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The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius

The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius is the largest Orthodox Monastery in Russia, located in the center of Sergiev Posad in Moscow region.

It is considered that the monastery was founded in 1337. In the Middle Ages, the monastery played a prominent role in the political life of the North-Eastern Russia. Photos by Dmitry Gazin


the largest Russian monastery

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Gorky nuclear heating plant is an unfinished station for the production of thermal energy for heating Nagorny district of Nizhny Novgorod (former Gorky). Construction of the station was carried out in the 1980s, a few kilometers east of the city limits.

By the end of the 1980s, the station was finished by 85%, but due to public outcry and a growing budget deficit, the completion of construction of the station in the post-Chernobyl period was impossible, and the station was abandoned. Photos by Lana Sator

Abandoned nuclear heating plant in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, photo 1

explore the station

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The Dormition Cathedral in Vladimir

The Dormition (Uspenskiy) Cathedral in Vladimir is an outstanding monument of white-stone architecture of pre-Mongol Russia (the 12th century). Today, it is the cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church and the National Museum.

Historically, before the rise of Moscow, it was the main cathedral of Vladimir-Suzdal Russia. This cathedral is one of the few temples with preserved frescoes of Andrei Rublev. In 1992, the Dormition Cathedral was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage. Photos by Petr Ushanov

The Dormition Cathedral in Vladimir, Russia, photo 1

beautiful architectural monument

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November 18, 2014, the mine Solikamsk-2, owned by a Russian company “Uralkali”, was partially flooded. All the miners were safely evacuated, and the work was suspended. The mine is located near the town of Solikamsk in Perm region.

After some time, 3.5 km from the mine, on the territory occupied by garden plots of Solikamsk residents, a giant sinkhole (30×40 meters) was found. Risks of expansion of the sinkhole and its danger to the city are still not fully understood.

Giant sinkhole near Solikamsk in Perm region, Russia, photo 1

the gate to the underworld




Mountainous Chechnya in late autumn

The Chechen Republic is located in the North Caucasus, in the valleys of the rivers Terek and Sunzha.

The northern part of the republic is the steppes and semi-deserts (Tersko-Kumskaya lowland), the central part – the forest-steppe plains (Chechen plain), the southern part – the Caucasus Mountains.

Mountainous Chechnya in late autumn, Russia, photo 1

the beauty of the mountain nature

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Feel the atmosphere of St. Petersburg

Early morning in November. What a great atmospheric photo of St. Petersburg – the city known for its rainy weather and beautiful landmarks. Photo by Eduard Gordeev

Feel the atmosphere of St. Petersburg, Russia


Dalniye Zelentsy village is standing on the shore of a small bay (Oscar Bay) of the Barents Sea in Kolsky district of Murmansk region.

In 1935, Murmansk Biological Station was opened in this place. In 1958, it was reorganized in Murmansk Marine Biological Institute. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, almost all people left this place.

Abandoned Base of Murmansk Marine Biological Institute, Russia, photo 1

picturesque abandoned base

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The church of St. Andrew on the Vuoksa River

Away from the noise of big cities, in the middle of the water surface of the Vuoksa River (Priozersky district of Leningrad Oblast), you can find this beautiful church.

The church of St. Andrew is the only church in the world built on a tiny island, a solid rock protruding from the water serves as the foundation. It is the perfect place for solitude with nature and reflection on life. The church on Google Maps. Photo by Eduard Gordeev.

The church of St. Andrew on the Vuoksa River, Russia




Bird’s eye views of Moscow

Moscow, the capital of Russia, is the largest city of the country (population – more than 12 million people). It is the most populated of the cities located entirely in Europe.

Moscow is an important tourist center of Russia. Let’s look at some sights of the city from a height. Photos by Stepanov Slava

Bird's eye views of Moscow, Russia, photo 1

fly above Moscow




Somewhere in the origins of the Pechora

The Pechora is a river in Komi Republic and Nenets Autonomous District of Russia. This 1809 km long river originates in the Northern Urals, in the southeastern part of the Republic of Komi. Photo by Sergey Makurin

Somewhere in the origins of the Pechora River, Russia