Maximizing Your Ten Days in Russia

Kizhi Pogost ©Quiltsalad/flickr

Kizhi Pogost ©Quiltsalad/flickr

It’s a travel mission possible if you are in Russia for at least ten days to cover best of St. Petersburg and Moscow. Your travel can be on a cruise after you arrived in the beautiful baroque styled St. Petersburg. Enjoy the architectures all around the city center, checkout the Nevsky Prospect, Smolny Convent and the Palace Square. The other highlight is the Peter and Paul Fortress and the Cathedral not to be missed. That is where the tombs of the Romanovs are buried under the 122 meters spire. Next you must see is the elegance of the Winter Palace. It houses the ever famous Hermitage Museum. This is a world class cultural and art museum and being one of the largest as well.

Recreation in the River Village

A rustic village atmosphere to be enjoyed and embrace. Go to the River Village to try the Russian cuisines and their hospitality and relax in this special place. Then visit Kizhi which is an island on Lake Onega. This lake is part of the basin of the Baltic Sea and Atlantic Ocean. It is the second largest lake in Europe and you can also see the national open-air museum with at least eighty historical wooden structures. One of which you must see is the Kizhi Pogost, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Pogost of Kizhi

This is a special enclosure on one of the many islands in Karelia, where you can see a unique octagonal clock tower made of wood. Other than this, there are several 18th century churches that is wooden and they are build in an unusual construction. They represent very boldly as an architecture for a parish space and also blend harmoniously with the landscape all around. Post-medieval orthodox settlements where previously evangelists lived under a harsh climate.

Lake Onega ©werner boehm/flickr

Lake Onega ©werner boehm/flickr

The word ‘pogost’ means enclosure and this is an exceptional northern Russia and Finnish-Scandinavian traditional architecture. It might seemed amazing as it looked as if an unreal landscape where you can see reflection on the Lake Onega of the sky and hundreds of islands all around. If you get there via the hydrofoil from the capital of Karelian Republic, you can see from Petrozavodsk a beautiful yet stunning gem of Russia. Summer church, winter church, bell tower and the wooden polygonal pogost itself a wonderful sight for tourists and visitors who came to Russia.

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