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08.10.2020
 

Famous Cities in Russia

The territory of Russia is so large that it's not that hard to assume how diverse Russian culture and traditions are. Being one of the richest countries in the world, Russia is also wealthy in beautiful places worth seeing, scattered across its infinite expenses. Here is the list of Russian cities popular among tourists.

Moscow

It is no surprise that the list of the top-visited Russian cities is headed by the heart of the country, Moscow. This large metropolis is a sparkling whirlpool of the old and the new, housing thousands of attractions of particular travelers’ interest.

To see the classic beauty of Moscow, tourists usually head to the Red Square as it is one of the most photogenic spots of the Russian capital. This highlight features the majestic Kremlin, the onion-domed St. Basil's Cathedral, and the GUM department store, often wearing some fancy decorations.

Apart from that, to get a better vision of what Moscow is like, any traveler's agenda should include the Patriarch Ponds Park and the pedestrian Arbat Street with a huge number of nice cafes and summer terraces. If you are an art lover, it's a must to have a tour around the iconic Tretyakov Art Gallery and to watch an opera or ballet performance in the Bolshoi Opera Theater.

 

St. Petersburg

Legendary St. Petersburg, often referred to as the Venice of the North, can compete with Moscow for the title of the most beautiful city of the country. The former capital of the Russian Empire has incorporated the best traditions of Russian art and culture.

Most of the city center of contemporary St. Petersburg is an example of outstanding architecture. The fantastic Hermitage Museum, the Peter and Paul Fortress complex, Mariinsky Theater, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, and the Cathedral of the Savior on Blood stand at the top of unmissable places travelers desire to discover during their St. Petersburg tour.

However, the gems of the Northern Capital of Russia are not limited by the territory of the city. For a touch of royal atmosphere, city guests head to the impressive Catherine's Palace in Tsarskoye Selo or to the royal Peterhof Palace Complex, famous for its picturesque parks and fountains.

 

Kazan

Russia is the land of diversity which is home to numerous nations and cultures. One of the brightest examples of such multinationality is the Republic of Tatarstan with the capital in magnificent Kazan. The city is located on the confluence of Europe and Asia, the west and the east, and amazes travelers with its unique atmosphere.

Nowadays, Kazan is a developed urban center that boasts fantastic architecture and national traditions. While in Kazan, each traveler’s itinerary can’t do without visiting the ancient Kazan Kremlin, the multicolored Temple of All Religions, dedicated to people of a different faith, as well as the Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral. All in all, Kazan is a great city where ancestors’ customs harmoniously intertwine with contemporary structures and modern tendencies.

 

Ekaterinburg

Set east of the Ural Mountains, the city of Ekaterinburg is a great destination for history lovers as it has managed to maintain its identity due to the impressive number of beautiful churches, old mansions, palaces, and parks.

If you are somehow familiar with Russian history, you should visit the symbolic landmark of Ekaterinburg, the golden-domed Church on the Blood, which was built on the site of the notorious Ipatiev House where the former Emperor Nicholas Romanov and his family were executed.

Apart from that, a traveler can visit Ekaterinburg's numerous museums as well as the Rastorguev-Kharitonov Palace, the Novo-Tikhvinskiy Monastery, and the Metenkov House of Photography. To get the best panoramas, you may head to the 52nd floor of the skyscraper "Vysotsky" and observe the remote corners of the city from the bird's-eye view.

 

Sochi

In any case, Russia is not only about history, and, moving to the south, you'll have a chance to see the country from the other side. Warm sea, sun-drenched beaches, blossoming trees, top-ranked resorts… all these can be found in Sochi.

Sochi is the most popular resort-city in Russia. One of the main advantages of the city is that, without going far away, you can visit all climatic zones, from subtropical to cold arctic. Sochi is the only Russian resort where it is possible to bask on the sun in front of the sea and go skiing to the mountains in one day.

The nature of the region simply stuns travelers with its rocky canyons, roaring waterfalls, dense forests, mountain rivers, labyrinths of countless caves, and dizzying skiing trails. Moreover, the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sochi, provides various entertainment and sports opportunities, that are impossible to miss.

 

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