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Bizarre Sheremetev Castle in Yurino

Sheremetev Castle is a picturesque palace and park ensemble and an architectural monument of federal significance located in the village of Yurino in the Republic of Mari El, on the bank of the Volga River.

In 1812, Yurino was bought by the landowner Vasili Sheremetev. The construction of the castle, which lasted from 1874 to 1915, involved three generations of Sheremetevs and seven architects. Sheremetev Castle on Google Maps. Photos by: Dmitry Gazin.

Sheremetev Castle in Yurino, Mari El Republic, Russia, photo 1

magnificent brick palace

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Now that the 2018 World Cup in Russia has wrapped up, it’s time to look back on the monumental occasion and discuss why this was one of the best footballing events in recent memory. It was packed full of shocks, excitement, and joyous celebration, and the host cities were buzzing with a carnival atmosphere.

The success of the cup has also reminded people what a wonderful country Russia is, and it should have a positive effect on tourism in the country in the immediate future.

Russia World Cup

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success of the World Cup in Russia

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The Lakhta Center, being built in the historical part of the Primorsky district of St. Petersburg, is a public and business complex that will house the headquarters of Gazprom, one of the world’s largest energy companies.

It is planned to finish the construction in Q3 2018. This skyscraper has already become the most northern in the world, the highest in Russia and Europe (462 meters). The Lakhta Center on Google Maps. Photos by: Valery Gikavy.

St. Petersburg, Russia from the highest observation deck in Europe, photo 1

Saint Petersburg from above

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Torzhok, founded at the turn of the 10th-11th centuries, is a town with a population of about 46 thousand people located in the Tver region, 65 km north-west of Tver.

In the past, it was an important center of trade on the way to Novgorod and St. Petersburg from the southern regions of Russia. The very name of the town means “trading place”. Torzhok on Google Maps. Photos by: Alexander Lipilin.

Torzhok, Tver region, Russia, photo 1

winter in Torzhok

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The cliff of Bolshiye Pritesy, located in the west of the Chelyabinsk region, is one of the most famous and popular sights of the Ay River. The height of this steep rocky wall is up to 100 meters.

The Ay River is one of the most beautiful rivers in the Urals. In the Bashkir language its name means “Moon” or “Moon River”. It flows through the territory of the Chelyabinsk region and the Republic of Bashkiria. The length of the river is 549 kilometers. It has a lot of picturesque cliffs, rocks, caves.

Bolshiye Pritesy Cliff, Chelyabinsk region, Russia, photo 1

very picturesque cliff

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While the whole world is undoubtedly experiencing one of the greatest summers of sport for decades, Russia is lucky enough to be enjoying a bigger take than most. Cities across the country have been hosting what some have been calling the most exciting World Cup for decades.

Although the end is in sight, fans from the UK and beyond can continue to enjoy the sporting spirit by delving into the exciting world of Russian sports, which will continue apace as ever long after the World Cup has left Moscow. Here’s how to make the most of sports in Russia year-round.

See What’s Going On

Beyond the World Cup, 1

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Russian sports after the World Cup

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On the night of June 23-24, the annual show “Scarlet Sails” was held in St. Petersburg – the main graduation ceremony of Russia, a holiday dedicated to all school graduates.

For the first time “Scarlet Sails” was held in Leningrad in 1968. In that year, 25 thousand graduates of Soviet schools and technical schools gathered for the holiday. In 2018, this celebration turned 50, there were about 80 thousand graduates on the streets and embankments of the city. Photos by: Petr Ushanov.

Scarlet Sails 2018, St. Petersburg, Russia, photo 1

very colorful show

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You probably know that a lot of countries successfully adopted the electronic visa system over the last decade, and travelers all around the world could not be happier. An electronic visa spares you the time and effort of going to an embassy to apply for the document.

Instead, you get to do it from the comfort of your own home with a laptop and an internet connection. All you need to do is find an online visa service. But what about Russia? Can you go to Russian on an electronic visa?

The answer is yes and no. How is that possible? While Russia’s visa policy does not include an electronic visa, you have the option of getting one but only if you are interested in traveling to the Russian Far East. Even so, not all nationalities have access to such a document. Only the citizens of 18 countries have this option. You can check online whether or not your nationality is on that list.

Vladivostok – the capital of the Russian Far East.

Far East of Russia, photo 1

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terms and conditions

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The Holy Trinity Convent in Murom, one of the oldest cities in Russia located in the Vladimir region, 129 km southeast of Vladimir, is known for preserving the relics of St. Peter and Fevronia, who are revered in the country as patrons of the family and marriage.

It was founded in the second quarter of the 17th century (1643) by the Murom merchant Tarasy Borisovich Tsvetnov. Holy Trinity Convent in Murom on Google Maps. Photos by: Vadim Razumov.

Holy Trinity Convent in Murom, Russia, photo 1

fly over the convent

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With the World Cup finals on the way, few fans are looking past those fateful final matches in the great Russian capitals, and for many, their travel plans past that point may not go beyond catching that flight back home on the 15th of July.

However, if you’re a true globetrotter who wants to make the most of their Russia trip by experiencing all of what this vast and beautiful country has to offer, then now’s the best time ever to do some exploring and set out on a true Russian odyssey. Whether a road trip or by train, once the final match in Moscow wraps up and all the dust has settled and vodka drank, make sure to continue the celebration (or flee your sorrows) by packing your bags and embarking on the trip of a lifetime.

Few people beyond the most seasoned travellers tend to see much of the country beyond the big cities of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad, so if you want to enter the ranks of the most niche and experienced nomads, then now is the time to do it.

To experience the full spectrum of this diverse, wild and at times bewildering country, which spans nine time zones and contains at least as many languages and dialects, you need to go west to east, starting in the more European areas near Moscow and ending in the more Asian locales in the far east of the country. Here’s your guide to doing the ultimate Russian road trip.

Say Goodbye to Moscow

Post World Cup Road Trip in Russia, photo 1

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explore Russia

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