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Summer Gardens

Summer Gardens (Letnii Sad, St. Petersburg) – this large park is located on an island between the Fontanka, Moika and the Swan Canal in St. Petersburg. With the Summer garden going through renovations in recent times, four fountains are now situated on the main alley, as they were during the era of Peter the Great, […]

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State Kremlin Palace

State Kremlin Palace (1, ulitsa Vosdvizhenka, Moscow) – this building, built in 1961, was a more modern extension of the Kremlin (as a venue for governmental, diplomatic, and Communist Party gatherings). This 6,000 seat venue was also a second stage for the Bolshoi. Nowadays, along with ballets and opera productions, various pop and rock concerts […]

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Russian Cruiser Aurora

Russian Cruiser Aurora (Petrogradskaya Naberezhnaya, St. Petersburg) – the Russian military’s legendary cruiser, the Aurora, marked its 110th birthday in 2010. The Aurora took part in the Russo-Japanese war, in WWI and in the Russian Civil War of 1917-1921. On 25 October 1917, a blank shot from her forecastle gun marked the beginning of the […]

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Bunker 42 Cold War Museum

Bunker 42 Cold War Museum (Building 11, 5th Kotelnichesky lane, Moscow) — Located an ear-popping 60 meters below the streets of Moscow, Bunker 42 is an absolute must for anyone interested in the Cold War and the shady past of the USSR. The 7000 meters2 complex was completed in the 1960s and originally designed to […]

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Tretyakov State Gallery

Tretyakov State Gallery (10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Moscow) – Moscow industrialist Pavel Tretyakov originally established a gallery of his collection of fine Russian art in 1856, and donated nearly 2,000 works (mostly paintings, along with some drawings and sculptures) to the city of Moscow in 1892. Since then, this gallery, located just a walk away from […]

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State Historical Museum

State Historical Museum (Red Square, Moscow) – this museum, located on the opposite end of Red Square from St. Basil’s Cathedral, lives in the latter’s shadow for most visitors to the Russian capital. Yet it has a strikingly broad and deep collection of exhibits ranging across the millennia and Eurasian history, in addition to its focus […]

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Saint Basil’s Cathedral

Saint Basil’s Cathedral (Red Square, Moscow) – located within the Red Square area of Moscow, this famed cathedral was built to commemorate the capture of the Tatar stronghold of Kazan in 1552, which occurred on the Feast of the Intercession of the Virgin. But the cathedral was popularly known as St. Basil’s Cathedral, after St. Basil […]

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Red Square

Red Square (Moscow) – this famed square separates the Kremlin from the historic merchant quarter known as Kitai-gorod. This makes an excellent geographic point of reference for visitors, since this is considered the central square of the Russian capital, and connects to its major highways. Despite its name, Red Square’s name pre-dated the Communist revolution (going […]

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Pushkin Museum

Pushkin Museum (Prechistenka Ulitsa 12/2, Moscow) – this is the first museum in Moscow that is dedicated to the life and the creativity work of the famous Russian poet Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin. The museum complex was founded in 1957 on the territory of the former urban mansion belonged to the family Khruschev-Selezniov on the street Prechistenka 12/2. […]

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Peterhof

Peterhof (2 Razvodnaya Ulitsa, St. Petersburg) – this Versailles-inspired palace is a warm-weather destination (April – October), since its cascade of fountains and gardens are best-appreciated then. This was Peter the Great’s summer residence, due to its proximity to Russia’s then-fledgling navy. He used the elaborate grounds to hold summer parties. During World War II, the […]