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Balovnevo is a village with a population of about 600 people located in the Dankovsky district of the Lipetsk region, 94 km north-west of Lipetsk.

On the territory of the village there are remains of the Muromtsev Estate. Balovnevo on Google Maps. Photos by: Vladimir Malder.

At the entrance to the estate you can see an old gate built of red brick in a classic style in the late 17th century.

Muromtsev Estate in Balovnevo, Lipetsk region, Russia, photo 1

stroll through the former estate

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Aug/17

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Snow-covered mountain peaks of Dombay

Dombay is a resort village located at an altitude of about 1,600 meters above sea level in the intermontane basin at the northern foothill of the Main Caucasian Range in the Republic of Karachay-Cherkessia.

The word “dombay” in translation from Karachai means “bison”. In the past, the local forests were inhabited by herds of bison. The settlement arose in connection with the development of tourism in the region in the 1920s. Dombay on Google Maps. Photos by: Konstantin Antipin.

Dombay resort, Karachay-Cherkessia, Russia, photo 1

picturesque mountain resort

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Izborsk, a village with a population of about 700 people located in the Pechora district of the Pskov region, 30 km west of Pskov, is one of the oldest Russian towns first mentioned in the chronicles in 862.

Today, this historical-cultural and natural-landscape museum-reserve is a popular tourist destination. Photos by: zhzhitel.

Izborsk - one of the oldest towns in Russia, photo 1

walk around Izborsk

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Jul/17

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Amazing Nature of Iturup Island

Iturup is an island of the southern group of the Kuril Islands, the largest island of the archipelago and part of the Sakhalin region.

The nature of this island is amazingly picturesque. On the coast you can see beautiful contrast of white pumice cliffs and black hexagonal pillars of volcanic magma. Iturup on Google Maps. Photos by: Sergey Dolya.

Amazing nature of Iturup Island, Russia, photo 1

natural beauty of Iturup

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The Volga Bulgaria was a state that existed in the Middle Volga and the Kama basin in the 10th-13th centuries. The capital of the state was located on the bank of the Volga River in the town of Bulghar, about 140 km from Kazan in the present Republic of Tatarstan.

Today, the Bulgarian Historical and Architectural Museum-Reserve is opened on the site of this ancient town. Bulgarian museum on Google Maps. Photos by: Alexander Lipilin.

Bulgarian museum-reserve, Tatarstan, Russia, photo 1

explore the museum

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Nilo-Stolbenskaya Pustyn (Nilova Pustyn) is an Orthodox monastery located on Stolbnoy Island on Lake Seliger, 10 km north of the town of Ostashkov in the Tver region. The distance from Ostashkov to the monastery by road is about 25 km.

Founded in 1594, it was one of the largest and wealthiest monasteries in the Russian Empire. At the end of the 1980s, a significant part of the buildings were either lost or in a dilapidated state.

Nilova Pustyn Monastery, Tver region, Russia, photo 1

fly over the monastery

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May/17

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Stone Mushrooms of Akkurum

The tract of Akkurum (Ak-Korum) is located on the right bank of the Chulyshman River, about 15 km from its confluence with Lake Teletskoye, in the Ulagan district of the Altai Republic.

Akkurum, meaning “white rockslide”, is a very picturesque place which main attraction is the group of so-called “stone mushrooms” – stone pillars formed as a result of wind and water erosion and reaching a height of 7 meters. Akkurum on Google Maps. Photos by: Andrei Kireev.

Stone mushrooms of Akkurum, Altai Republic, Russia, photo 1

beautiful nature monument

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The Holy Dormition Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery is one of the largest and most famous monasteries in Russia with a long history.

This is one of the most valuable and interesting historical and architectural complexes in the country. It is located on the south-eastern outskirts of the town of Pechora in the Pskov region, near the border with Estonia. Pskov-Caves Monastery on Google Maps. Photos by: Denis Spirin.

Pskov-Caves Monastery, Russia, photo 1

explore the fortress-monastery

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Of the indigenous peoples of the Russian North, the Nenets are the most numerous. According to the 2010 census, the total number of the Nenets people living in Russia was 44,640, of which 29,772 were living in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District, part of the Tyumen region.

Let’s look at some scenes from their life in winter, when the temperature ranges from minus 20 to minus 40 degrees Celsius. Photos by: Petr Ushanov.

Life of the Nenets Reindeer Herders in the Russian North, photo 1

visit the Nenets

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Staritsa, founded in 1297, is a small town with a population of about 8,000 people located in the Tver region, 65 km south-west of Tver. There are several churches and estates in the town and its surroundings.

One of the most interesting churches is the complex of the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary – unique in its appearance. Staritsa on Google Maps. Photos by: Dmitriy Gazin.

Nativity Church in Staritsa, Russia, photo 1

picturesque abandoned church

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