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Places to see & things to do in Russia

A country of breathing history, welcoming people, and sprawling geography, Russia boasts a never-ending stream of splendors.

Its onion-shaped domes, inspired by exotic Byzantine imperial palaces and churches and ancient castles built to fend off the terror-inspiring Mongol Golden Horde tower above sightseers. Continent-spanning railroads, the longest in the world, constructed by Imperial Russian and Soviet architects, offer so many destinations that the travel possibilities are endless!

Consider its 1150 years of history. Formed by the merging of Viking military leadership with the dreams and ambitions of a people who commanded the great trading routes of Eastern Europe, it is no great surprise that today it is the world’s largest country.

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How did Russia get so big? Brief notes about Russian history

Of course, what Russia is today is the result of a young Romanov prince who dreamt of sailing the world’s seas. Peter the Great was so taken by the idea of building a Russian navy that he first fought a war with Sweden for control of the Baltic, and then fought a war with the Turks for a foothold on the Black Sea. He went to Western Europe in a Great Embassy, bringing back not only naval technology, but the know-how to build a more organized and modern Russia. Inspired by European cultures and traditions, Peter dragged Russia into its own renaissance, and his mostly landlocked and relatively backwards Empire blossomed into a modern world power. The names of Catherine the Great, and perhaps even Napoleon Bonaparte’s rival for control of the continent, Tsar Alexander I, are familiar to most people interested in this great country. So, too, is Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia, and Vladimir Lenin, the revolutionary that brought him down. His protege, Joseph Stalin, actually a native of the Transcaucasus nation of Georgia, also comes to mind when thinking of those who politically advanced the country onto the world stage. Naturally, so do its most recent leaders, the last Soviet Chairman Mikhail Gorbachev, the tank-defying first President of the Russian Federation Boris Yeltsin, and the presidential team of Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev.

However, this has been a country also of great scientists and explorers - Vladimir Shukhov advanced Russian engineering in the fields of hyperboloid structures and petroleum production, and Admiral Thaddeus von Bellinghausen is credited for discovering Antarctica, sighting the last continent just days before a U.S. expedition. Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin likewise beat the American space effort by becoming the first human to travel into space. And countless Russian scientists effectively established the founding principles of cold region engineering. Its culture, a mosaic of over a hundred ethnic groups, inspires the world, even today. The musical stirrings embodied in Tchaikovsky's works, the incredible expression of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s piano performances, the dramatic writing of Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and the reality-teasing humor of Ukrainian transplants Ilya Ilf and Yevgeni Petrov, all exemplify the talent that still lurks in the cities and countryside of Russia today. The marks of such great people and their incredible achievements are indelibly left upon both the face of Russia, and the course of advancement of humankind. Many of these great marks can be seen in the many astounding and inspirational buildings, statues, and passages that serve as monuments to these great contributions, and the people from which they emerged. Where the ambitions of the world’s largest nation will lead is anyone’s guess. However, one thing is certain: this centuries-long quest for greatness continues even today. To see it all requires the span of a lifetime. And of course the help of folks who know Russia.

5 Mind-Boggling Facts About Russia


Russia is vast. Siberia alone is 7 times bigger than Texas


In fact, Russia’s surface area is bigger than Pluto


Lake Baikal holds one-fifth of the world's fresh water


St. Petersburg has 221 museums, 2,000 libraries, 80+ theaters, 45 galleries


Over 9 million passengers use Moscow subway on weekdays


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