Sacred Sights in Moscow

Sacred Sights in Moscow

First let's take a look at the Andronikov Monastery of the Saviour, Cathedral of the Archangel, Choral Synagogue and the Novodevichy Convent. Located on the left bank of Yauza River, the Andronikov Monastery contains the oldest extant building in Moscow. The Andrei Rublev, the greatest medieval Russian painter lives here. The second oldest monument in the abbey is the refectory. It is also the third largest other than the Palace of Facets and Joseph-Volotsky Monastery. The main features are ... [ read more ]

Art in the Hermitage

Art in the Hermitage

180,000 of Oriental art can be seen in the Hermitage. From Ancient Egypt, the Middle East, Byzantium, Islamic Art of the countries of the near East, Mongolia and Tibet, Japan, Central Asia, The Golden Horde, Sassanian Iran, India, China, Thailand, The Caucasus and also Oriental Jewellery. There are fifty museum rooms that contains very interesting items from Mesopotamia, Byzantium and also countries of the Near and Far East. One of which to mention is the Aquamanile in the Form of an Eagle b... [ read more ]

Distinguished Russian Architectures

Distinguished Russian Architectures

Speaking about domes, especially onion-shaped domes, it is Russia you have to see. It is a place with lots of inspiring onion-shaped domes to neo-Gothic buildings, and they are called skyscrapers. Partly due to their religion or better to say it has a great influence to see such sharp-sloping roofs. Tent-shaped spires, dome-like structures, you just cannot miss them from the far distance. This makes the Russian architecture a very distinct form of art. The flame of faith and made into the ar... [ read more ]

The Preparation Before a Russian Trip

The Preparation Before a Russian Trip

Other than picking the best time to go to Russia, you need to find out what is essential to pack as part of your luggage. In addition, knowing the most economical way to get there can be a good advantage if you are on a budget trip. Some other important practicalities include knowing which documents to bring with you. Let's start with the insurance matters, the Russian visa documents and paperwork. It is sometimes required by the Russian consulates in your country to have a valid travel insu... [ read more ]

Traditional Russian Cuisine

Traditional Russian Cuisine

Beet Soup, the Borshch is the most famous and hearty soup with full of meat and vegetables. It is usually top with a nice dollop of fresh sour cream. Pirozhki are are little pastries and sometimes they are full of meat, cabbage, cheese or potatoes. Ikra or caviar are briny and sharp, mostly served on crusty bread or blini. Blini are crepes and some called it pancakes, the difference it is served rolled. The way to eat it is caviar on buttered bread. It is Zakuska which means 'little bite' in... [ read more ]

The Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia

The Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia

This is not just a world heritage site with volcanoes and many amazing nature. It is an outstanding region in the world that has a high density of active volcanoes. Interplaying the glaciers and active volcanoes, you get to see a breathtaking view of the dynamic landscape. Here is also where you can see the salmonoid fish, sea otters, Stellar's sea eagle and brown bear. Bering Island is just off the Kamchatka Peninisula. It is in the Bering Sea, a marginal sea of the Pacific Ocean. With a de... [ read more ]

World's Largest Freshwater Lake Baikal

World’s Largest Freshwater Lake Baikal

Twenty percent of the world's surface fresh water is at the Lake Baikal. Besides being ancient, this place worth exploration as it has an average depth of about 740 meters and 445 meters above sea level. Some people even regard it as the Baikal Sea, some called it the Pearl of Siberia. The deepest it goes is 1600 meters. This lake is one of the clearest in the world. It used to hold the position of being the oldest lake in the world some 25 million years ago. You can find here 1700 or more s... [ read more ]

Most Historic City of Russia: Veliky Novgorod

Most Historic City of Russia: Veliky Novgorod

In Veliky Novgorod, the oldest stone building is St. Sophia Cathedral. It is a magnificent cathedral. Besides being the most exquisite centerpiece, it is the symbol of the city. If you enjoy wandering around in historic walking areas, the Detinets or the Novgorod Kremlin is worth a visit. On the left bank of the Volkhov River in northwestern Russia, there are many interesting sights to note. For example, the monument to the Thousand Years of Russia, the Cathedral of Holy Wisdom and the Kokui... [ read more ]