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Solovetsky Islands or simply Solovki is an archipelago located in the White Sea (Arkhangelsk oblast), consisting of six major islands and more than 100 small islands.

The archipelago and the five-kilometer water area of ​​the White Sea are included in the protected area “Solovetsky State Historical and Architectural Museum-Reserve.” Photos by: Petr Ushanov.

Solovki - the beauty of the Russian North, photo 1

winter on Solovki

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Kamchatka – the land of bears and foxes

Kamchatka, a peninsula in Russia, is located in the north-eastern part of Eurasia. The peninsula, stretching from north to south for 1,200 km, is washed by the Sea of Okhotsk in the west, the Bering Sea and the Pacific Ocean in the east.

A large part of the territory of the Kamchatka peninsula belongs to the protected areas (natural reserves). The most photogenic representatives of the local wildlife are bears and foxes. Take a look for yourself! Photos by: Andrei Kireev.

Bears and foxes of Kamchatka, Russia, photo 1

the beauty of untouched nature

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Amazing scenery of Ukok Plateau

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

It is a unique and beautiful place that keeps a lot of secrets and unsolved mysteries, with hundreds of lakes and rivers and snowy mountains. Ukok Plateau on Google Maps. Photos by: Anton Petrus.

Plateau Ukok, Altai Republic, Russia, photo 1

beautiful remote place

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The beauty of the ice of Lake Baikal

Baikal is a lake of tectonic origin located in the southern part of Eastern Siberia, the deepest lake in the world (1,642 meters) and the largest natural reservoir of fresh water (19%).

It is situated in the center of Asia, on the border of the Irkutsk region and the Republic of Buryatia. The lake stretches from the southwest to the northeast for 620 km in the form of a giant crescent. The width of the lake is in the range of 24 to 79 km.

The beauty of the ice of Lake Baikal, Russia, photo 1

amazing scenery

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Joseph Daziaro (1806-1865) came to the Russian Empire from Italy in the early 1820s. He started publishing business, his firm was Russia’s first private publishing house of printed art graphics.

Let’s look at his lithographs united under the title “Memories of St. Petersburg.” Most of them were made on the basis of pictures drawn by Charlemagne brothers: Josif Charlemagne (1824-1870) and Adolf Charlemagne (1826-1901). Source: aldusku.

Dvortsovy (Palace) Bridge.

St. Petersburg in the 1850s in Daziaro lithographs, Russia, picture 1

back to the past

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New Jerusalem Monastery in Istra

Voskresensky New Jerusalem Monastery is a historic monastery located in the town of Istra in the Moscow region.

The monastery was founded by Patriarch Nikon in 1656. The plan was to recreate the holy places of Palestine, it was the embodiment of the idea of Moscow as the “Third Rome” located in Russia.

New Jerusalem Monastery, Istra, Russia, photo 1

Russian Jerusalem

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Manpupuner rock formations or Pillars of weathering are a geological monument located in the Komi Republic, on the territory of the Pechora-Ilych nature reserve, on the mountain Man-Pupu-ner (“a small mountain of idols” on the Mansi language).

The height of the pillars varies from 30 to 42 meters. There are numerous legends associated with this unique place, it was the object of the Mansi cult.

Manpupuner rock formations, Komi Republic, Russia, photo 1

amazing natural wonder

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Voskresenskoye is a small village with a population of about 6,000 people located 130 km north-east of Nizhny Novgorod, on the banks of the Vetluga River. Voskresenskoye is known since the 16th century as a trading village. Local residents were busy in agriculture and timber industry.

Let’s take a look at the estate built by Sergey Nikanorovich Belyaev, one of the main local timber merchants, in 1904-1905. This amazing building decorated with old Russian carving is a shining example of the merchant’s house built using motifs of Russian folk architecture. Voskresenskoye on Google Maps. Photos by: Denis Spirin.

Belyaev Manor, Voskresenskoye, Russia, photo 1

beautiful wooden house

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Cape Stolbchaty is located in the east of Kunashir Island in the Sakhalin region. It consists of layers of basaltic lava of Mendeleev volcano with a well defined columnar jointing in the form of 5- and 6-sided columns.

As a result of erosion, volcanic rocks are gradually destroyed forming spectacular, 40-50 meter high cliffs. Thanks to its unique and picturesque landscape, this cape is a popular tourist site. Cape Stolbchaty on Google Maps. Photos by: lusika33.

Cape Stolbchaty, Kunashir Island, Russia, photo 1

amazing place

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Eleven host cities of FIFA World Cup 2018, that will be held in Russia, got their unique symbols to demonstrate to the world their cultural values, architectural features, and natural beauty.

The idea is good but the result as you can see is controversial. This giant red snake looks a little intimidating. Source.

Moscow

Official Look of Host Cities of World Cup 2018 in Russia - Moscow

symbols of World Cup 2018

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