Distinguished Russian Architectures

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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 architectural form is the buildings made in the form of a candle flame, made so tall that it seemed to be reaching the sky, up to the heaven. Advantages of domes are of course helping to prevent snow build-up and shedding rain. We all know that Russian can be so bitterly cold.

Modern Architectures in Russia

Almost all the travel guides will tell you to see the Russian Orthodox church called the Cathedral of St. Basil in the Red Square. Built in 1555 til 1561, this also known as Cathedral of the Protection of Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat is a must see, really. Just across from the Spasskaya Tower of the Kremlin, you can spot it. The bronze statue that commemorates Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharsky are in the garden in the front of the Cathedral. Well, the other most amazing museum building you must see is The Hermitage in St. Petersburg. It is State collection of three million works of art from paintings, sculptures, works of applied art, numismatic material, graphic works, archaeological finds of the world culture.

Highlights of the Collection in the Hermitage

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From Prehistoric art, antiquity, western european art, the Arsenal, Oriental art, Russian culture, Numismatics including coins, seals, medals, badges and insignia. There is a treasure gallery, winter palace of Peter I, the Menshikov Palace, and the museum of the imperial porcelain factory. The Menshikov Palace was founded on Vasilevsky Island in 1710 and today it remains one fo the oldest surviving buildings in the city. Architects and artists such as Carlo Bartolommeo Rastrelli, Jean-Baptiste Alexandre Le Blond incorporated their achievements here. All these are just worth spending the time soaking in the atmosphere.

Next on the list

Next on the list is a must such as the St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Moscow Kremlin, the Moscow Metro which have some fascinating oldest metro in the world, the Our-Saviour-on-the-Split-Blood-Cathedral, and last but not the least, Peter and Paul Fortress.

 

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