To date, the Russian Federation has 1,109 settlements with city status. After reading the article about the big cities, I’ve find out what are the biggest cities in Russia, and I’ve decide to find out what are the best small city in Russia.

I reviewed probably hundreds of pages of the Russian-speaking Internet, making the sample, in terms of population. I'm not sure that the order of arrangement of these cities has not changed since the data range from 2010 to 2013.

Recently, it was compiled rating of the most attractive cities of Russia - the leaders are Moscow, St. Petersburg and Novosibirsk. The study was conducted by specialists of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation and the Russian Union of engineers; they were helped by experts Rosstroy, Epidemiology, and Moscow State University.

Russian cities were evaluated by 13 counts: the dynamics of population, demographic characteristics of the population, the social dimensions of society and the well-being of citizens, social infrastructure, the city's economy, housing development, housing affordability, innovation activity, transport infrastructure, physical infrastructure, human resources and the natural environment situation.

The study was conducted in 2012-2013 and affected 164 Russian cities. The ranking includes the city, with leading positions in most areas (the exception is the index of housing affordability). These are cities with a population of one million or more people - Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Rostov-on-Don.

Moscow is one of the world’s richest cities in the number of tourist attractions. At a conservative estimate there are more than five thousand of Moscow attractions. These include both UNESCO World Heritage sites and monuments, quays, churches, bridges, buildings, museums, circuses, stadiums and many other attractions of the capital.

Moscow attractions

On my website you will find a description and photographs of the most famous, colorful and all the favorite sights of Moscow. Here you may learn not only about previously known locations in Moscow, but also to choose a place walking, as well as to discuss the sights with other readers.

Historical and Cultural Complex of the Kazan Kremlin is the main attraction of Kazan. In 2000, it was included in the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage. The first fortifications were built on the highest hill on the left bank of the Kazanka River at the turn of the X-XI centuries. The stone Kremlin has been erected in the middle of the XVI century on the orders of Ivan the Terrible, as during the storming of Kazan in 1551 almost all of the walls and towers were destroyed. Kazan Kremlin was constructed by the best Russian masters of the time.

Before the capture of Kazan, behind the walls Kremlin walls there were rich Khan's palace and many beautiful mosques. There were legends about the beauty of the Kul Sharif mosque. Built up to the 1000 anniversary of the city, and today the mosque is the most beautiful building of the city.

Kazan Kremlin

Today’s Kremlin is the seat of the President of Tatarstan. There is a museum-reserve "Kazan Kremlin," on the territory of which there is the one of the symbols of Kazan - the leaning tower of Suyumbike, as well as the governor's house, the Annunciation Cathedral, the main mosque in Kazan - the Kul-Sharif, the former military school, where there are now museums.

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