Church of the Savior on Spilled BloodLegion Media
KizhiSergey Smirnov/Global Look Press
Kizhi Island in Karelia, 764 km north of Moscow, is home to Russia's oldest surviving wooden churches. For example, the Church of the Resurrection of Lazarus dates back to the late 14th century.
Bermamyt PlateauLegion Media
Bemamyt Mountain is 2,592 meters above sea level. It’s the “Russian Trolltunga” and offers the best views of Elbrus.
Ai-Petri suspension bridgesLegion Media
This village, located 218 km south of Moscow, has acquired a cult status thanks to its contemporary art consisting of several sculptures dotted around the scenic landscape, which is divided by a river you can swim in during the summer. There’s also 980 square km of fields and meadows.
Swallow's Nest CastleLegion Media
Singer HouseLegion Media
Stone pillarsKasimys / Wikipedia
These seven gigantic stone pillars were formed by the wind over thousands of years (they are in what’s believed to be an anomalous zone).
Mir diamond mineStaselnik / Wikipedia
This former diamond mine is so huge that helicopters avoid flying over it, otherwise they might get sucked in due to the draft. It’s the second largest man-made hole in the world at 525 meters deep and 1,200 meters in diameter.
Dominion TowerIlya Ivanov
The first project of Zaha Hadid's bureau in Moscow and Russia. This snow-white futuristic business center is located in an industrial zone. Make sure to check out its interior staircases.
Chara SandsYelena Stogova
Yew and Boxwood GroveLegion Media
Lena PillarsKonstantin Mikhailov/Global Look Press
These majestic rock pillars, some of them 100 meters tall, are located along the Lena River in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). They’re also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Flooded belfryAlexey Malgavko/Sputnik
"Russia’s Atlantis" on the Volga River in the Tver Region (200 km north of Moscow) used to be part of Kalyazin Monastery, which was often visited by Russian
Franz Josef LandIliya Timin/Sputnik
There are no towns or villages here and the only way to reach this remote part of Russia’s Arctic is with an organized group on a boat - be prepared to fork out several thousand dollars.
St. Basil's CathedralGetty Images
This is the main postcard view of the Russian capital and its best-known church. It’s actually nine churches in one, and according to a popular legend its architect was blinded on the order of Ivan the Terrible after completing the construction. You can learn more about this fascinating landmark here.
Ivolginsky DatsanLegion Media
Heart of Chechnya MosqueGlobal Look Press
Kaliningrad CathedralRuslan Shamukov/TASS
This gothic cathedral was once the main church of the Prussian city of Koenigsberg (now Kaliningrad, in the west of Russia). Since the 14th century, it has been the burial place for dukes and university professors. The last person to be buried here was the philosopher Immanuel Kant.
Tokarevsky LighthouseYuri Smityuk/TASS
Salt mines outside YekaterinburgMikhail Mishainik / Uralmines.ru
Some 965 km to the east of Moscow, there are salt mines that could easily be the scene of a Van Gogh painting. These crazy patterns are a natural phenomenon formed by vaporization 280 million years ago. More pictures of these psychedelic mines can be found here.
Shoaninsky templeMark Rizov
This tiny (just 13 square meters) temple in the middle of a mountain gorge in the Caucasus is one of the oldest buildings in Russia dating back to the 10th century.
Putorana PlateauSergei Fomin/Global Look Press
Veliky Novgorod KremlinLegion Media
This is the legacy of medieval Rus and the oldest surviving kremlin. It was first mentioned in a chronicle in 1044 and is situated in Veliky Novgorod (Novgorod the Great) 570 km northwest of Moscow.
KamchatkaGlobal Look Press
This is one of the most incredible tourist destinations in Russia. It boasts around 300 volcanoes in the same spot (including 29 active ones), loads of bears, a valley of geysers, and other mind-blowing things.
White SquareKonstantin Kokoshkin/Global Look Press
Mamayev KurganGlobal Look Press
Avtovo metro stationSt. Petersburg metropolitan
Amber Roomgiggel / Wikipedia
Dubrovitsy EstateGlobal Look Press
This estate 36 km from Moscow was commissioned by Russian boyar and tutor to Peter the Great, Boris Golitsyn. Over 300-years-old, these days it’s a popular wedding venue. The register office is just a few minutes from the church.
