the beginning of the 19th century … Read more
Kazan
Another interesting attraction is the Temple of All Religions. This religious monument has a lot of architectural peculiarities. The author of this unusual temple’s project was the humanist Ildar Hasanov. He managed to create the project of the temple that combines 16 confessions. The construction is a difficult asymmetrical complex with domes and towers in all the colors of the rainbow. On the facade, you can see windows of different shape and size, arches, and other unusual decorative … Read more
Adler
The resort and its surroundings are notable for outstanding nature attractions. The most beautiful park in the city is called the Southern Cultures. It occupied almost 20 hectares. In the park, you can see rare plants. In total, there are over 5 000 plant species, including wonderful Japanese sakura, tulip tree, and other exotic plants. One of the main attractions in the park is a huge oak aged over 300 years. There are also several beautiful artificial ponds with lilies and an amazing rose … Read more
Anapa
In the surroundings of Anapa, there are several unique archeological districts. Some of them can be visited by absolutely everyone now. The most popular one if the archeological park called Gorgippia. It was built at the archeological site of the namesake antique colony. The researchers have found out that this settlement was formed in the 4th century BC and covered over 2 hectares. They also found here the ruins of old temples and residential houses. Today, the visitors of the archeological … Read more
Gelendzhik
The Olympus Park is a popular recreation place among tourists. In the middle of the tourist season, multiple amusement rides, restaurants, and cafes are open in the park. There is also a small zoo. Its main attraction is the Ferris wheel. In the summer, many outdoor concerts, festivals and competitions are held in the park. As it is located on the hilltop, you can reach it by cable car. When being lifted up, you can admire incredibly beautiful mountain landscapes. In Gelenjik, there is … Read more

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