Also known as the Church of the Resurrection of Christ, this is one of the most emblematic buildings of St. Petersburg. It is located near the bank of the Gribaedova canal, and was built in honor of Tsar Alexander II, who was killed there on March 13, 1881. Of unquestionable beauty, and inspired by St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, the construction has certain characteristics closely related to the assasined tsar. The central dome of the cathedral measures 81 meters high because the Tsar died in 1881. The lateral domes each measure 62 meters high since the Tsar died at 62. It is a definite must visit if you go to St. Petersburg.
St. Basil´s Cathedral is on the southeast part of the Red Square, and stands as a symbol of the city of Moscow. The Cathedral is an orthodox temple and was constructed by Ivan the Terrible in the year 1555 to commemorate the conquest of Kazan.
I put my photos of the trip and my totally positive experience here. I entered this square without looking at, really. I mean, I was looking at it from the ground. Once I was in it and I was in the middle looking up I stayed there 20 mins looking at the St. Basil and the Kremlin. It was a dream come true. If you like this corner and you want to continue traveling through Mongolia, check out my other pictures! And if you have any questions, just ask. I'll gladly answer. CHEERS FROM MINUBE!
Gauguin Fe, a French post-impressionist painter, was one of the most important 19th century. His most famous paintings are painted in Polynesia, where, sick and ruined, he decided to flee Europe and civilization to discover and capture new things in his paintings. After going back to France without money, he received an inheritance from his uncle and decided to stay permanently in Polynesia. In Tahiti, he met Tehura, which would become his model. He was very inspired and painted 70 canvases in just a few months. But after some years of happiness, administrative and personal problems, he sank. He also had some major health issues: A leg injury that failed to heal and syphilis. Towards the final years of his life he found a partner and had a son with a young woman of the Marquesas, but later he also contracted leprosy. In 1897 he attempted to kill himself, survived and only with a small pension. He later died on May 9, 1903. In the Hermitage you can find "Pastors Tahitians",and "Woman holding a fruit" among other works of his.
The biggest attraction in Kazan is Kremlin, a world heritage site. With white, wooden ceilings, it´s an authentic beauty that is little known. Only some Russian tourists stroll along its streets. The blue and white mosque stands inside. This city has a great Russian-Muslim mix and this is very visible in the Kremlin. There is also an Orthodox Cathedral which was built over an old mosque to claim religious power. When the new mosque was built, it became the star of the Kremlin and Orthodox Cathedral has been left to the background. It shows the great rivalry that exists in the capital of Tatarstan between the two great religions.
Built in 1710, the first church of St. Isaac's was made of wood. The interior of the church is as impressive as its exterior. The interior fascinates because of the magnificence of its form. The profusion of frescoes, mosaics and sculptures, combined with marble, semiprecious stones, gold and a variety of colours are really impressive! The pillars, the other elements of the altar, and the two chapels of the cathedral were decorated with 400kg of gold, 1,000 tons of bronze, 16,000kg of malachite and more than 11 square meters of Badakhshan Lapis. For the wall and floor decoration, black Caucasus slate was used and different kinds of marble.
The Peterhof Palace was the official winter residence of the Czars, a place where they'd move when it simply became too cold to live in other parts of the country. This palace is on the shores of the Gulf of Finland and is currently a museum of period furniture and artworks which once adorned the palace. Inside, you can't take photos or touch anything, but that's almost better because you pay more attention to the exhibits. Inside, you'll find bedrooms, music halls, banquet halls...all decorated to the last detail with everyday items from the time. This is considered one of the most beautiful palaces in the world. Oh! And the palace gardens are without comparison!
Also is really expensive to buy clothes or anything here, but if you visit Moscow you have to go to the Gum, and also to go to the bathrooms, they are payed in the first floor, and free in the third one, but you have to see yourself the ones that are payed, the cost if I remember it well is of about ₽130-₽200 (I went long time ago, so I don't have this information fresh)
Admittedly, the Moscow metro is the strangest I've ever visited. From the very beginning it's interesting, when you put a kind of coin in to go between turnstyles between the apparent coldness of the Russian passersby. Sometimes, the stations are large, cold and have endless escalators that connect with other stations, which were old bunkers during the war. Other stations that seem to be miniature museums with bronze sculptures, lamps and ceilings that look like the ones in palaces and a statue of Lenin present in most of them. I recommend anyone that who visits Moscow enjoys this great city through its public transportation system, as it becomes more of a travel experience and a quick and cheap way to move around the Russian capital.
