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A guide to its main attractions
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This page provides a list of the main things to see in Russia. "++" identifies the top attractions.
  • Kizhi (Karelia): +wooden churches, +Preobrazhenskaia Church with 12 domes (1714), Lake Onega, White Sea
  • St Petersburg: +Francesco Rastrelli's Monastery of Smolnji, +Hermitage, Winter Palace (1817) with Louise Bourgeois' sculpture "Maman" (1999), Cathedral of Smolny Convent (1764), Rastrelli's Stroganov Palace (1754), New Holland Gate, Tsaritsyno Palace with neo-gothic bridge by Bazhenov, Zacharov's Admiralty Gate (1823), Rossi's Palace Square, Rossi's Theater Street, Thomas de Thomon's Stock Exchange, Leblond's water gardens at Peterhof, Leblond's Palais de on Plaisir at Peterhof, Leblond's Marli Pavilion, Domenic Tressini's Fortress of St Peter and St Paul (1725), Kunstkamera (1725)
  • Tsarskoe Selo (just south of St Petersburg): Rastrelli's Palace (1756) with Cameron Gallery,
  • Moscow: ++St Basil the Blessed (1560), +Kremlin (1495), Fioravanti's Cathedral of the Assumption with frescoes (1479), Alevisio Novi's Church of the Archangel Michael (1509), Cathedral of the Anunciation (1490), Cathedral of the Ordination (1486), Marco Ruffo's Redeemer Gate (1491), Marco Bono's Ivan Veliki Tower (1542), Andronikov Monastery (1360), Novodevich monastery (1524), State University on Lenin Hill, +Lomonosov Univ, +Hotel Ukraine (1955), Simeon Stolpnik church on Kalinin Prospekt, Konstantin Meinikov's Rusakov Workers Club (1928), Golosov's Zuyev Workers Club (1928), Ernst Neizvestny's "Tree of Life" (1998) inside the footbridge Bagration, Georgy Frangulyan's "Wall of Grief" (2017), Monument to the conquerors of space (1964) on Mira Prospekt, Yuri Gagarin monument (1980) on Leninsky Prospekt, Planetarium (1929) on Sadovaya-Kudrinskaya Ulitsa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1953)
  • Just outside Moskow: Church of the Ascension (1532) in Kolomenskoe, Church of the Beheading of St John the Baptist (1554) in Dyakovo (near Kolomenskoe), Church of the Virgin of the Sign (1704) in Dubrovitzy, Cathedral of the Savvino-Storozhevsk (1407) in Zvenigorod
  • Kaluga (150 kms southwest of Moscow): Konstantin Tsiolkovsky State Museum of Cosmonautics
  • Zagorsk: Troitse-Sergieva Lavra/ Monastery of the Trinity and St Sergius (1476)
  • Buryatia (near Lake Baykal): giant head of Lenin, world's largest monumental head
  • Novgorod: St Sophia (11th c), Cathedral of the Transfiguration (1374), Church of the Savior on the Nereditsa (1199), St George Church (1119) of the Yuriev monastery,, Church of St Nicholas (1292), Church of the Saviour Ilina (1372) Church of St Theodor (1362), Monument to "1000 Years of Russia" (1862), Peredki's church of the Nativity of the Virgin
  • Rostov: Kremlin (17th c)
  • Uglich: Cathedral
  • Pskov: Kremlin (15th c), Arguzhsk church (frescoes of 1189), Pogankiny Palaty
  • Vyksa (Nizhny Novgorod, southeast of Vladimir): public art and street art festival
  • Vladimir: Cathedral of the Dormition (1189), Cathedral of St Dmitri (1197), Church of the Protection of the Virgin on the Nerl (1165, outside town), Cathedral of the Assumoption (1189) with frescoes of the Last Judgement (12th c), Golden Gate (1164), Boogolyubovo tower (1165), Zolotoy bridge (2012)
  • Suzdal (just north of Vladimir): Cathedral of the Nativity of the virgin (1225), Pukrovsky Cathedral (1518), Museum of wooden architecture
  • Kostroma: Ipatiev monastery, +Church of the Resurrection, Museum of wooden architecture
  • Vitoslavitsy (near Veliky Novgorod, south of St Petersburg): Museum of wooden architecture
  • Pereyasalvl-Zalessk: Church of the Savior (1152)
  • Yuriev-Polski: St George Cathedral and reliefs of the facade (1234)
  • Sochi: Sky Bridge (the world's longest pedestrian bridge)
  • Smolensk: Church of SS Peter and Paul, Kremlin (1602),
  • Podporozhie (Archangel, east of St Petersburg): Church of the Trinity (1727)
  • Kirillov: Monastery of Kirillo-Belozersky (1135)
  • Archangelsk: Wooden Gagster House
  • Kareilia/ Kizhi open air museum: The Raising of Lazarus Church,Muromansky Monastery, oldest wooden church in Russia
  • Kizhi: Church of the Transfiguration (1714)
  • Yekaterinburg: Sverdlovsk Regional Museum (with Shigir Idol, oldest known wooden sculpture)
  • Altai mountains
  • Kamchatka
  • Magadan (Far East of Russia): Ernst Neizvestny's "The Mask of Sorrow" (1996)
  • Minsk: Sts Simon and Helena Church (the Red Church), Nezavisimosti Avenue from the Red Church to the Post Office, Trade Unions Palace of Culture, Victory Square, Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Cathedral of the Holy Name of Mary, Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of Belarus, +National Library of Belarus, +Temple-monument of All Saints, Holy Trinity Church, Anatol Arcimovich's Solidarity at the House of Fashion (relief sculpture in Nemiga St), Great Patriotic War Museum
  • Mir Castle
  • +Brest Fortress
  • +Nyasvizh/ Nesvizh: Castle
  • Grodno: Boris and Gleb (Kolozhskaya) Church
  • Polotsk: Cathedral of Saint Sophia, Kalozha Church
  • Kamyenets: White Tower
  • Odessa:
  • Yalta: +Druzhba Holiday Center Hall/ Sanitarium
  • Lviv: Rynor Square, Cathedral, Transfiguration Church, Assumption Church, Bernadine Monastery, St Nicholas,
  • Kyiv/ Kiev: ++Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra of 1051, +St Sophia cathedral/ Sofiysky Sobor of 1031, +St Michael's, Church of the Savior in Berestovo (12th c)
  • Yalta: Igor Vasilevsky's Druzhba Sanitarium (1986)
  • Sevastopol:
  • Ulman: Basilian Monastery
  • Chernihiv: Catherine's Church, Pyatnytska Church
  • Chernivtsi
  • Rakhiv
  • Zhovka: Church of Saint Lawrence, Holy Trinity Church, Zhovkva Castle
  • +Kamianets-Podilskyi Fortress
  • Poltava
  • Myrhorod
  • Vinnytsia
  • Lutsk Castle
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