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Destinations Travel Guide
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Haunted, abandoned, weird sites
Travel Destinations in Russia
Arkhangelsk Oblast (Russia)
Ruins of abandoned medieval Russian Orthodox Aleksandro-
Oschevensky Monastery are still impressive despite decades of disrepair
Kenozersky National Park
Kenozersky National Park is a large expanse in the
Russian North that has as much hidden Christian and pagan history as
pristine virgin forests.
Novodvinskaya Fortress is an abandoned
military complex located at the mouth of the Dvina river in
Russia. It was constructed in the early 18th century on the
orders of Peter the great.
Pinezhsky National Park
Pinezhsky National Park in the Russian North is a large
expanse of untouched massif of virgin forests, mountains and numerous
caves that remain largely unexplored due to their isolated location.
Solovetsky Monastery is the largest and most famous of
all Northern Russian monasteries that also served as a prison for
political enemies of Soviet State.
Chelyabinsk Oblast (Russia)
Arkaim is a massive mysterious ancient city that is still
being explored by archeologists who uncover hidden pages of its history.
Crimean Peninsula (Russia)
Adjimuschkay quarries became famous during World War 2
then remains of the Red Army defended against overwhelming German
Mountain Ai- Petri is the highest mountain on the
Crimean Peninsula at an elevation of 1234 meters (4049 feet). It is
towers over municipality of Alupka and Yalta.
Alushta is spread on the shores of the Black
Sea and surrounded by picturesque mountains and ancient
Chersonesus is an ancient archaeological site
situated on the outskirts of Sevastopol. It was one of the
largest ancient cities on Crimean Peninsula, Ukraine.
Although the origins of Eski Kermen is unknown the
settlement is an impressive maze of galleries cut into a mountain.
Feodosiya is an ancient historic town on the
shores of the Black Sea in Crimean Peninsula in South Ukraine.
Abandoned Fort Kerch is a spectacular example of
military fortifications of the nineteenth century.
Kerch is a large town in eastern Crimea on
the shore of the Strait of Kerch. Its history dates back
thousands of years making it one of the oldest cities in the
It is famous as a former residence of
imperial family who cme to Crimea regularly. During WWII it
became the official residence of three leaders Stalin,
Churchill and Roosevelt who came here to discuss post war
Since the time of Imperial Russia Sevastopol
was the military base of the Russian fleet and today
Ukrainian fleet as well.
Simeiz is a small town tucked on the shores of the
bay of the Black Sea. It is located in the Crimean Peninsula in
Simferopol is one of the largest cities in Crimea and also
serves as the official capital of Crimea. It stands on
Salgir river in the center of the peninsula.
Italian castle of Sudak is probably the last
structure expected to see in the Crimea.
Perched over a high cliff Swallow's Nest is an
ultimate romantic destination.
Yalta is a beautiful resort town situated on the
shores of the Black Sea in Crimean peninsula in Ukraine.
An impressive castle of Yeni-Kale was a last
attempt by the Turks to keep Crimea from the Russian hands.
Ivolginsky Datsan is the largest active Buddhist site in
Buryatia region of Russia.
Lake Baikal is the deepest freshwater lake with unique
flora and fauna that is not found anywhere else.
Ivanovo Oblast (Russia)
Ivanovo is a historic medieval town that
makes part of the Golden Ring of Russia. It is the largest
city and capital of Ivanovo Oblast.
Kaliningrad Oblast (Russia)
Curonian Spit is a large nature reserve on a
shores of the Baltic Sea in Western Russia.
Kaluga Oblast (Russia)
Optina Monastery was named after legendary
thief Opta who changed his life around Optina Monastery
played and import role in Russian life and Russian
Valley of Geysers located on Kamchatka
peninsula is a marvelous expression of the nature's might.
Khabarovsk Krai (Russia)
With little government regulation and virgin
forests the only thing you should worry about in
Sikhote-Alin are its largest tigers in the World.
Medieval Russian Orthodox Ipatiev Monastery
is birthplace of the Romanoff Imperial dynasty.
Kostroma is a medieval town in Yaroslavl
Oblast of Russia famous for its historic buildings, churches
Krasnaya Polyana is a mountainous ski resort
near Sochi, Russia that hosted 2014 Winter Olympics Games
and Paralympics Events.
