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The Church of Vladimir Icon of Mother of God located in the village of Bykovo (Moskovskaya oblast) was built in 1789. White stone church constructed in Russian Gothic style has no worthy counterparts in the church architecture of Moscow region, and, perhaps, in the church architecture of Russia in general.

By the side of the street on which the church is standing, in the depths of the old park, Bykovo mansion is located. The current building of the estate was built in 1856. The photos were captured by Denis Frantsouzov.

Bykovo estate, Russia view 1

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Holy Trinity Ipatievsky Monastery is Orthodox monastery of the Russian Church. The monastery played significant role in Russian history of 16th and 17th centuries. It was first mentioned in chronicles in 1432.

The monastery is located in Kostroma, at the confluence of Kostroma and Volga rivers. It is situated relatively far from the central part of the city (about 30 minutes walk). Near the monastery there is a bridge across the river offering a good view. The photos were captured by Petr Ushanov.

Ipatievsky monastery, Kostroma, Russia view 1

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Apr/11

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Vyborg – historical city of Russia

Vyborg is a city in Russia, administrative center of Vyborg municipal district of Leningrad oblast. The city is located about 120 km from the historic center of St. Petersburg and 27 km from the border with Finland.

Vyborg, founded in the Middle Ages by Swedes, is among the historical cities of Russia. Until 1940 it was the second largest city in Finland. Vyborg has over 300 different monuments: architectural, historical, sculptures, archaeological, landscape art. The photos were captured by Andrey Rumyantsev.

Vyborg city, Russia view 1

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Mar/11

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Ancient kremlin of Velikiy Novgorod

A lot of monuments of ancient architecture were preserved in Velikiy Novgorod. The oldest of them is St. Sophia Cathedral, which construction started in 1045.

The cathedral is located inside the Kremlin – the historic center of the city (the present day walls were erected in the 15th century). The photos were captured by Petr Ushanov.

Velikiy Novgorod, Russia kremlin view 1

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Kolomna is a city in the Moscow region of Russia, administrative center of the Kolomna district, a river port.

The city was mentioned in the Laurentian Chronicle in 1177 as an existing, but according to recent excavations the foundation of the city belongs to the years 1140-1160.

Kolomna city, Russia view 1

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Mar/11

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Picturesque streets of Samara

Several impressive views of Samara city streets architecture captured by ctulhuftagn.

Samara, Russia picturesque streets view 1

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Rybinsk city is located in Yaroslavl oblast of Russia and has the population of about 207,000. Rybinsk received its coat of arms, present name and status of the city in 1777. The name can be translated as “The fish city”. Rybinsk is known for the preserved architectural monuments of the late 18th – early 20th century. The following photos of Rybinsk were captured by Maxim Yashin.

Rybinsk city, Russia view 1

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Biathlon stars gathered in these days in Russia’s Khanty-Mansiysk. The world championship will be held there in the capital of Yugra March 1-13. Favorites are known, but who will be the first and collect the greatest number of awards, it will become clear after two weeks.

In the meantime, fans are anticipating the exciting battles on the track and the small stadium in Khanty-Mansiysk. Here are some views of the stadium and the surroundings captured by Padunskiy.

Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia biathlon championship 2011 view 1

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Novosibirsk museum of railway equipment named after N.A.Akulinin is located in Sovetsky district of Novosibirsk oblast, near railway station Seyatel, on the road from Novosibirsk city to Akademgorodok.

The museum has a large collection of steam locomotives, diesel locomotives, electric locomotives and wagons, mostly working on the railways in Western Siberia. The photos were captured by Victor Borisov.

Novosibirsk museum of railway equipment view 1

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Feb/11

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North Caucasus nature and life sceneries

The following pictures were captured during the trip from Kislovodsk (Stavropol krai) to Dombai (Karachay-Cherkessia republic) by Maxim Yashin (all the photos are clickable).

Kislovodsk-Dombai road, Russia view 1

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