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The village of Dubrovitsy, located in the Podolsk district of the Moscow region, about 36 km from the center of Moscow, is famous for its preserved old manor with an amazing church.

This Orthodox church, named after the icon of the Mother of God “The Sign”, was built of white stone in 1690-1703. It is famous for its unique architecture, unusual for Russian architecture. Photos by: Alexander Maretsky.

Znamenskaya Church, Dubrovitsy, Russia, photo 1

wonderful church

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Church of the Beheading of John the Baptist in Dyakovo is one of the two survived multi-pillar churches of the 16th century, an outstanding monument of Russian architecture.

The church is situated in the territory of Kolomenskoye Museum-Reserve in the Southern Administrative District of Moscow. In the 16th century, the royal residence was located in this area.

Church of John the Baptist, Dyakovo, Russia, photo 1

interesting architectural monument

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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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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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Jan/16

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Nilov Monastery on Lake Seliger

Nilov Monastery is an Orthodox monastery located on Stolobny Island and partly on Svetlitsa Peninsula, 10 km north of the town of Ostashkov, on Lake Seliger in the Tver region.

The monastery was named after Reverend Nilus Stolobensky born at the end of the 15th century. The magnificent monastery complex that you can see today was erected in the 18th-19th centuries. At that time it was one of the largest monasteries in the Russian Empire and the most visited Russian shrine. Nilov Monastery on Google Maps. Photos by: Denis Spirin.

Nilov Monastery, Seliger, Tver region, Russia, photo 1

very picturesque monastery

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Blagoveshchenye is a small village located near Sergiev Posad in the Moscow region. It is famous for its wooden church that gave its name to the village.

Church of the Annunciation was built in the center of the village at the end of the 17th century. This church is an interesting example of Russian wooden architecture, an important monument of culture and history. It is the oldest monument of wooden architecture of the 17th century in the region. Photos by: Alexander Maretsky.

The first snow in the village of Blagoveshchenye, Moscow region, Russia, photo 1

frosty autumn

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Kronstadt Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Saint Petersburg was built on the project of the outstanding Russian architect V.A. Kosyakov as the main church of the Russian Navy in 1903-1913. On the memorial plaques installed inside the church, you can see the names of sailors who died in the line of duty.

Originally, the cathedral had richly decorated exterior and interior. In Soviet times, it was closed (1929) and was used as a movie theater, and later – as a club. Unfortunately, almost all historical decoration was lost.

Interior of the Naval Cathedral in Kronstadt, Russia, photo 1

beautiful historic interior

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Sep/15

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The Temple of All Religions in Kazan

In Kazan, the capital city of Tatarstan Republic, there is an amazing place that combines the world’s major religions. It is called the Temple of All Religions or the Temple of Seven Religions or the Universal Temple.

The temple combines images of religious buildings of different faiths in an attempt to achieve harmony and peaceful coexistence. Photos by: Anton Petrus.

The Temple of All Religions, Kazan, Russia, photo 1

unique colorful temple

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The Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas is the last and largest naval cathedral of the Russian Empire built in Kronstadt (a small town which is part of St. Petersburg) in 1903-1913. It is the tallest building in Kronstadt (70.5 meters).

This majestic cathedral is a monument to all sailors of the Russian Navy. Kronstadt, founded by order of Peter I, was the main naval base of the Baltic Fleet since 1720s. Since 2013, the cathedral is considered the main church of the Russian Navy. Photos by: Yuri Yuhanson.

Kronstadt Naval Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Russia, photo 1

wonderful cathedral

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St. Isaac’s Cathedral (the Cathedral of St. Isaac of Dalmatia) is the largest Orthodox church in St. Petersburg, located on St. Isaac’s Square.

It is an outstanding example of late classicism with a number of new directions (neo-Renaissance, Byzantine style, eclecticism). This unique architectural structure is a high-altitude dominant of the central part of the city.

St. Isaac's Cathedral, Saint Petersburg, Russia, photo 1

architectural masterpiece

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