Sochi is a large resort city on the shores of the Black
Sea in the Krasnodar Krai in the South East Russia. It was also a site
of 2014 Winter Olympics.
Sochi National Park is a large nature reserve in the
Western Caucasian mountains.
Krasnoyarsk Kray (Russia)
Enormous Putorana Plateau is a picturesque geologic formation
is located in the Northern Central Siberia.
Leningrad Oblast (Russia)
Alexander-Svirsky Monastery is on of the largest and
impressive monasteries of the Russian North.
Gatchina Palace is a former royal residence of Russian Imperial
Family in Leningrad Oblast in Russia .
It is one of the largest and opulent palaces in the country.
Faberje's House is an abandoned estate built in the
suburbs of Saint Petersburg by a member of the famous jewel making
Fort Alexander or Plague Fort is a former
military fortress that turned into a secret lab by Russian
Fort Ino or Fort Nikolaevsky is an old
abandoned coastal fortress situated in Vyborgsky District.
Fort Krasnaya Gorka
Krasnaya Gorka Fort is an abandoned coastal
artillery fortress in Leningrad Oblast of Russia.
Ivangorod Fortress is a medieval castle that
eventually grew into a city on a border of Russia.
Medieval Koporye Castle is a well preserved structure
that is largely ignored by the archeologists.
Pavlovsk Palace is a former royal residence constructed
by emperor Paul with a well planned park that surround it.
Royal imperial palace at Peterhof well deserves a whole
day for exploration of the palace as well as surrounding parks.
Saint Petersburg is often referred as the cultural
capital of Russia. With so many museums, palaces and historic buildings
you will see why.
Shlisselburg Castle or Key City as it is known in Swedish
played a key role in the difficult relations between the two empires.
Staraya Ladoga is the first Russian capital back in the
day then Slavic tribes were yet to unite under one Viking Rus ruler.
Tichvinsky Uspensky Monastery in the North
Russia is home of the most famous and venerated Russian
Tsarskoye Selo (Tsar's Village) is one of the most famous
Russian palaces and a former royal residence of the imperial family that
is most famous for its Amber Room.
Medieval castle of Vyborg is a strange combination of
architectural styles and numerous additions.
White Sea- Baltic Canal or simply Belomorkanal
construction became a symbol of Communist oppression after thousands of
people died here.
Moscow Oblast (Russia)
Abramtsevo Estate Museum
Abramtsevo Estate Museum was a center of nineteenth
century Slavophil Russian movement.
Arkhangelskoe or Arkhangelskoye Estate is a massive country estate surrounded by
parks, gardens and fountains.
Borodino Battle Site
Borodino is the site of the largest and bloodiest battle
of the nineteenth century Russian Imperial Army and Napoleon.
Medieval Russian town of Dmitrov was named in honor of
Saint Demetrius, patron saint of founder's son who was also born in the
Grebnevo estate outside of Moscow is currently abandoned
and offers a great opportunity for those who enjoy to explore abandoned
Medieval religious complex of Joseph-Volokolamsk Monastery is
virtually untouched and kept its original look.
Kolomenskoe religious complex was constructed in honor of
prince Ivan who latter became known as Terrible.
Kolomna is an old medieval town situated 114 km from
Moscow. It was constructed in 1177 at a strategic location of confluence
of Moskva and Oka rivers.
Kuskovo Palace along with the surrounding parks is one
the best examples of Russian architecture of the eighteenth century.
Russian capital Moscow improved a lot in the past twenty
years since collapse of USSR and presents a great destination for any
New Jerusalem Monastery
New Jerusalem Monastery is an interesting attempt to
recreate Jerusalem and Holy Land on Russian soil.
Ostankino Palace is recently
reconstructed mansion in the Moscow's suburbs that date back to the 18th
Sergiev Posad is one of the most important monasteries of
Russia that saw many key events in country's history.
Serpukhov was constructed as a military
fortification to defend the South approach of the Russian
S'yani or Syani is one of the largest and oldest human
made mines in Russia, those stones were used to construct Kremlin
fortifications in the fourteenth century.
Tchakovsky House Museum
House Museum of the World Russian composer P.I.
Tchakovsky is also a birthplace for much of his music.
Tsaritsyno Park is famous for its magnificent palace
constructed here in 1775 by the orders of Catherine the Great.
