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Moscow Kremlin in 1700

Moscow Kremlin 1700 is a graphical reconstruction of the Moscow fortress at the beginning of the 18th century. Engravings and plans made at the time, as well as more recent and modern reconstructions, were used to make these pictures.

By the beginning of the 18th century, the architectural ensemble of the Moscow Kremlin was completed, and the fortress received a recognizable look. You can see several undamaged buildings that later came to decay. Pictures by: Moscow Kremlin 1700.

Moscow Kremlin in 1700, picture 1

Moscow Kremlin from the past


About 12 km from the town of Zadonsk (60 km from Lipetsk), on the banks of the Don River, in the village of Kamenka, there is almost a real ancient Russian fortress. It is located in a safari park “Kudykina Gora.”

This children’s amusement park, located on the territory of ​​500 hectares, includes, in addition to the fortress, a landscape park, a place for riding on animals, a Scythian burial mound with a wonderful view of the Don River, a lake with a cozy beach, playgrounds for children, a circus, a zoo, a source of mineral water.

Safari-Park Kudykina Gora, Lipetsk region, Russia, photo 1

the spirit of ancient Russia




Nizhny Novgorod – the view from above

Nizhny Novgorod (often called simply Nizhny) is a city with a population of more than 1 million people located 400 km east of Moscow, the administrative center of the Volga Federal District and Nizhny Novgorod region.

The city, founded in 1221, is located in the center of the East European Plain, at the confluence of the Oka and Volga rivers. It is one of the largest centers of river tourism in Russia. The historical part of Nizhny Novgorod is rich in tourist attractions, it is an important tourist center. Photos by: Stepanov Slava.

Nizhny Novgorod - the view from above, Russia, photo 1

explore the city


Luke Duggleby is a British photographer who has been traveling the world for almost five years taking pictures of people extracting salt. His publisher decided that the photographer should visit Russia.

After a lot of research, Luke found the information about the little-known Caucasian republic – Dagestan.

The trip of the British photographer Luke Duggleby to Dagestan, Russia

the trip to beautiful Dagestan


Kronstadt Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Saint Petersburg was built on the project of the outstanding Russian architect V.A. Kosyakov as the main church of the Russian Navy in 1903-1913. On the memorial plaques installed inside the church, you can see the names of sailors who died in the line of duty.

Originally, the cathedral had richly decorated exterior and interior. In Soviet times, it was closed (1929) and was used as a movie theater, and later – as a club. Unfortunately, almost all historical decoration was lost.

Interior of the Naval Cathedral in Kronstadt, Russia, photo 1

beautiful historic interior

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Saint Petersburg in 1874

St. Petersburg is a city with a population of over 5 million people located in the northwest of Russia, on the coast of the Gulf of Finland, at the mouth of the Neva River.

The city was founded by the first Russian emperor Peter I in 1703. From 1712 to 1918, it was the capital of the Russian Empire. Let’s see how St. Petersburg looked like during the time of its greatest prosperity – in the late 19th century. Photos source: humus.

The Alexander Column and the Winter Palace.

Saint Petersburg in 1874, Russia, photo 1

back to the past


Zaklyuchye Manor is located in the Tver region. You can reach it, if you drive on the M-10 highway from Moscow to St. Petersburg, and before reaching the city of Valdai and Lake Valdai take a turn to Borovichi. About 50 km from it, there is Lykoshino station. Nearby, hidden in the woods, on the bank of a forest lake, you will find this “castle.”

The estate appeared in the late 19th century. It was built for the St. Petersburg architect and artist Alexander Sergeyevich Khrenov. Many artists, architects and writers of that time tried to disappear in nature. Photos by: Dmitriy Gazin.

Abandoned manor of the architect Khrenov in Zaklyuchye, Tver region, Russia, photo 1

picturesque abandoned castle

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Murmansk – the views from the heights

Murmansk is a city with a population of about 300 thousand people located in the northwest of Russia, the administrative center of Murmansk oblast.

Murmansk is the world’s largest city located north of the Arctic Circle. The city stretches more than 20 km along the rocky eastern coast of the Kola Bay, 50 km from the open sea (the Barents Sea).

Murmansk - the views from the heights, Russia, photo 1

Murmansk from above




Abandoned tanks on Shikotan Island

Shikotan, meaning “the best place”, is the largest island of the Lesser Kuril Islands, part of the Sakhalin region. Japan disputes Russia’s ownership of Shikotan; it sees it as part of Nemuro province, Hokkaido prefecture.

Until 1855, the island was part of the Russian Empire. February 7, 1855, according to the Russian-Japanese treaty of trade and boundaries (“Shimoda Treaty”), the island was given to Japan with the rest of the southern Kurils. In 1945, after Japan’s defeat in World War II, the islands were captured by the Soviet Union.

Abandoned tanks, Shikotan Island, Sakhalin region, Russia, photo 1

the island of tanks

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Kalacheevskaya Cave, a unique structure built in the chalk hill, is located on the right bank of the Tolucheevka River (the left tributary of the Don River), in the town of Kalach, Voronezh oblast.

It is the longest cave in the region. The total length of the cave is about 1 km. The cave was probably created in the 18th-19th centuries, it was used as an underground monastery. Photos by: vmulder.

Kalacheevskaya Cave, Kalach town, Voronezh region, Russia, photo 1

let’s go underground


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