Lake EltonStanislav Kaznov
There are no ripples on its surface because of the huge amount of salt, which makes the lake look like a giant mirror. Lake Elton is situated close to Kazakhstan border. And another thing: tsars were very fond of it.
Moscow City skyscrapersYurchin / Pixabay
Lakhta CenterAnton Vaganov/TASS
GamsutlJanet Wishnetsky/Global Look Press
Valley of GeysersGlobal Look Press
Kamchatka is home to 90 geysers, which spurt out boiling water among green rocks.
This is the oldest lake on our planet. It is situated between southern Siberia and Mongolia and is 25-35 million-years-old. In winter, Baikal is covered with a meter-thick layer of clear, glass-like, ice, while huge icicles hang from the surrounding caves.
White Mosque in BulgarMaksim Bogodvid/Sputnik
Ruskeala marble quarryLegion Media
Karelia is a unique place where you can find at least 60,000 amazing lakes.
Tsarskoye SeloLegion Media
Moscow MetroLegion Media
These medieval defense towers built on mountain tops were once connected by suspension bridges. A magical but brutal place.
Karasinoye Lake in ArtyomVitaly Berkov / Best of Russia
Every year, the surface of the lake is covered with pink lotus flowers, which create a particularly striking contrast with the austere industrial landscape in the background.
The taiga is the second largest biome in the world after the ocean and also one of Russia's natural treasures. It’s too big and beautiful not to make it onto our list.
Lake BaskunchakKonstantin Chalabov/Sputnik
Lake Maly SemyachikLegion Media
Whale Bone AlleyGlobal Look Press
This alley on an island in the Bering Sea made of bones and jaws of Greenland whales is an ancient Eskimo structure. It dates back to the 14th century. But why did the Eskimos build it?
Sayano–Shushenskaya hydroelectric power stationSerguei Fomine/Global Look Press
Red October rooftopSmokin’ Heroes: Sergey Voogie Valyaev, Igor Klepnev
The calligraphic creation by street artist Pokras Lampas on the rooftop of the former confectionary factory Red October has become is world's biggest example of calligraphy, standing 22-stories tall. If you do not know who Lampas is, click here.
This Buryat place of power in the village of Khuzhir (Olkhon Island on LakeBaikal) is the capital of shamanic power. These pillars cannot be pulled out, burnt, or moved. The only thing that can destroy them is time.
Orekhovsky waterfallNina Zotina/Sputnik
The water tumbling from
Lake Sasyk-SivashStoyan Vasin/TASS
There is just a handful of pink lakes in the world, and Sasyk-Sivash in Crimea is one of them. It turns pink in July and August thanks to microalgae.
Avacha BayF. Vnoucek/Global Look Press
Historical MuseumLegion Media
Ratmanov IslandRamil Gumerov
This is one of the Diomede Islands which belongs to Russia. The distance to the other island, which belongs to the U.S., is just 3.8 km by boat but the time difference between the two places is 23 hours! This is a tranquil place, but don’t be fooled, life her can be hell.
Tsaritsyno EstateGlobal Look Press
Skolkovo Business SchoolSkolkovo
This technopark outside Moscow was conceived as the Russian version of Silicon Valley. When designing the campus, British architect David Adjaye was inspired by Kazimir Malevich's
Sochi ArboretumNina Zotina/Sputnik
This arboretum on a mountain slope in subtropical Russia was founded in 1892. Many Russian celebrities of the past, like Feodor Chaliapin, Anton Chekhov, and others enjoyed visiting it.
Sakhalin IslandSergey Pervukhin
Russia's biggest island is situated at the edge of the earth, where nature remains practically untouched. It’s home to gray whales and lakes with brilliantly turquoise water.
Mriya ResortMriya Resort & Spa
Aniva lighthouseKosmaj Project
This atomic lighthouse (running on a radioisotope generator) was built by a Japanese architect, but in 1990, when economic hardship hit, Russia no longer had the money to maintain it.
