Sankt Petersburg, the City of Palaces

Sankt Petersburg, the City of Palaces

Sankt Petersburg is one of the most famous cities and the second biggest in Russia. It is also known as the City of Palaces. Many things could be told about this stunning town with gorgeous and famous buildings, about the vibrant history of the city and the numerous islands connected with beautiful bridges. Today we would like to offer you a brief presentation of the twenty most known palaces in Sankt Petersburg, breathtaking baroque and neoclassical buildings made in the 18th and the ... [ read more ]

Alexander Garden and Okhotny Ryad

Alexander Garden and Okhotny Ryad

One of the first public park in Moscow is the Alexander Garden. From the western Kremlin wall all the way to Moscow Manege and Kremlin, an entire distance of 865 meters. Moscow Manege is an oblong building, a very large indoor riding academy thus its name Manege Square. You can find it adjacent to the Red Square. In the Lomonosov in northwest, the Alexander Garden is of three parts, the Upper Garden, Middle Garden and the Lower Garden. Though the French troops had destroyed the garden, Ts... [ read more ]

Richness of the Russian Visual Arts

Richness of the Russian Visual Arts

To start with, let’s look at the Russian Architecture and the Russian architects. Palace of Facets can be found in Moscow Kremlin. This is where the main banquet reception hall of the Muscovite Tsars used to be. The Muscovite tsars were the Grand Duchy of Moscow which we know in English as Muscovy. Amongst the secular buildings in Moscow, this palace of Facets is one of the oldest. If you are walking near the Kremlin Cathedral Square, or the Cathedral of the Annunciation and the Dormition ... [ read more ]

Perm in Russia

Perm in Russia

Perm is a city on the banks of Kama River. It is near the Ural Mountains with a population of about one million. Being the 13th most populous city in Russia, Perm’s modern city today is a cultural, scientific, administrative and industrial center. They have leading food industry and oil refining, timber and wood processing industries. Also their oil production is three percent of Russian output making their chemical and petrochemical industry a vibrant one. When you are traveling in Perm, ... [ read more ]

Exploring Murmansk

Exploring Murmansk

One of the must see when in Murmansk is the St. Alexander Nevsky or Lenin Nuclear Icebreaker. This is a Soviet icebreaker, a world’s first nuclear powered surface ship as well as a civilian vessel. Since 1959, it has been operating until 1989 as its hull had worn thin due to the ice friction. Laid up at Atomflot, now it is a museum ship. If you prefer a religious site which is also a historic site, there is an interesting Russian orthodox church some distance from the city center. St. Nich... [ read more ]

Matreshkas in Arbat District

Matreshkas in Arbat District

The Arbat District has a population of about 28,000 people and it belongs to the district Tsentralny Administrative Okrug or Central Administrative Okrug of Moscow. The meaning of the Russian Okrug is referring to the ‘area’ or region’ and there about ten such districts other than Arbat. The others are Basmanny, Krasnoselsky, Presnensky, Tverskoy, Zamoskvorechye, Khamovniki, Meshchansky, Tagansky and last but not the least Yakimanka. Matreshkas in this terms is the Russian nesting/nest... [ read more ]

What's in the Russian Culture

What’s in the Russian Culture

In corporate, punctuality is very important. If you are organizing a business meeting, keep to the time and start on time. You might get a usual ‘NO’ as an answer, it is part of their lack of incentives to perform and being pleasant under the communism in the past. They take the ceremony of presenting and exchanging of the business cards important. On the business cards, be sure to have your title stated clearly and the academic degree printed. Including the seating arrangements, country... [ read more ]

Kremlin of SMOLENSK and Russian Rivers

Kremlin of SMOLENSK and Russian Rivers

The city Smolensk is located on the Dnieper River. This city which is well-known for textiles, electronics as well as diamonds faceting is just of 320,000 population. This name, Smolensk used to be from the name of Smolnya Rivulet. From the old Slavic, this word ‘smol’ is black soil, smola means tar, resin or pitch. Indeed this city was once a center for resin trade and also resin processing. Lots of pine trees also grow in this area. Oldest Russian City Being one of the oldest Russian... [ read more ]

Celebrating Easter in Russia

Celebrating Easter in Russia

Commemorating the resurrection of Christ after his crucifixion is celebrated in many ways in different cultures. The different in the varieties of Easter across the world can be seen in particular in Protestants and Roman Catholics. Today the Eastern Orthodox Christians predominantly in Russia follows a slightly different rituals. Though that were rites and rituals were laid by the Eastern Orthodox Church, the first difference is the date of Easter celebration. Julian calendar versus the Gre... [ read more ]

Russian Visual Arts

Russian Visual Arts

Let’s start with the Russian architecture such as the woodcraft buildings. Ancient Slavs or Slavic peoples live in Russian architecture of the Byzantine empire. Kremlins, fortifications, Orthodox churches, brightly painted or glided domes are all features of architecture of that time. Renaissance trends were brought in by Italians with later tent-like churches designs and onion dome designs. It was followed by the Naryshkin baroque in the 17th century and then rococo for the 18th century t... [ read more ]