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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

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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

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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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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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Sep/15

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The giant sinkhole near Solikamsk tripled

November 18, 2014, one of the mines of “Uralkali” company, located near the town of Solikamsk in the Perm region, was flooded, all workers were evacuated. A little bit later, a huge sinkhole was found on the territory, occupied by garden plots of local residents. At that time, the hole in the ground had a diameter of 30 meters.

Over the past nine months, the sinkhole greatly expanded and its current size is 120×125 meters. The following photos were taken in August 2015. Solikamsk sinkhole from space.

The giant sinkhole near Solikamsk town, Perm region, Russia, photo 1

the sinkhole becomes bigger and bigger

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Let’s go into a little trip to the mountains of the Itum-Kalinsky district of Chechnya. The southernmost district of the republic, it is rich in historical and natural monuments.

The district occupies an area of 2000 square kilometers, the population is about 6,000 people. The distance to Grozny, the capital city of Chechnya, is about 78 km. In the south, this district is bordered by Georgia. Photos by: Timur Agirov.

Mountainous Chechnya sights, Russia, photo 1

To the mountains!

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Ukok is a plateau located in the south of Altai Republic, on the border of Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia and Russia.

Numerous rivers, lakes, and marshes make this area fantastically beautiful. There are a lot of ancient legends about Ukok, more than 150 Scythian burial mounds were found here.

Ukok Plateau, Altai, Russia, photo 1

beautiful landscapes

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Jul/15

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The beautiful nature of central Russia

Yaroslavl region is a subject of the Russian Federation located in the north of European Russia, in the center of the East European Plain. The distance from Yaroslavl, the regional center, to Moscow is 282 km.

Previously, almost all the territory of the region was occupied by dense coniferous and mixed forests (spruce, pine), but, today, they are mostly substituted by birch and aspen forests, and cropland. Also, large areas are occupied by marshes. It seems to be nothing special, but these pictures tell a different story. Photos by: Andrey Grachev.

Yaroslavl region nature, central Russia, photo 1

wonderful Russian nature

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In the south of Gamov peninsula in the Sea of Japan (Primorye krai), there is a cape of the same name. It was named in honor of an officer of the frigate “Pallada” that arrived here in 1854.

This area, characterized by strong winds and frequent fogs, was very dangerous for navigation. That’s why it was decided to build a lighthouse here. The construction began in 1901, and the lighthouse was opened in 1906.

Gamov lighthouse, Russia, photo 1

on the eastern edge of Russia

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