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St Petersburg is one of the most beautiful and marvelous cities in the world with great history, even though it is relatively young. The city is imbued with grace and romance as well as mysticism, it has lots of secrets. Maybe it is the reason why people come to St. Petersburg again and again. Thanks to the number of secrets and mysteries that our city keeps, there are many places where you can make a wish.
This year, Russian Orthodox Easter falls on May 2. What do Orthodox Russians usually do on this day?
Today, on April 12, we celebrate Cosmonautics Day and the International Day of Human Space Flight! Russians are very proud of their advances in space exploration, so it comes as no surprise that there are many great locations where you can learn more about our endless and mysterious universe.
What would St. Petersburg and Moscow have been like if...? Although history has already been written, sometimes it can be an eye-opening experience to see our what-ifs taking shape – at least on paper. If you can hardly imagine a different Russia, then take a look at these five architectural projects that, for better or worse, never got to see the light of day. From splendid palaces reaching to the sky to the Russian Eiffel Tower – here’s a glimpse into an alternative future of Russia.
Storytelling is a universal activity around the globe. Stories passed down from generation to generation in different parts of the world may seem to have nothing at common at first glance, but there are actually many similarities in their structure and symbolism. Let’s take a look at several folktales all Russians know by an early age and maybe we’ll draw some analogies.
We’re all tired of traveling restrictions but what about travel destinations that are impossible to visit at all times? I’d say it’s still fascinating to learn more about them. Check out our list of (literally) legendary locations of Russian folklore.
From medieval torture rooms and royal assassinations to walls that once saw real knights, here are some of the most spectacular castles and fortifications in Russia that just might inspire you to try on a suit of armor.
St. Petersburg has always been a magnet for the brightest minds: its streets have inspired a myriad masterpieces by such titans of Russian literature as Fyodor Dostoevsky, Alexander Pushkin, Nikolai Gogol, and others. Each nook and cranny of the city still recalls the lines of world-renowned characters. So, take a walk in the footsteps of Raskolnikov, unleash the hidden sides of the city’s main streets, and even find the nose of Major Kovalyov – all with our guide to St. Petersburg’s literary past and present.
Once the New Year season is over, it feels like the routine bites hard but there are actually many more holidays to be excited about! What Russian holidays are we celebrating in the upcoming weeks?
Russian architecture suffered a lot throughout the 20th century due to revolution, war, and urbanization. However, lots of remnants of the past are still there, and enthusiasts from all over the country strive to capture and, if possible, preserve what’s left of old churches, wooden houses, and other architectural works of art. Here are some Instagram accounts where you can glimpse the eerie but fascinating world of abandoned Russia.