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The country estate of Kuskovo on the outskirts of the modern Moscow is a unique monument of artistic culture of the 18th century. It is one of the earliest surviving summer country seats in Russia. This country estate was built through the count Sheremetevs request for parties, large theatrical performances and mass outdoor festivities. The architectural complex of Kuskovo includes 20 unique architectural monuments. The mansion-house survived its interiors, full of authentic accessories and art works of the Russian and European artists.


The national biosphere reserve "Prioksko-Terrasniy" is situated in the south of the Moscow Region in 12 km from the city of Serpukhov and next to Danki settlement. Leaping ahead, the species living in the reserve are interesting every way, but the location of such an ecosystem in the Moscow Region is really unusual.


Instead of its name, this town has with Poland nothing to do. Polsky means here Laying in the fields, in contrast with another Yuryev which is in 80 km from Kiev. Yuryev-Polsky is an old Russian town and the administrative center of Yuryev-Polsky District of Vladimir Oblast, Russia, located in the upper reaches of the Koloksha River, 68 km northwest of Vladimir. It was founded by the same person whose name is associable with Moscow. Instead of Moscow, it was actually Yuri Dolgoruky, who founded Yuryev-Polsky in 1152. The Prince named the town in favorem of him. As it is obvious from the date, Yuryev-Polsky is one of the oldest towns in the central Russia.


Novodevichy convent is situated in the South-Western part of Moscow on the bank of Moscow-river. The religious house was funded in 1525 is a witness of few historical events during its existence. The architectural ensemble is very notable for its structural integrity


The article is mainly about history and archaeological findings of Staraya Ryazan, the ancient Russian city ruined in an instant during the Tatar invasion headed by Batu in 1237 and never came alive again.


The Pskov Krom (in other words Kremlin) is historical and architectural centre of Pskov. It consists of fortification system and some buildings including The Holy Trinity cathedral and commercial buildings of 17th century. Krom is built upon the confluence of rivers Pskova and Velikaya. Its square is about 3 ha. From 11th to 16th century Krom was the centre of spiritual life, administration and law of the medieval Pskov.


The article describes particular qualities and some places of interest in Veliky Novgorod


Kolomenskoye is a former village in the South-East of Moscow, on the high right bank of the Moscow River. The area has been known since the 14th century, and in the 15th-17th century it was a country estate of Russian tsars. At the moment reconstruction works are held in the estate, along with building of attractions and infrastructure maintenance.


There are two zones with famous names at Kamchatka: the Valley of Geysers and the Valley of Death. While quite many people have read about the first zone, the second one is less known and infamous for animals and birds mass mortality.


The image of Karelia, one of the Russian regions, is first of all associated with a land of blue lakes. Indeed, here there are a lot of lakes over 61 thousand. In a number of lakes per 1000 square kilometres Karelia takes the first position not only in Russia but also in the world.


A short guide to the best open-air places in Moscow to go to.


In the Soviet times Chechnya attracted tourists from the entire country, but after the armed conflict with Russia the republic got the reputation of a crisis spot. Despite the current post-war conditions, Chechnya intends to develop its travel infrastructure and to become a Chechen Switzerland.


For more than a hundred years the Sanduny Bath House (or the Sanduny) remains a symbol of the Russian bath tradition. Since the very opening day it has been one of the centres of social life in Moscow: something like an English club for the noblemen and a health centre for ordinary people.


The process of creation of the Japanese Garden in Moscow turned into a huge scientific and social experiment. The Russians were doing something they had never done before, and the Japanese later confessed that it was the hardest project in their practice, and therefore their favourite one. As a result, a wonderful landscape so untypical for Russia was created on the territory of 2.7 hectares.


While in the Middle Ages the Gothic architectural style was invading Europe, Russian architecture was under the influence of Byzantine civilization. However, there are some rare examples of Russian Gothic scattered in historical streets of Moscow. In fact, Gothic architecture reached the country only during the period of neo-Gothic art, at the end of the 18th century.


A pearl of Russian nature, Seliger Lake, is situated in the centre of the country between Moscow and St. Petersburg, amongst the forest territory of Valdai Hills. Seliger is a big and beautiful system of lakes linked by effluents, with a lot of small islands, and is surrounded by forests, including pine woods rich in mushrooms and berries.


Four thousand years ago the local dwellers suddenly left the town of Arkaim located in the south of the present Chelyabinsk Region and burnt the empty settlement. The town had a circular structure coordinated with the stars order. Many believe in mystical characteristics of the area and link it with the legends of ancient Siberia and the Urals.


All geysers in the Valley differ from each other: the geyser called Triple is remarkable for its grey-brown colouring of geyserites; the Sugar geyser looks like a huge lily flower; the Big geyser has the highest fountain, while the Small geyser is the most powerful in the quantity of water debouched per day.


Kungur Ice Cave is one of the biggest caves in the world and the only in Russia cave purposely equipped for excursions. This unique natural monument, surrounded with multiple legends, is located in the Urals, between Perm and Yekaterinburg.


As the capital of the country, Moscow is perhaps the most visited place in Russia. However, not all tourists and city guests may have enough time to visit all worth sightseeings and see all the interesting things that Moscow can offer. In this case, one must know what places of the many it is better to focus on first.


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