Are you bored of Kremlin and Red Square? Are you tired of Moscow? Today’s article is all about other interesting cities, including some cultural attractions that you shouldn’t miss while in Russia.
While Hermitage Museum is definitely one of the top attractions in St. Petersburg, there are others that are equally full of history and worth of paying a visit.
Nevsky Prospect is the main street in St. Petersburg. It could be said that if you weren’t on Nevsky, you weren’t in St. Petersburg at all since it’s impossible to miss this street. Here you can see many beautiful buildings from different time periods and of different architectural styles. Nevsky Prospect has lots of shops and department stores, including cinemas and theatres.
For all you bookish people, National Library of Russia is located on this street and it even has organised tours. This Russia’s oldest public library contains numerous rare editions, and tour guides share their knowledge about Library’s history and architecture, including processes of storing these rare books during tours.
Another building that is especially interesting is the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. It may look familiar and that is because it intentionally looks like the famous St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow. This building has a long and turbulent history. From being built on a spot where Emperor Alexander II was mortally wounded to being used as a morgue, then as a vegetable storage, until it was finally turned into a museum, a purpose it serves to this day.
Rostov-on-Don is the biggest city in Southern Russia. Besides its Cossack history, this city offers a lot to see.
The building that is today’s Fine Arts Museum was originally a home of merchant Dombrovsky. It also belonged to a lawyer Alexander Petrov. October Revolution happened, Petrov emigrated, and today this building is Rostov Regional Museum of Fine Arts. Here you can see paintings from Dutch masters, Chinese vases, Samurai swords, including Russian art from 16th to 21st century. The building itself is a mixture of baroque, renaissance and classicism and presents a unique architectural piece.
Gorky Park is the oldest park in Rostov, founded in 1813. Today it is a relaxing spot for locals and tourists. It has fountains, open-air gallery, observatory, amusement rides and playgrounds. Two monuments call this park their home, Lenin monument and Monument of the Great October Revolution.
Relatively close to Rostov-on-Don is Crimea. Even though it is still not advised to visit there, Swallow’s Nest is one of those fairytale palaces that you should definitely see. So keep it in mind when Crimea becomes tourist friendly once again.
Vladivostok is Russia’s biggest city in the Far East. Tourists arrive here usually by plane, but some adventurers arrive by the Trans-Siberian Railway. Either way, here are some sights to visit while in Vladivostok.
Vladivostok Fortress is the most popular among tourists. The construction of this unique fortification started in the late 19th century. You can learn all about Vladivostok roles in numerous wars in guided tours while visiting the Fortress, the Voroshilov Battery Museum and coastal batteries.
The Arch of the Crown Prince was built in 1891 to welcome heir-to-the-throne Crown Prince Nikolas Aleksandrovich Romanov. Arch had a long history as well. In 1923, all monarchical symbols were removed and a couple of years later it was demolished. Finally, in 1998, a businessman from Vladivostok, Yermolaev, decided to rebuild it. It had its second grand opening in 2003.
Vladivostok is the home of many rock festivals, so in case that is your cup of чай make sure to visit this city during festival season.
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