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5 Top Russian Tourist Attractions [PICTURES]

Olkhon Island

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Olkhon is the fourth-largest lake-bound island in the world. It is by far the largest island in Lake Baikal in eastern Siberia, with an area of 730 km². Structurally, it acts as the southwestern margin of Academician Ridge. The island measures 71.5 km in length and 20.8 km in width.

Saint Basil’s Cathedral

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The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed, commonly known as Saint Basil’s Cathedral, is a church in Red Square in Moscow, Russia and is one of the most popular symbols of the country. The building, now a museum, is officially known as the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the r Pokrovsky Cathedral.

Saint Petersburg


St. Petersburg is a Russian port city on the Baltic Sea. It was the imperial capital for 2 centuries, having been founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, subject of the city’s iconic “Bronze Horseman” statue. It remains Russia’s cultural center, with venues such as the Mariinsky Theatre hosting opera and ballet, and the State Russian Museum showcasing Russian art, from Orthodox icon paintings to Kandinsky works.

Kul Sharif Mosque

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Located in Kazan Kremlin, was reputed to be – at the time of its construction – one of the largest mosques in Russia, and in Europe outside of Istanbul. Originally, the mosque was built in the Kazan Kremlin in the 16th century. It was named after Kul Sharif, a religious scholar who served there. Kul Sharif died with his numerous students while defending Kazan from Russian forces in 1552. It is believed that the building featured minarets, both in the form of cupolas and tents. Its design was traditional for Volga Bulgaria, although elements of early Renaissance and Ottoman architecture could have been used as well. In 1552, during the Siege of Kazan, it was destroyed by Ivan the Terrible.

Ulan-Ude

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ulan-Ude, the capital of Buryatia, and one of the most prominent historical cities of Russia. Here, as if in a clew of yarn, the strands of Asia and Europe, roots of Russian and Mongolian peoples, historical monuments and modern buildings have firmly intertwined.

 

By: Kgothatso Nkanyane 

 

 

More than 1500 performers booked for Russia 2017 Confed Cup Opening Ceremony

Russia is gearing up for a show-stopping 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup opening ceremony with more than 1500 performers lined-up for the event.
With less than a month before the opening match between Russia and New Zealand on June 17, the organisers said there would be a 20 minute opening ceremony showcasing the country’s culture before kickoff.
Russia 2018 Local Orginising Committee (LOC) revealed that the opening would tell viewers about Russia’s traditions, history, culture and nature of the four cities hosting the tournament: Saint Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi and Moscow.

“This is a very special moment for Russia and we are glad that we can show football fans a glimpse of our culture before the football action takes the stage,” the Local Organising Committee (LOC) Russia 2018 CEO Alexey Sorokin said.
He revealed that more than 1500 performers would be involved in the opening ceremony, which would also feature colourful visual elements and the Russia 2018 Official Mascot, the Zabivaka.

“Differently from what the Russian audience saw in the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics in 2014, the highlight of the evening is the opening match. We will not be able to use heavy structures or pyrotechnic for example, but with a lot of creativity we are positive that Russian fans will feel proud while international spectators will wish to discover some of the country’s cultural treasures that will be presented during the show,” Sorokin says.
More than 300 000 tickets have been sold for the tournament which starts on June 17 to July 2.
Confederations Cup is a preparatory tournament for the biggest football event in the world, the FIFA World Cup to be hosted by Russia next year.

-Fifa.com