This is the hub of the city, a huge and monumental plaza with buildings facing the Winter Palace, part of the Hermitage Museum. The square is dominated by a triumphal column topped by an angel, the symbol of Alexander I's victory over Napoleon. In the south is a grand triumphal arch with bronze horses. This is where the Bolshevik revolution was born, and today it is filled with carriages and street hawkers. If you want to buy something, expect to haggle, and pay in rubles. There are also period costumed actors, ve you can take a picture with.
The Fortress of St. Peter and St. Paul constitutes the historic center of the city. It was the first building that Peter the Great ordered to be built of his own design. It is on a small swampy island located between the Great Neva and the Kronwerk channel. Peter the Great was the first of the tsars to be buried here, at his request, and from that moment on, all the descendants of the Russian throne were buried here as well. Its well worth getting lost inside the walls of the fortress for an entire day.
Many people I met in Russia commented that one of their favourite vacation spots was Lake Baikal, near Irkutsk. Of course, these trips normally take place in the summer because during my visit to this region during January 2011,the temperatures were so extreme that it was an adventure just to walk around there. The Lake Baikal lay like a white desert that was lost in the horizon. Snow was everywhere around the lake, a small village and the mountains, that formed a wall in front of the sea of snow and ice. Climbing some of those hills was an interesting adventure, grabbing the trees to climb and dodging any attempt to "figure skate" on the descent. The little town seemed deserted except for some local and some horses and dogs rummaging for something to eat. The experience of going into one of the houses was unique, accompanying the elderly owner who invited us to have a tea and try some rough Russian cigarettes. A unique place!
Orthodox Cathedral in Moscow, Russia. It's actually quite new, it was completely demolished by Stalin and after the fall of communism, it was rebuilt exactly as it was before thanks to private donations (it's said that many of which came from the Russian mafia). It's an impressive structure with a beautiful interior, actually you don't notice how new it is. A dress code is required for entry (no shorts or anything that shows the shoulders), and you have to show respect inside. The Russians have become quite devoted in recent years.
Lenin made it clear that when he died he did not want any tributes or special events held in his honor. They didn't pay him much attention. Visit his corpse is an almost surreal experience, especially for the level of ceremony that imprinted at the sight. You can only visit it about 3 hours a day, strictly forbidden to enter with bags, cameras or mobiles, and they demand absolute silence and even the guards will call you out for having your hands in your pockets. One comes out of the tomb with the impression of having seen the body of a religious figure.
You can arrive at this market by taking the metro to Izmailovsky Kremlin station. It is a very kitsch style market; its abandoned amusement park now reused as a flea market. Here tourists can find souvenirs at a great price and Russian citizens will buy clothes like that found in any market. Not is unmissable but it is very interesting.
Peterhof Palace, the residence of the Russian tsars, is one of the many wonders of St. Petersburg, which is not to say the only wonder of the city.
But, no doubt, besides the palace, what impresses most is its gardens. Imagine czars walking in the groves, the fountains, sand paths, and terraces that let you see the entire landscape. And, from one of the terraces of the palace you can see the whole backyard, called Lower Park, with the swell, the Gulf of Finland. Quite impressive.
The color combination of yellow and white palace and garden green with golden statues, forming a unique landscape, with great taste and care. Like all Russian monuments. Personally, I think it is one of the wonders created by the man that has surprised me the most. I recommend that you enjoy it quietly, taking pictures of every corner, just like I did.
As we were told there at the palace, the visit to the palace is complicated, but still worth going to see this beautiful garden outside. You can enjoy a wonderful walk through a historical and beautiful palace and park steeped in intrigue. Ah! And it is the largest complex of fountains worldwide. So there you have it ...
Catherine's Palace is just outside of St. Petersburg, and is one of the area's attractions that you can't miss. Everything here is bigger. Even the streets, especially Moscow Avenue that you take to get to Catherine's Palace. The palace is spectacular in its grandeur, with its gold leaf domes. Then, once you're inside the palace you'll be amazed by its rooms. One of the first ones you'll come to is the hall of mirrors and another one is the amber lounge. That's the only room you can't take pictures of. That room has special lighting in it. At the end of your day trip I recommend taking a walk along the river Neva. You'll be seduced by its canals and bridges. Ah! Be sure to say hi to the people you see.
Another great work that can be found in St. Petersburg: Our Lady of Kazan. Ordered to be constructed by James I, this cathedral was inspired by the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome and took 10 years create. The visit shouldn´t be a very long one, but it is interesting to spend a good time there looking. To start is the outside, with majestic Corinthian columns, which at night should be spectacular. When I went there was a mass. As I said, the Russian Orthodox are very religious and do not like when tourists come to look at it as if it were a show. They scolded us when we took pictures or talked. Still, it´s really worth going inside and enjoying its sculptures, decorations and murals, which have involved very important artists of Russian history.