Vasnetsov House Museum
Vasnetsov House Museum is a former house of the famous
Russian artist those major interest was in a Russian past.
Zaraysk Kremlin in Zaraysk was erected in 1528- 31 on the
order of Grand Prince Vasily the Blind. The citadel has rectangular
layout with four towers with twelfth angles and three square towers that
also served as a gate.
Novgorod Oblast (Russia)
Lake Svetloyar in Rostov Oblast is a mysterious perfectly
rounded lake. Russian legends claim it is a site of a Russian Atlantis-
town of Kitezh.
Nizhny Novgorod is the one of the largest cities along a
Volga river (longest in Europe) in the Nizhny Novgorod Oblast in Russia.
North Ossetia- Alania
Alaniya National Park
Alaniya National Park located in the Caucasian region is a
beautiful and difficulty land that requires some good survival skills.
Medieval Khutyn Monastery of Saviour's Transfiguration and of
St. Varlaam is still surrounded by pristine meadows and forests.
Novgorod is a former capital of the medieval Novgorodian
Republic and still contains a medieval complex surrounded by Kremlin.
Valdaysky Iversky Monastery
Valdaysky Iversky Monastery is located in Novgorod Oblast
in Russia. It was found in 1653 by the orders of patriarch Nikon.
Permskiy Kray (Russia)
Kungur Ice Cave
Majestic Kungur Ice Cave was known since the ancient times
and remains of its inhabitants can still be found here along with
Pskov Oblast (Russia)
Izborsk Castle is one of the largest and most
impressive medieval fortification in Russia that served as a
Republic of Dagestan (Russia)
Massive fortifications of an ancient town of
Derbent is worth a trip to this coastal city.
Republic of Karelia (Russia)
Belomorsk Petroglyphs is a collection of
ancient art that date back to the 4th and 3rd millenia BC.
It is located in the Belomorsky District on the islands of
Kivach Waterfall is second highest waterfall located in
the plains in Europe.
Kizhi religious complex is a number of
beautiful buildings made entirely of wood without a single
Beauty of Valaam Monastery architecture is harmoniously
combined with unforgettable nature of the Russian North.
Republic of Tatarstan (Russia)
Kazan is the capital and the largest city in
Republic of Tatarstan in Russia. It is one of the most
diverse and unique due to its interesting and turbulent
Raifsky Bogorodicky Monastery is the largest Russian
Orthodox monastery in the Tatarstan region.
Rostov Oblast (Russia)
Despite its small size Aksay is famous by its
many legends, underground tunnels that date to prehistoric
times and strange creatures that are said to roam these
Ganina Yama is a former mine that was used by
the Soviets to hide bodies of emperor Nicholas II and
members of his family.
Autopsy report, photos, diary, investigation
documents and information about Dyatlov Pass Incident. The most
complete report about the Dyatlov Pass tragedy.
Brosno Lake Dragon is a creature that is said to live in
Lake Brosno in Russia. First records of this creature date back to
middle 13th century.
Lake Seliger in Tver Oblast is one of the most beautiful
and picturesque lake in Russia.
Nilov Monastery is a medieval Russian Orthodox monastery
located on a island in the middle of lake Seliger.
Staritskiy Uspenskiy Monastery
Staritskiy Monastery that stands overlooking Volga is
located in the heart of Russia, Valday highlands. Medieval cemetery
still survive on its ground.
Rzhev is a medieval Russian city that became famous for
one of the bloodiest battles of the World War II.
Tver is a capital of Tver Oblast in the Central region of
Russia. It was found in the medieval times on the banks of Volga river.
Tula Oblast (Russia)
Polyana is a former estate of the famous Russian writer Leo
Vladimir Oblast (Russia)
Alexandrov or Aleksandrov is a historic medieval town in
Vladimir Oblast. It is part of Golden Ring of Russia.
Bogolyubovo is a village in Russia that was made famous by
its religious medieval architecture.
Gorokhovets is a small medieval Russian town in Vladimir
Oblast in Russia. It is famous for its architecture of monasteries and
Gus-Khrustalny or Crystal Goose in Russian is one of the
oldest centers of glass industry.
is a historic Russian city in Vladimir Oblast of Russia. It was
found in the medieval period on the left bank of the Oka River.
