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Rozhdestvenskaya is a stanitsa (a Cossack village) with a population of about 2,800 people located in Stavropol Krai in Southern Russia, about 35 km northwest of Stavropol. This settlement, founded in 1797, was named after the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The main architectural attraction of Rozhdestvenskaya is the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (1873) – one of the few preserved monuments of wooden architecture in the region, a cultural heritage site of regional importance. Rozhdestvenskaya on Google Maps. Photos by: Fedor Lashkov.

Church of the Nativity of Mary in Rozhdestvenskaya, Stavropol Krai, Russia, photo 1

beautiful wooden church

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Dec/19

10

The Best Sights of the Moscow Kremlin

The Moscow Kremlin is a fortress located in the center of Moscow. The oldest part of the city, it is the main socio-political and historical-artistic complex of the capital of Russia.

The fortress has a triangle shape with an area of 27.5 hectares. The southern wall faces the Moscow River, the northwestern – Alexander Gardens, the eastern – Red Square. In 1990, the Moscow Kremlin was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Photos by: Alexander Lipilin.

The Best Sights of the Moscow Kremlin, Russia, photo 1

walk around the Moscow Kremlin

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Zelenchuk churches (Northern, Middle, and Southern) are the three oldest Orthodox churches of the Caucasus located in the valley of the Bolshoy Zelenchuk River near the village of Nizhniy Arkhyz in the central part of the Republic of Karachay-Cherkessia.

Northern Zelenchuk Church, the largest of them, was constructed in the late 10th – early 11th centuries. This beautiful building, harmoniously integrated into the surrounding landscape, is built of sandstone. The basis of the construction is a cross with a dome in the center. Northern Zelenchuk Church on Google Maps. Photos by: Fedor Lashkov.

Northern Zelenchuk Church in Nizhniy Arkhyz, Russia, photo 1

very picturesque old church

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The Orthodox Church of the Apostles Peter and Paul in Basmannaya Sloboda (1705-1728) is one of the few examples of Petrine Baroque in Moscow, inspired by Western European forms and having little in common with Old Russian architectural tradition (Novaya Basmannaya Street, 11).

It is noteworthy that this stone church was built according to the drawing of Peter I. In total, Peter I made eight drawings of churches. Seven of them were built in St. Petersburg, and only one in Moscow.

Peter and Paul Church, Moscow, Russia, photo 1

unique church

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The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary (1901-1911) is a neo-Gothic church located in Moscow (Malaya Gruzinskaya Street, 27/13).

It is the largest Catholic cathedral in Russia and one of the three currently functioning Catholic churches in Moscow, along with the Church of St. Louis of the French (Malaya Lubyanka, 12/7, str. 8) and the Church of St. Olga of the Roman (Lyublino District, Proyezd Kirova, 6).

The Largest Catholic Cathedral in Russia, photo 1

picturesque Catholic church

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The Church of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God is a famous architectural monument of the Russian pseudo-gothic located in the village of Bykovo in the Ramensky district of the Moscow region, about 40 km south-east of the center of Moscow.

This picturesque church combining baroque and gothic forms was built on the territory of the Vorontsov-Dashkov estate in 1789. The estate itself is an outstanding example of Russian architecture and decorative arts of the era of Emperor Nicholas I. Bykovo on Google Maps. Photos by: Vladimir d’Ar.

Church of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God in Bykovo, Moscow Oblast, Russia, photo 1

amazing church

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The Cathedral of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, the main church in Stavropol, was originally built in 1843-1847, the bell tower – in 1858-1873. In the 1930s, the cathedral was destroyed and the bell tower was used as a radio mast, and then – a parachute tower. May 11, 1943, the bell tower was blown up by order of local party leaders.

The cathedral was restored on the old foundation in 2004-2012. April 25, 2019, the main dome with a cross was installed on the bell tower of the Kazan Cathedral of Stavropol. It was on this day that the cathedral finally found its original appearance. Photos by: Fedor Lashkov.

The Kazan Cathedral, Stavropol, Russia, photo 1

beautiful cathedral

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May/19

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Nikolo-Ugreshsky Monastery from above

Nikolo-Ugreshsky Monastery is a monastery of the Russian Orthodox Church located in the city of Dzerzhinsky in the Moscow region, about 26 km south-east of the center of Moscow. The monastery was founded by the Grand Duke Dmitry Donskoy in 1380, in the place of the appearance of the icon of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker.

According to legend, it was in this place that his army stopped to rest on the way to the Kulikovo field. The appearance of the icon strengthened Dmitry Donskoy with faith and hope. He said “Siya vsya ugresha serdtse moye” (“This has warmed my heart”). Since then, this place is called Ugresha, and the monastery itself was named Nikolo-Ugreshsky. Nikolo-Ugreshsky Monastery on Google Maps. Photos by: Vadim Razumov.

Nikolo-Ugreshsky Monastery in Dzerzhinsky, Moscow Oblast, Russia, photo 1

fly over Nikolo-Ugreshsky Monastery

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Apr/19

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Tutayev – the view from above

Tutayev is a historic town with a population of about 40 thousand people located on both banks of the Volga River in the Yaroslavl region, about 35 km north-west of Yaroslavl. This is one of the twelve places included in the Golden Ring of Russia – a popular tourist route passing through the old towns of North-Eastern Russia.

The churches of Tutayev, picturesquely scattered on the hilly banks of the Volga, are the main sights of this town and attract tourists and architecture lovers. The photos were taken in March when Tutayev was still covered with snow. Photos by: Roman Smirnov.

Tutayev, Russia - the view from above, photo 1

fly over Tutayev

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Mar/19

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St. Andronicus Monastery in Moscow

St. Andronicus Monastery is a complex of buildings of the former monastery of the Russian Orthodox Church located on the left bank of the Yauza River, near one of the Poklonny Mountains of Moscow.

The monastery, founded in 1357, was named after its first hegumen, Andronicus, a disciple of Sergius of Radonezh. St. Andronicus Monastery on Google Maps. Photos by: Vladimir Dar.

St. Andronicus Monastery in Moscow, Russia, photo 1

beautiful churches and a unique museum

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