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Tyumen, founded in 1586, is a large city with a population of more than 700 thousand people located in the south of Western Siberia, about 2,200 km east of Moscow, the administrative center of the Tyumen region.

It was founded as a defensive outpost, which played an important role during the initial colonization of Siberia and the Far East. In the 18th-19th centuries, the town turned into a large transit and trade center, as well as a center of crafts. Photos by: Slava Stepanov.

Tyumen - the First Russian City in Siberia, photo 1

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Khovrino Abandoned Hospital (also known as Umbrella) is a huge building located in the north of Moscow in the Khovrino District. The building area is 100 thousand square meters, the total land area – 2.4 hectares.

Construction of the hospital began in 1980. However, after five years of construction, it was suspended in 1985. From that moment on, the hospital remained unfinished and abandoned. October 23, 2018, the demolition of the building began. Khovrino Abandoned Hospital on Google Maps. Photos by: Alexander Popov.

Abandoned Khovrino Hospital, Moscow, Russia, photo 1

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Izborsk, first mentioned in 862, is one of the oldest Russian towns. Today, it is a tourist center with the status of the state historical, cultural and natural museum-reserve located in the Pechora district of the Pskov region, 32 km south-west of Pskov.

The main attraction of Izborsk is its old limestone fortress built in the first half of the 14th century. Inside you can also see the Nikolsky Cathedral of the 14th century. Izborsk Fortress on Google Maps. Photos by: Stanislav Konstantinov.

Izborsk Fortress, Russia, photo 1

picturesque stone fortress

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The ensemble of the Monastery of St. Jacob Saviour (Spaso-Yakovlevsky Monastery in Russian) stands on the shore of Lake Nero on the western outskirts of Rostov Veliky (Rostov the Great) – one of the oldest towns in Russia, located 58 km south-west of Yaroslavl.

The panorama of this monastery with a picturesque combination of architectural forms of various styles – pseudo-Gothic towers, baroque and classical churches – gives the impression of a fairy tale castle perfectly fitting the lake landscape. Spaso-Yakovlevsky Monastery on Google Maps. Photos by: Vadim Razumov.

Spaso-Yakovlevsky Monastery, Rostov the Great, Russia, photo 1

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The Borisoglebsky Monastery in Torzhok, a town located 63 km north-west of Tver, is considered the oldest monastery in the Tver region.

It was founded by the boyar Efrem, a former stableman of Kiev Prince Vladimir I Svyatoslavich, in 1038. That year a stone church was built, named in honor of Boris and Gleb – the first saints of Kievan Rus. Torzhok on Google Maps. Photos by: Dmitry Gazin.

Borisoglebsky Monastery in Torzhok, Tver region, Russia, photo 1

beautiful old monastery

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1. To make the longest train trip in the world.

What comes to your mind when you hear “traveling to Russia“? Probably first thing is that Russia is the biggest country in the world. The second thing is Russian winter and fur hats, and the third stereotype is an expectation to see Russian bear playing on balalaika and drinking vodka.

Russia is not only these things mentioned above, though it’s hard to meet a bear somewhere in the street. Russia is first of all diversity. Diversity means a range of different cultures, traditions, cuisines, natural landscape, people.

Travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway - the Longest Train Trip in the World

explore Russia by train

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“Grand Maket Rossiya”, a private museum located in St. Petersburg (Tsvetochnaya Street, 16), is a 1:87 scale model layout with a total area of 800 square meters, where typical scenes from life of different regions of the Russian Federation are combined.

This is the largest model layout in Russia and the second largest in the world (after Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany). It is very detailed, let’s look only at some of the presented mini-plots. Grand Maket Rossiya on Google Maps. Photos by: Stanislav Konstantinov.

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amazing mini Russia

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Krasnoye is a village with a population of about 400 people located in the Staritsky district of the Tver region, 100 km south-west of Tver.

The main attraction of the village is a beautiful pseudo-Gothic church – the Church of the Transfiguration of the Savior (1785-1790) built on the territory of the former estate of the noble family of Poltoratsky. Krasnoye on Google Maps. Photos by: Vadim Razumov.

Transfiguration Church in Krasnoye,Tver region, Russia, photo 1

magnificent church

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St. Paphnutius of Borovsk Monastery

Nativity of the Virgin St. Paphnutius of Borovsk Monastery is located on the outskirts of the town of Borovsk in the Kaluga region, about 90 km north of Kaluga and 100 km south-west of Moscow.

The monastery was founded by the monk Paphnutius of Borovsk in 1444. In the 16th century, the monastery was surrounded by stone walls and fortifications, it turned into a strong border fortress. St. Paphnutius of Borovsk Monastery on Google Maps. Photos by: Vladimir Dar.

St. Paphnutius of Borovsk Monastery, Russia, photo 1

very picturesque monastery

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The Central Children’s Store on Lubyanka or Tsentral’nyy Detskiy Magazin (in Russian) is a department store with goods for children and youth built in the center of Moscow in 1953-1957. Opened in 1957, it became the biggest children’s store in the USSR.

In 2005, the building received the status of a cultural heritage site of the regional level. In 2006-2015, the building was completely reconstructed. The Central Children’s Store on Google Maps. Photos by: Stanislav Konstantinov.

Moscow from the Roof of the Central Children's Store, photo 1

center of Moscow from the roof

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