Friday, February 1, 2013

It’s a known fact that Russia is the largest country in the world and being the largest country in the world spells out an umpteen number of travel experiences for anybody interested. You could attempt climbing one of the seven summits or take a stroll down the world’s oldest lake. Whatever your interest may be, Russia will definitely have it on offer. Lets look at a few of the several must visit spots in Russia.

Saint Basil’s Cathedral: This architectural masterpiece was built between 1554 and 1561 and is located in the heart of Moscow. This is the largest visited attraction in Russia tours and this would be on account of its very distinct architecture. Did you know that the Saint Basil’s Cathedral was designed to replicate the shape of a bonfire in full flame?

Hermitage Museum: Located in Saint Petersburg, it was built in 1764 by Catherine the Great. Built in order to showcase art and culture, the Hermitage showcases the highlights of a collection of over 3 million items.

Kremlin: Another place you must visit when in Moscow is the Kremlin. Renowned for its unmatched architecture and beauty, the Kremlin is one of the most visited structures in Russia. Along with being home to top government officials, the Kremlin also houses four cathedrals and numerous museums within its landscape.

Suzdal: Ever heard of Russia’s golden ring? Well, they are a bunch of ancient cities, preserved like life-sized museums by the Russians to remind them of their culturally rich past. Suzdal is the crown jewel of this Golden Ring. So if you’re one who enjoys ancient historic architecture, make sure Suzdal is on the itinerary.

Lake Baikal: Also known as the Pearl of Siberia, Lake Baikal is the oldest lake on Earth. This 25 million year old lake is surrounded by mountains on all sides and makes for a stellar view. Being one of the clearest lakes in the world, Lake Baikal holds 20% of the world’s fresh water.

So as you can see, Russia has a lot more to offer then just good vodka. The above are just a handful of places you must visit; you must also go to the Red Square in Moscow, Mount Elbrus, Valley of Geysers, Kizhi Island and the city of Novgorad.


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