Whether you want to explore medieval Russian
culture or just enjoy nature medieval Suzdal can offer both.
Russian medieval city of Vladimir boasts some of
the best examples of Russian architecture. It is also famous for
several legends and hidden treasures.
Yuryev-Polsky is a lesser known Russian medieval town
with numerous examples of medieval architecture.
Volgograd Oblast (Russia)
Volgograd or more commonly unknown under its former city of
Stalingrad was largely rebuilt after the most famous battle of the World War
Ferapontov Monastery is a religious complex
that grew significantly since it was found in the Medieval
Medieval Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery looks more like
a military castle rather than a religious complex.
Yakutia (Sakha Republic)
Death Valley in Yakutia Republic is famous
for remains of strange objects that looked like UFO saucers.
Isolated Lake Labyngkyr in Yakutia is rumored to harbor
an unknown aquatic creature.
Lena Pillars are majestic geological formations along a
Siberian river Lena.
Goritsky Monastery is located in Pereslavl-
Zalessky, Yaroslavl Oblast in Russia. It was constructed in 14th
century by Ivan I of Moscow Kalita.
Mologa is a Russian city that sunk underneath an artificial lake
after construction of a hydro plant.
Myshkin is a historic medieval town in Yaroslavl Oblast. Its name
is translated as 'Mouse' in Russian (mysh- мышь).
Rostov is a medieval historic town that is
also part of the Golden Ring of Russia. It is situated in
the Yaroslavl Oblast.
Rybinsk is the second largest city in
Yarloslavl Oblast. It is one of the oldest Slavic
settlements on Volga river where it joins with Sheksna
Uglich is a beautiful historic medieval town in
Yaroslavl Oblast. It is most famous for death of Dmitry
Ivanovich, last surviving son of Ivan the Terrible on May 15,
Medieval town of Yaroslavl is the capital and largest city of
Yaroslavl Oblast. Its historic architecture made Yaroslavl part of the Golden
Interesting Facts about Russia
is fairly common to see a Christian cross with a crescent on the bottom.
Many foreigners and even Russians alike consider this a sign of victory
of Christianity over Islam. However, this is not true. The cross first
appeared in Greece in the 2th- 3th century AD during Roman persecutions
of Christians. It was long before prophet Mohammed was even born. Greek
Christians used to hang anchors over their houses. For the Roman
soldiers it was silly superstition, for Christians it was a secret code.
Thus "Russian" crosses commemorate memory of early Orthodox martyrs, not
physical extermination of fellow man.
symbol of Russia is ironically translated in a wrong way. Russian word
krasnaya ( красная) in fact has double
meaning: red and beautiful. Today it makes sense since Historical Museum
and Kremlin are red. However museum was constructed only in the late
19th century, and Kremlin was either white or painted white, so in this
case the correct translation would be Beautiful Square.
Saint Basil Cathedral
the church has nothing to do with Saint Basil. He was in fact alive then
it was constructed. Its official name is Cathedral of the Protection of
Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat. He simply liked to hang out there.
There is so many Russian churches devoted to Holy Mother of God it
sometimes was confusing. Thus people referred to this particular church
as Basil's Church or Basil's Cathedral. Later he was canonized and it
became known as Saint
Basil. In fact only a small chapel was later added to
commemorate the memory of Saint Basil.
the main cathedral on the Red Square is named after Saint Mary on the
Moat we have to explain how did this term came to being. You should not
forget that Kremlin is a medieval defense fortification. It was used to
defend Moscow citizens from constant raids by different enemies. Part of
these defense was a moat that was dug along the perimeter. In the old
times it was also used as a burial grounds for thieves, murderers and
other society's rejects. It is not hard to find its former location. It
is exactly where you will find tombs of Communist leaders with Lenin's
mausoleum in its head. Yep. History is not without a sense of irony.
Most of Russian Orthodox church have dome-
shaped roofs. There is no specific meaning to the shape other
than its similarity to the burning flame of the candle.
- stay close
to major streets and public places to prevent mugging or an attack
- keep a
number of an American embassy. police is not allowed to search foreign
citizens without a witness and an American council.
- poor Gypsy
kids in a city are experts in cutting bags and stealing, so keep an eye
for your belongings
- if you plan
to make lots of calls within Russia you can buy prepaid sim card
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