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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


The Staritskiy Holy Dormition Monastery is an Orthodox Monastery located in the town of Staritsa in Tver region.

The monastery was founded in the first half of the 16th century. In 1919, the monastery was closed, and, in 1930, the wall with corner towers, that surrounded the monastery, was demolished. By 2013, the monastery was restored in its original form. Photo by Ilya Melikhov

The Staritskiy Holy Dormition Monastery, Russia


Kul Sharif Mosque is standing on the territory of the Kazan Kremlin. It is the main mosque of the Republic of Tatarstan and Kazan.

Construction of the mosque began in 1996. It was a re-creation of the legendary mosque of the capital of the Kazan Khanate that was destroyed during the storming of Kazan by the troops of Ivan the Terrible in October 1552.

Kul-Sharif Mosque, Kazan, Russia, photo 1

the symbol of Tatarstan

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Orthodox Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, also known as the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, was built on the place where March 1, 1881, as a result of the assassination, the Emperor Alexander II was mortally wounded.

The church was built by the order of the Emperor Alexander III in 1883-1907 as a monument to the Emperor Alexander II with funds collected throughout Russia. It is standing in the historic center of Saint Petersburg on the banks of Griboedov Canal near the Mikhailovsky Garden. The height of the church – 81 meters, the total capacity – up to 1,600 people. Photo by Andrey Rumyantsev

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg, Russia




Church of the Savior on Blood

Church of the Savior on Blood in St. Petersburg was built in 1883-1907 to commemorate the fact that at this place, in 1881, as a result of the assassination, the Emperor Alexander II was mortally wounded. Height of the church is 81 meters.

It was built as a memorial to Alexander II of the money raised throughout Russia. This beautiful church, museum and architectural monument, is located in the historic center of St. Petersburg on the bank of the Griboyedov Canal near Mikhailovsky Garden. Photos by deletant

Church of the Savior on Blood, Saint Petersburg, Russia, photo 1

let’s go on a tour of the church

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Near the town of Podolsk, on the confluence of the Desna and Pakhra, the Dubrovitsy Estate is located.

It is famous for its Church of the Sign of the Most Holy Mother of God made in the style of European Baroque. This style was not typical for the traditional Russian church architecture.

Unique Baroque Church in the Dubrovitsy Estate, Podolsk, Russia photo 1

more info about this unique church

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This majestic Savior Cathedral, built in the early 20th century, is standing in the center of the small village Kukoboy (population about 1,000). The cathedral is a picturesque temple constructed in high artistic style.

It is considered one of the most beautiful churches in Yaroslavl region and in all Russia. The temple impresses in its beauty and amazing proportions, rich ornamentation of white facing stone. Photos by Denis Spirin

Savior Cathedral, Kukoboy village, Yaroslavl region, Russia photo 1


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Valery Busygin was born in 1952 in Morshansk, small town located in the north of Tambov oblast. In 1972 he graduated from Penza Art College named after K.A.Savitsky. Since 1990 the artist participated in a lot of exhibitions in Russia and abroad.

The paintings of Valery Busygin are exhibited in galleries: “Charles Hecht Galleries” Los Angeles, “Gabreal Franklin Galleries” Santa Cruz, “Richard Thomas Galleries” San Francisco, Monterey, Laguna Beach, (USA) and in private collections in Russia and abroad (more paintings of Valery Busygin).

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Pochozersky church complex built in the 17th-18th centuries is unique architectural ensemble consisting of two churches and bell tower – one of five remaining in the Russian North, and one of only three in Arkhangelsk oblast.

The complex is of significant historical and architectural value due to the fact that it has extremely rare in the Russian wooden architecture diagonal three-dimensional composition, which is unique in Russia. Photos by Constantin Voutsen

Pochozersky church, Arkhangelsk oblast, Russia view 1


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This mosque was officially opened in Saint Petersburg on February 22, 1913, on the second day of celebrations to mark the 300th anniversary of the reign of the Romanovs. The building of the mosque was constructed in 1909-1920.

The design of the mosque was based on Gur-Emir Mausoleum located in Samarkand. From 1927 to 1930 and from 1940 to 1956, the mosque was closed. In 1956 the mosque was returned to the Muslims. Photos by Yura Osinin.

Beautiful mosaic of mosque in Saint Petersburg, Russia view 1