Bolshoi TheaterGetty Images
The Great Vasyugan MireSerguei Fomine/Global Look Press
Golden BridgeLegion Media
Curonian SpitLegion Media
One of the the tallest Europe's sand dunes are located in its smallest national park, on the Curonian Spit. The Baltic Sea is on the one side, the Curonian Lagoon is on the other. The spit is divided equally between Russia and Lithuania.
Christ the Savior CathedralKishjar / Flickr
Moscow KremlinGetty Images
This is Russia's main
Wallagkom gorgeAnton Agarkov
The Vaza-Khokh mountain with its practically vertical slopes can be seen from any spot in the Alania national park. It’s also often compared to a tusk.
Samur vine forestAnton Agarkov
Moscow State University buildingSergey Smirnov/Global Look Press
VDNKhKonstantin Kokoshkin/Global Look Press
Kola PeninsulaLegion Media
This peninsula beyond the Arctic Circle is where people live without sunshine for 40 days straight each year. By way of compensation, they can enjoy one of the most beautiful sights on earth, the northern lights (aurora borealis).
Big Bogdo MountainAnton Agarkov
Big Bogdo is a holy site among local Kalmyks. The mountain gets its red color from the clay, which is so crumbly that it’s impossible to walk there.
This is Europe's highest mountain (5,642 meters), which is in fact a composite volcano. In the foothills of Elbrus lies one of Russia's most exciting skiing resorts, Cheget.
Valley of DeathSerguei Fomine/Global Look Press
Worker and Kolkhoz WomanDmitry Serebryakov
Kul Sharif MosqueKonstantin Kokoshkin/Global Look Press
Tatarstan's main mosque, which is also one of its most beautiful, is situated inside the Kazan Kremlin on a site that used to be occupied by an old mosque, which was destroyed in 1552 by Ivan the Terrible's troops when they stormed the city.
The world became aware of this village with its melancholy arctic scenery only after the international success of Andrey Zvyagintsev's film Leviathan. Now, whale bones and broken boats are part of its iconic image.
Krasnaya PolyanaPress Photo
Chuy SteppeLegion Media
With its lunar scenery and huge expanses, southern Altay looks almost like Arizona. During the hot summer months, this empty yellow ground turns into a living and breathing Impressionist painting.
Metropol HotelPress photo
This old Russian town (founded in the 11th century) embodies everything that can be expected from "an
Kutkhiny BatyIgor Shpilenok / Wikipedia
Kutkhiny Baty is a weird-looking valley of pumice stone (rock glass) 4 km from Kurile Lake. These rock formations are about 110 meters high.
Orda CaveGetty Images
The longest underwater cave in Russia and the whole of Eurasia, situated under the western Urals, is a popular cave diving destination. It stretches 4,600 meters underwater.
Glass BeachLegion Media
Tyatya VolcanoSergei Krasnoukhov/TASS
This is an active "volcano inside a volcano" (it has two cones, an old and a young one) located on Kunashir Island. It last erupted in 1973. The crater sometimes emits poisonous vapors and bears can often be spotted at the foot of the volcano.
City of the DeadStanislav Kazanov
Church of the Sicilian Icon of the Mother of GodInsider / Wikipedia
It’s not known for sure whose idea it was to carve out a chapel from a chalk mountain: perhaps hermit monks or Christians who fled from persecution in the Byzantium time? Nowadays this unusual church is a protected building.
Zhivopisny MostAlexander Novikov/Global Look Press
Football pitch in Moscow RegionYura Borshchev
This football pitch in the midst of a forest - in Meshchersky Park outside Moscow - will appeal even to those who have no intention of playing football there.
Aq Qaya White RockAydar Daminov / Wikipedia
This 325-meter tall cliff in the Belogorsky District is a popular filming location, which is not surprising given that this place could be somewhere in Puerto Rico.
Tauric ChersoneseLegion Media
This ancient polis on the southwestern coast of Crimea was founded by the Greeks. Some 2,000 years on, its ruins are still a beautiful sight.
Trans-Siberian RailwayLegion Media
Eight time zones, 87 cities, 5,700 miles across two continents – this route is often described as "the adventure of a lifetime." The price is spending a week on a train. But it appears that it’s worth it.
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