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The Republic of Kalmykia is located in the extreme south-east of the European part of Russia. The present culture of Kalmykia is closely connected with the culture of the Kalmyk people – the only people in Europe traditionally professing Buddhism.

“The Golden Abode of Shakyamuni Buddha”, located in the center of Elista, the capital of Kalmykia, is the largest Buddhist temple in the republic and one of the largest Buddhist temples in Europe. Photos by: Vladimir Mulder.

beautiful Buddhist temple

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Marfo-Mariinsky Convent of Mercy of the Russian Orthodox Church was founded by Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna of Russia in Moscow in 1909. Today, it is located in the center of the city on Bol’shaya Ordynka Street, 34.

The main attraction of the convent is the Intercession Cathedral built by the famous architect Alexey Shchusev in 1908-1912. This is a unique example of the Neo-Russian style in church architecture. Marfo-Mariinsky Convent on Google Maps. Photos by: Vladimir Dar.

Marfo-Mariinsky Convent in Moscow, Russia, photo 1

majestic church

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Winter in Kazan – the view from above

Kazan is a city with a population of more than 1.2 million people, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, and a large port on the left bank of the Volga River located about 800 km east of Moscow.

The city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Russia. From June 16 to July 6, 2018, 6 matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be played here. Photos by: Slava Stepanov.

Winter in Kazan, Russia - the view from above, photo 1

fly over Kazan

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Yelets – the magic of provincial Russia

Yelets, first mentioned in 1146, is a city with a population of about 100,000 people located in the Lipetsk region, 82 km west of Lipetsk. In total, there are more than 200 monuments of history and culture here.

However, the general architectural ensemble of the city is its main attraction. Let’s stroll through the old streets of Yelets and look at the beautiful buildings and estates, colorful houses, museums and feel the magic of Yelets. Photos by: Vadim Razumov.

Yelets city, Russia, photo 1

explore the streets of Yelets

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Winter in the Center of Vladimir

Vladimir, the administrative center of the Vladimir region, is one of the largest tourist centers in the European part of Russia included in the popular tourist route Golden Ring of Russia.

This city, located mainly on the left bank of the Klyazma River, about 180 km east of Moscow, was the capital of the Grand Duchy of Vladimir in the 12th-14th centuries. The city has a lot of architectural monuments including three white stone monuments built before the invasion of the Mongols. Photos by: Vasiliy Nikitinskiy.

Winter in the center of Vladimir city, Russia, photo 1

walk on the snow-covered Vladimir

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Tobolsk, a city with a population of about 100 thousand people, located 250 km northeast of Tyumen, was founded as the center of the development of Siberia in 1587.

From the end of the 16th to the 18th centuries, it was the main military, administrative, political, and religious center of Siberia. Photos by: Anton Petrus.

Tobolsk city, Siberia, Tyumen region, Russia, photo 1

picturesque old Siberian city

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Samara – the view from above

Samara is the 9th largest city in Russia with a population of about 1.2 million people. It is a major economic, transport, scientific, educational, and cultural center of the country.

The capital of the Samara region, this city is located on the left bank of the Volga River (Saratov Reservoir) at its confluence with the Samara River (hence the name of the city). Photos by: Slava Stepanov.

Samara, Russia - the view from above, photo 1

fly over Samara

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Winter in Suzdal

Suzdal is a small town-reserve with a population of about 9,700 people located in the Vladimir region, about 30 km north of Vladimir.

First mentioned in the chronicles in 1024, this is one of the oldest towns in Russia famous for its abundance of monuments and preserved original appearance. Photos by: Vasiliy Nikitinskiy.

Winter in Suzdal, Russia, photo 1

winter in Suzdal

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Chelyabinsk – the view from above

Chelyabinsk, a city with a population of about 1.2 million people, is the seventh most populated city in Russia, the administrative center of the Chelyabinsk region.

One of the largest industrial centers of the country, Chelyabinsk is located on the eastern slope of the Ural Mountains, on the border of the Urals and Siberia, almost in the center of the continent of Eurasia. Photos by: Slava Stepanov.

Chelyabinsk, Russia - the view from above, photo 1

fly over Chelyabinsk

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The Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in Darna is an Orthodox church located in the village of Darna in the Istra district of the Moscow region, about 65 km north-west of the center of Moscow.

The church was built according to the project of the architect Sergey Shervud in elegant Neo-Russian style in 1895-1900. Darna on Google Maps. Photos by: Vladimir Dar.

Holy Cross Church in Darna, Moscow region, Russia, photo 1

beautiful brick church

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