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Cultural and Ethnographic Center "My Russia" in Sochi
January 29, 2020 11:39

“My Russia”, an ethnographic center in Sochi, is a huge architectural complex 950 m long, surrounded by the Caucasus Mountains. The centre reflects the cultural characteristics of different regions of Russia, their traditions, cuisine, architecture and crafts. The ethnic park has 11 thematic pavilions, restaurants with national cuisine, museums and exhibitions, workshops and fairs. Only here you have the opportunity to see the cultural heritage of Russia in one place: such as the Buddhist temple in Buryatia or Siberian prison and the Kazan Kremlin.

Ethnopark "My Russia" was opened on the eve of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, on February 5, 2014. It was created so that the guests of the Olympics could see the history and culture of Russia in all   diversity in miniature. The complex was visited by a huge number of guests from all over the world. After the Olympics, the complex became a favorite place for Russian tourists who came to rest in Adler or Sochi, as well as local residents.  Absolutely everyone will be impressed by the local national flavor.

Opening hours of the ethnopark “My Russia” and prices in 2020

The park is open daily from 10:00 to 18:00, and entrance tickets cost 350 rubles for an adult and 250 rubles for children. You can buy them on the day of the visit at the box office.

Things to do

Each zone of the “My Russia” center in Sochi has its own sights and workshops. The exact scheme of their location can be found on the official website of the cultural center.


In this pavilion, the first thing you pay attention to is the towers. Historically, many towers were built in the Caucasus for defense purposes, as well as simply as a place of residence. Some of these towers have survived to the present day and are important medieval monuments. Also in the "Caucasus" zone you can observe the process of creating Untskul inlaid wood, as well as see various examples of local folk utensils.

Central Russia - Suzdal

Suzdal is one of the most beautiful cities in Russia and is included in the Golden Ring. The main association with Suzdal is Orthodox churches. The   city is often called the “museum city”.  

Krasnodar region

Kuban, due to various historical and geographical conditions, has always been a place of confluence of various cultures and peoples, especially Ukrainian and Russian. One of the unique phenomena existing in the Krasnodar Territory is the Cossacks, and therefore, to reflect the history of the region, the creators decided to build a model of the Cossack hut.


A copy of the Kremlin wall and several towers was erected in the Moscow pavilion.

Russian North

In the Middle Ages, many unique wooden buildings were created in the north of Russia.  One of the most famous monuments of wooden architecture is the complex on the island of Kizhi, which is often referred to as being built “without a single nail”. Naturally, a wooden building in the Russian style was created as a symbol of the north.

St. Petersburg 

Classical buildings erected in the 18th century set the style for the entire subsequent development of the city, and to illustrate the culture of St. Petersburg, it was decided to recreate one of these architectural ensembles.


Kazan is often called the third capital of Russia, and, just as in the real capital, a white-stone Kremlin has been preserved in the center of Kazan. The Kremlin, along with the Kul-Sharif mosque and the Kremlin embankment, are the main places on the checklist of any tourist who has arrived in Kazan.  


The Urals has always been the industrial, namely metallurgical, center of our country, and the products of the Demidov factories were considered the best in Europe. The Demidov brand was world famous, and their metal products were ubiquitous. That is why the Ural pavilion is decorated with a copy of one of the plants of Akinfiy and Nikita Demidov.


In the zone "Siberia" the central place is occupied by the model of the prison. Ostrog is a fortification that was built in Russia for the purpose of defense.  


In the area dedicated to Buryatia, it is worth seeing a Buddhist temple. Buryatia is the northernmost point where one of the movements of Buddhism, the Mahayana, is professed, and Buddhism had a significant impact on the culture of local peoples. The temple was built in the traditional form of the Dugan, that is, has a cruciform shape at the base, an altar part from the north and an ornate southern facade. The interior also has rich decor and a number of columns have been erected there.

In each zone, utensils, jewelry and household items of certain peoples are represented, as well as there are retail outlets where some of these items can be purchased as souvenirs.

Since the territory of the park is   pedestrian, the ethnocenter is a wonderful place   for summer walks. Picturesque views of the Caucasus Mountains and the mountain river Mzymta never leave visitors indifferent. Also, different master classe, fairs, animation programs and even bell concerts are constantly held here. 

There are also restaurants and cafes with national cuisine and ethnic interiors and ethnic hotels if you decide to stay in the park for several days.

How to get to the Center “My Russia” 

"My Russia" is located in Krasnaya Polyana in the immediate vicinity of the Rosa Khutor resort, so vacationers there just need to walk a bit to the park. Buses 105 and 135 also go from Sochi to the park. You can also get here by train from the railway station to Rosa Khutor station. You can also order a taxi to the main entrance via the Yandex.Taxi, UBER or Gett services.

Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Sochi Kazan St. Petersburg Moscow Russian regions 

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