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Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent is located on the outskirts of Yaroslavl, on the left bank of the Volga River. You can easily get here by water-bus from the city center.

Founded as a monastery in 1314, it was named after the Tolga River flowing nearby. In 1987, after nearly sixty years of closure, it was reopened as a convent. Tolga Convent on Google Maps. Photos by: Vasiliy Nikitinskiy.

Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent, Yaroslavl, Russia, photo 1

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The mountain park “Ruskeala” is a unique man-caused and natural landscape and tourist attraction, tourist complex located in Sortavala district of the Republic of Karelia, near the village of Ruskeala, 30 km north of the city of Sortavala, on the banks of the Tohmajoki River.

The basis of the complex is a former marble quarry filled with groundwater – the object of cultural heritage, the monument of history. The length of the quarry from north to south is 460 meters, the width – up to 100 meters.

Ruskeala marble quarry, Karelia, Russia, photo 1

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This beautiful wooden church, Church of the Transfiguration, was built in 1786. It is located in a small village of Posad (the central part of the village of Turchasovo) in the Onega district of the Arkhangelsk region.

To get to this village with a population of only about 100 people, you can either go by boat or over the ice in winter. Transfiguration Church in Posad on Google Maps. Photos by: Alexandr Lipilin.

Transfiguration Church in Posad (Turchasovo), Russia, photo 1

magnificent church

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Tsakhur is a small village with a population of about 500 people located in a picturesque place in the south of Dagestan, in the Rutulsky district, a few kilometers from the border with Azerbaijan.

The village is situated in the valley of the Samur River, Dagestan’s second largest river. From the 7th to the 16th centuries, it was the capital of the Tsakhur Khanate that avoided the Mongol conquest. Tsakhur on Google Maps. Photos by: Petr Ushanov.

Tsakhur village in Dagestan, Caucasus, Russia, photo 1

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Krasnoye (meaning “red”) is a village with a population of about 400 people located in Staritsa district of the Tver region, 20 kilometers north-west of the town of Staritsa.

In the second half of the 18th century, M.F. Poltoratsky, the owner of the manor in Krasnoye, decided to replace the old wooden church and built a new one.

Transfiguration Church, Krasnoye, Tver region, Russia, photo 1

amazing church

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Kenozersky National Park

Kenozersky National Park is a natural and historical-cultural complex located in the south-western part of the Arkhangelsk region, at the junction of the Plesetsk and Kargopol districts.

In 2004, the park received the status of a biosphere reserve and was included in the UNESCO list of biosphere reserves.

Kenozersky National Park, Russia, photo 1

preserved corner of ancient Russia




Abandoned greenhouse complex near Moscow

This greenhouse complex, consisting of dozens of greenhouses and located somewhere in the Moscow region, was opened in the 1960s. It was used to grow a variety of plants (annual flowers, perennial trees, shrubs) for landscaping of Moscow and several cities in the region.

Several years ago, the complex stopped working and eventually became an abandoned object with a crazy atmosphere of a post-apocalyptic world. Photos by: Lana Sator.

Abandoned greenhouse complex near Moscow, Russia, photo 1

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Volgograd – the view from above

Volgograd is a city with a population of over 1 million people located in the southeast of the European part of Russia. Volgograd has the title of Hero City because the Battle of Stalingrad took place here during the Second World War.

The city’s uniqueness is in its length. Volgograd stretches along the banks of the Volga for about 120 km. This is one of the longest cities in the world. Photos by: Slava Stepanov.

Volgograd from above, Russia, photo 1

fly over Volgograd




The State Nature Reserve “Stolby”

The state nature reserve “Stolby” (“Pillars”) is located in the north-western spurs of the Eastern Sayan – a mountain range in southern Siberia. From the north-east it is adjacent to the city of Krasnoyarsk, a city bus ( “Turbaza” stop) goes to the border of the reserve.

This is a unique corner of Siberian nature with diverse landscapes, one of the main natural attractions of the Krasnoyarsk region. Photos by: Sergey Filinin.

State Nature Reserve Stolby, Krasnoyarsk, Russia, photo 1

beautiful natural views




Ozernaya Cave in Adygeya

This little-known cave is located on the ridge Azish-Tau in the north-eastern part of the plateau Lago-Naki in the Republic of Adygeya, near the hotel named after this ridge and the ski lift.

The cave is relatively small, but has an unusually large concentration of speleothems commonly known as cave formations.

Ozernaya Cave, Adygeya, Russia, photo 1

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