In the small town of Kirillov, on the shores of the cold lake Siversky already for seven centuries stands Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery - a monumental rock of the Russian Land. North Russian backwoods - it's not a luxurious European resort. Though if we judge by the number of foreign tourists visiting this distant area of Russia that the uniqueness of it becomes apparent.

Apparently, it is not only the love of antiquity and interest in the precious monuments of ancient Russian architecture. It is the enduring desire to understand the most mysterious Russian soul. And, of course, we have the opportunity to touch its eternal mystery in the ancient Russian monasteries. It is in these holy places Russian soul is stored, its integrity and inviolability.

Not everyone knows that Tarusa – is a small town in the Kaluga region that is considered to be the town of artists. This is Russian Barbizon. Both the eminent and budding painters of Russia come here year round to create their works. But a special influx of visitors there is from May to September. Not far from Tarusa, on the opposite bank of the Oka River, surrounded by nature, is the mansion of the famous Russian artist of the 19th century, Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov.

Tarusa is surprisingly quiet and friendly town. There are endless fields, mighty deciduous forest, Oka River, which runs next to the bus station. In summer you can soak up the sun at the local beach, ride on boats and ships.

The town is very rich in tourist attractions. There are both an art gallery and museum here. Also Paustovsky’s house and Tsvetaeva’s house open to the public.

Inside the Hermitage Theater there is the piece of the old Winter Palace of Peter I survived to the present day. The left wing of one of the largest buildings in Europe is the General Staff, which is located in the Palace Square. Now it is the Hermitage too.

Today’s Hermitage has ten buildings, in which there are funds, exposure, museum departments. But greatest interest is the routes at the Imperial Hermitage.


The museum's collection - it is three million exhibits. There are 365 rooms in the five palaces in the city center to visit. If you just go through them that the length is about 22 kilometers. If you do not want getting lost and not spend time in vain, you should immediately abandon the idea of "just wander at the museum." You will get tired legs, eyes and a headache. The Hermitage is arranged differently and far more complex than the modern art gallery, where there is an intelligible navigation at every turn. It is best to decide what you want to see and try not to deviate from your the planned route, although there will be many temptations.

A year ago, I wondered about what is furthest east city in Russia. The answers I got shocked me, some tried to name Vladivostok, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and even Khabarovsk as most easterly city in Russia. But I have figured out that is the furthest east city, I emphasize the word “city”, is the city of Anadyr.

Anadyr is the administrative center of Chukotka Autonomous district, in Chukchi language the city is called Kagyrgyn. It is situated in the border area, near the mouth of the Kazachka River, which flows into the Gulf of Anadyr of Bering Sea. Anadyr is located in the permafrost zone, so as you might have guessed, agriculture is not a priority sector of the city.

Leo Franzevich Grinevetsky in 1889, fulfilling the decree of Emperor Russia laid the post Novo-Mariinsk, from which the settlement began to develop, in 1924 it was renamed as the settlement of Anadyr, and in 1927 Anadyr was proposed to the administrative center of Anadyr district, and in 1965 the town became a city.

One of the most amazing cities in Russia is Kaliningrad. It’s a former Prussian fortress and now Kongsberg is Kaliningrad, which is not only the industry but also the financial center of the region. Kaliningrad is culturally rich capital city with many attractions and monuments.

Geographically, the city is located at the confluence of the Pregolya River in Kaliningrad bay. The river divides the area into 4 parts - Lomse, Alshtatd, Forshtatd and Kneiphof. In the Middle Ages the city was not one, there were many settlements along the river and its islands.

It was important strategically to protect the city from Lithuania and Poland on the one side, and on the other move on the opposite shore. It was decided to construct the famous bridges in Kaliningrad. The first bridge is Krämerbrücke was built in 1286 g, and were later built another six bridges - Zeleny, Medovy, Vysoky, Kuznechny, Derevyanny and Rabochy. By its beauty, the bridges of Kaliningrad do not way inferior to the world-famous bridges of St. Petersburg. Unfortunately, the time and the constant wars led to the destruction of three of them, at the moment they are under construction.

In this post we will focus on an ancient and very beautiful town in the Moscow region, of Kolomna. This majestic city was founded in the XII century. In the XIV-XV centuries Kolomna was the richest city in the Moscow principality, after Moscow. At that time, Prince Basil II moved here, and after him many Muscovites who regarded him, who did not want to submit to the newcomer to the throne Prince Yuri. Kolomna unofficially became the second capital of Russia.

Now Kolomna is one of the most comfortable cities in the Moscow region. It is a very revered by Orthodox faithful people.

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