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Ivolginsky datsan is the center of Buddhism in Russia attracting hundreds of pilgrims and tourists from all over the world.

The datsan is located in the village of Verkhnaya Ivolga, about 30 km from Ulan-Ude. Photos by: Viktor Borisov.

Ivolginsky Datsan, Buryatia Republic, Russia view 1

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Flyonovo is a very small village (27 people in 2007) located in Smolensk oblast of Russia (about 14 km from Smolensk city). The village has the only street – Museum Street. Here are the pictures of Flyonovo village places of interest captured by vj-jjic.

Flyonovo village, Smolensk oblast, Russia view 1

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Nov/10

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The trip to Olkhon Island, Baikal Lake

Olkhon is the largest island of Baikal Lake, Irkutsk oblast with the land area of about 730 sq. km. Here is the photo report of the trip to the island (base camp map location). The photos were captured by shtish (all the pictures are clickable).

Olkhon Island, Baikal Lake, Russia trip view 1

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Nov/10

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Sayany mountains trip picturesque sceneries

Sayany is a general name for two systems of mountains located in the Southern Siberia. Here is the photo report of the expedition to Eastern Sayany located in Buryat Republic of Russia. The photos were captured by shtish (all the pictures are clickable).

Sayany mountains, Buryatia, Russia trip view 1

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Oct/10

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Vodlozersky national park sceneries

Vodlozerye is ancient historical area of Russian North, rich in original culture, which is presented in traditions of aboriginal population and remarkable works of wooden architecture. Vodlozero national park is located in Karelia Republic and Arkhangelsk oblast of the country.

In 2001, by decree of UNESCO, the park received a status of biosphere reserve, first in the system of national parks of Russia. Here are several pictures of the park captured by pomor-land (all the photos are clickable).

Vodlozersky national park, Russia view 1

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Nikitsky monastery is among the most ancient monasteries of Russia. The monastery is located near the town of Pereslavl-Zalessky, Yaroslavl oblast. It is one the places of interest of national park “Plescheyevo Lake”.  The photos of the monastery were captured by Lipilin Alexander (the pictures are clickable).

Nikitsky monastery, Yaroslavl oblast, Russia view 1

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Smolensk fortified wall also known as Smolensk kremlin is the fortification constructed in 1595-1602. The fortress played extremely important role in the defense line of Russian state. Today it is an architectural monument and one of the main attractions of Smolensk city. The photos were captured by ctulhuftagn (photos are clickable).

Smolensk city, Russia kremlin view 1

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Sep/10

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The largest lake of Western Siberia views

Chany Lake is the largest lake in Western Siberia region and is among the largest in the world. The lake is located in Chanovsky district of Novosibirsk oblast of Russia.

Chany lake has the length of about 91 km and the width of 88 km. The following beautiful pictures of the lake were captured by Stepanov Slava (the photos are clickable).

Chany lake, Siberia, Russia view

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The following video was captured on the most difficult part of the trip called “110 zimnik”.

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Sep/10

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Ivangorod town fortress pictures

Ivangorod is a small town located in Leningrad region of Russia with the population of about 11,000 (2010). The town is standing on Narva river bank opposite to Estonian town of Narva.

The settlement was founded in 1492 as a fortress. The fortress of Ivangorod played an important role during numerous wars of 16th-17th centuries. The following photos of Ivangorod fortress were captured by Andrey Rumyantsev.

Ivangorod town, Leningrad oblast, Russia fortress view

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