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RUSSIA


Location - Eastern Europe/North Asia; Capital - Moscow; Population - 143 million; Currency - Russian Rouble MORE RUSSIA

After a two-and-a-half day Trans-Siberian train from Tomsk, it was a relief to arrive in Moscow - September 2009.

 

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russia96Fellow passenger Anton stands outside the Trans-Siberian from Tomsk to Moscow

 

 

russia97Passing the town of Bogolyubovo, just over 200kms from Moscow, is the Church of the Intercession on the Nerl

 

 

 

 

russia115Stalin and Lenin side-by-side at the Muzeon Park of Arts, Moscow.

Joseph Stalin was the infamous leader of the Sovier Union from the 1920's until his death in 1953.
His BBC entry here and Wikipedia entry here
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russia116Vladimir Lenin was the Bolshevik leader of the 1917 Russian Revolution, in effect overthrowing Tsar Nicholas II and the Romanov dynasty - Muzeon Park of Arts, Moscow

Lenin's BBC entry here and Wikipedia entry here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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russia125Cross the river close to St Peter the Great and arrive at Christ the Saviour Cathedral, a 1997 replica of the original - Moscow

 

 

russia124Christ the Saviour Cathedral, Moscow

 

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russia128A brilliant view at night is from the bridge to Christ the Saviour Cathedral, looking towards the Kremlin - Moscow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia129Kutafya Tower houses the main entrance to the Kremlin - Moscow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia130The Manezh Exhibition Centre sits behind a fountain of sculptured horses - Moscow

 

 

russia132Walk beneath a water-arch in Moscow

 

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russia133A pond close to the Manezh Exhibition Centre, Moscow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia135 This water feature looks so much better at night - Moscow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia136A Kremlin tower juts above the sculptured pond next to Alexandrovsky Gardens in Moscow

 

 

russia139GUM, the State Department Store, is a fancy shopping centre on Red Square, Moscow

 

 

 

russia159Inside GUM - Red Square, Moscow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia140Red Square, or Krasnaya Ploshchad in Russian, with GUM on the left, the Kremlin on the right and St Basil's Cathedral straight ahead - Moscow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia143The beautiful towers of St Basil's Cathedral, Red Square - Moscow

 

 

russia144St Basil's Cathedral was built in the 16th century on the orders of Ivan the Terrible, who wished to commemorate victory over the Tatars at Kazan - Red Square, Moscow

 

Ivan the Terrible's Wikipedia entry here

 

 

russia148The State History Museum lies at the northern end of Red Square, with the Kremlin to the left - Moscow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia145Just outside the Kremlin walls in Red Square is Lenin's Mausoleum - Moscow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia152The State History Museum as seen from Manezhnaya Square, Moscow

 

 

russia155Alexandrovsky Gardens and the Kutafya Tower, Moscow

 

 

russia157Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and eternal flame, in honour of WWII dead, outside the Kremlin in Alexandrovsky Gardens - Moscow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia161Everyone's heading to St Basil's Cathedral - Moscow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia164Pokrovsky Cathedral, popularly known as St Basil's Cathedral, is a Russian Orthodox cathedral - Moscow

 

 

russia165St Basil is a Russian Orthodox saint who is buried in the cathedral - Moscow

 

 

russia166St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia173There are several churches inside St Basil's Cathedral - Moscow

 

 

russia174Looking out to Red Square from a St Basil's Cathedral window - Moscow

 

 

russia176St Basil's Cathedral, Lenin's Mausoleum and the Kremlin at Red Square, Moscow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia98The Arbat is a pedestrianised shopping district in central Moscow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia103Gorky Park (Park Kultury) is an amusement park made famous by a book and film of the same name - Moscow

 

 

russia104A test unit from the Buran space shuttle programme at Gorky Park, Moscow

 

 

russia106The massive Peter the Great statue on the Moscow River, Moscow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia115Peter the Great, or Peter I of Russia, was ruler of Russia and the Russian Empire in the late 17th/early 18th century - Moscow

 

 

 

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LINKS

www.visitrussia.org.uk - Russia National Tourist Office

www.realrussia.co.uk - UK/Russia based company - visa support and train tickets

www.baikalinfo.com - info on Lake Baikal

www.seat61.com - Seat 61's page on train travel in Russia, and www.seat61.com it's page on the Trans-Siberian

www.waytorussia.net

www.eng.rzd.ru - Russian Railways website, and more info here www.poezda.net

 

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