Learn Russian geography while counting your cash

Kommunalny Bridge in Krasnoyarsk

Kommunalny Bridge in Krasnoyarsk

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Russia’s colorful currency is a lesson in geography, and each ruble banknote shows off magnificent engineering and cultural landmarks.

How to use the map: We put all the Russian landmarks depicted on the notes on this map, so you can either browse them freely zooming into different regions (because there is usually more than one landmark on one note). Or you can press the button on the left top corner to see the list of all the Russian "cash" landmarks.

1. 10 rubles

This is a rare one! If you’re lucky to find this note then save it as a souvenir because it was officially replaced with coins in 2012.

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This note features the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, and on one side we see the picturesque Kommunalny Bridge and the Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel. Both landmarks can be seen if you walk along Krasnoyarsk’s main street, Prospect Mira. The impressive Krasnoyarsk Hydroelectric Station is depicted on the other side of the note.

Krasnoyarsk residents were so upset when they heard their note was to be replaced with a faceless coin that they decided to erect a monument. The bronze crumpled “Chirik,” (slang for a 10-ruble note), appeared in Krasnoyarsk in 2011.

2. 50 rubles

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The blue 50-ruble note has St. Petersburg on it. On one side you see the sculpture of a girl who symbolizes the Neva River, with the Peter and Paul Cathedral in the background. The Spit of Vasilievsky Island, with the Old St. Petersburg Stock Exchange and the Rostral Column, are pictured on the note’s other side.

3. 100 rubles

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The brown design of the 100-ruble note is entirely dedicated to the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. One side features the sculpture of Apollo's Quadriga on the front of the theater, while the other side has a general view of the theater.

4. 500 rubles

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This violet banknote takes us to the Russian North, where the Peter the Great monument in the city of Arkhangelsk is featured on the background of a sailboat and the Port of Arkhangelsk. And the Solovetsky Monastery can be seen on the other side.

5. 1,000 rubles

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This green banknote has been issued since 2001, and until 2006 it was the country’s highest denomination. One side has a modern-day monument to the medieval ruler, Yaroslav the Wise, which is now in the city of Yaroslavl. In the background you see the city of Yaroslavl’s official emblem (a bear), Our Lady of Kazan Chapel, the bell tower of the Church of Our Lady of Pechora, and the Gates to the Transfiguration Monastery in Yaroslavl. The other side features the famous 17th century wooden St. John the Baptist Church.

6. 5,000 rubles

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This note currently has the largest denomination and was issued in 2006. It is devoted to the city of Khabarovsk, and on one side you see the Amur River and a monument to Muravyev-Amursky, the 19th century Eastern Siberia governor who founded the city of Khabarovsk and returned the Amur River back to Russia from China.

The other side features the bridge across the Amur River.

7. 2,000 rubles

The bridge to Russky Island in Vladivostok /  Alexey Kudenko/RIA NovostiThe bridge to Russky Island in Vladivostok / Alexey Kudenko/RIA Novosti

This note will be issued in October and will feature the main symbols of Russia's Far East: the new Vostochny spaceport, and the Russky Bridge in Vladivostok.

Vladivostok was chosen by public vote, but you could have guessed the outcome in advance. The song, Vladivostok 2000, by the rock band Mummy Troll, is a popular Russian hit.

8. 200 rubles

View of the Monument to Sunken Ships / Vladimir Astapkovich/RIA NovostiView of the Monument to Sunken Ships / Vladimir Astapkovich/RIA Novosti

This new banknote will be issued in the end of 2017. A note of this denomination appeared several times in Russian history, in particular in the 1990s. This time it will feature Sevastopol, Crimea’s main sea port, and its main symbols – a monument to sunken ships and a view of the Ancient Greek city of Chersonesus, which now lies in ruins.

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