Stalin had no sisters (or brothers). However, one of the legacies that he left were his "Seven Sisters", which are seven skyscrapers built to commemorate the 8th Centennial of Moscow, that you will inevitably see if you visit the city. At present, they house a university, two hotels, two ministries and two residential buildings. In this article I’ll explain how to visit some of them and get to
4. Destinations in Russia
If you take a look at a map of Russia, you will quickly realize that it is impossible to visit all the destinations and tourist attractions of the largest country in the world. In addition, the country has natural areas of extraordinary beauty located in very remote areas and with not very good transport connections.
To help you plan your trip to Russia, below I will include articles about the most popular destinations, itineraries and tourist routes in Russia. The vast majority of tourists traveling to Russia visit Moscow and St. Petersburg (and the surroundings of these cities), which account for around 90% of tourist traffic. This percentage also includes all those who visit the Golden Ring of Russia, northeast of Moscow.
Behind the two major cities, the Trans-Siberian Route and the visit to Lake Baikal stand out (around 3-5% of travelers going to Russia). The rest of tourist destinations are already a long way away, such as Kamchatka or Altai, attractive destinations but for the most adventurous travelers.
It is just not possible to visit Kazan and not visit its Kremlin. Located in the city centre, the entrance is free, though you have to pay the visit fee to the museums inside. Below I’ll explain how to organize the visit from the Kul Sharif Mosque, one of the largest in Europe, to the Cathedral of the Annunciation, a great Orthodox temple. 1. The Russian Kremlins The old Russian cities were
The banya is the traditional Russian spa and it constitutes one of the most important activities in Russia, not only because it is a site of relaxation, health and well-being, but also because it is a place to socialize with friends or family. The Sanduny Baths in Moscow are the most famous in Russia. Below I will explain how to organize the visit. 1. What is a Russian banya? The Russians
Saint Isaac's Cathedral, located in the centre of St. Petersburg, is another must-see site in the Russian capital. In this article I’ll explain more about the history of this cathedral, its schedules and how to buy tickets online. 1. Introduction Saint Isaac's Cathedral (or Isaakievskiy Sobor) can be considered as one the most sumptuous and grandiose of the churches of St. Petersburg.
The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, located in the centre of St. Petersburg, is a must-visit location in the Russian capital. In this post I’ll explain more about the history of this church, their visit schedules, how to buy tickets online and how to admire this beautiful church from the canals of the city through a boat ride. 1. Introduction The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
The Kremlin in Moscow continues to be a site that inspires many questions from tourists and I have to admit that it is a place that can be a little confusing. In this article, I try to explain what the Kremlin is, what parts can be visited, and how you can buy tickets online in order to avoid the long lines. 1. What is the Kremlin? The word Kremlin means strength or fortified city. In
St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, located in Red Square, is definitely a must-go visit in the Russian capital. The entrance costs 500 rubles (it’s free for children up to 16 years old). Updated on March 15, 2018 (written on July 14, 2016) 0. Introduction St. Basil's Cathedral (also known as the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin by the moat) is an Orthodox church on the Red
The history of Russia and its capital, Moscow, is very closely related to space exploration. In this post I will show you a tour along the different museums, monuments, hotels and streets of Moscow dedicated to the space age and its heroes, the cosmonauts. Introduction If you love astronomy, Moscow has a rich astronomy heritage. You can find museums, monuments, streets and hotels dedicated
Around 180 kilometers south of St. Petersburg we can find Veliky Novgorod, the oldest city in Russia, whose historical center is declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and it’s quite worth a visit. I’ll explain you how to get there and what to see. Introduction Veliky Novgorod is a beautiful city of about 230,000 inhabitants, located about 180 kilometers south of St. Petersburg, known
Different Russian folklore shows take place throughout the year in Moscow and St. Petersburg, including dance, music and Russian traditions. In this article I will explain to you which the most popular shows are and how to buy the tickets. Russian folklore encompasses both folk song and dance, folk theater, mythology, traditions and in general the non-academic culture of Russia. It stems