During the travel from Moscow to Paris I wrote the last entry about Russia in my travel journal. It was an amazing trip, and I feel like I’m always saying that to everyone… And because I was being in default to you, I can now share the rest of my Russia trip. Hopefully, it will not be my last post about this amazing Country!
A modern ‘Soviet’ city where I experienced the life and character of Novosibirsk’s rich culture where the arts and science predominate. The city is located in the heart of Russia and is situated on both banks of the River Ob. The building of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theater is the largest theater building in Russia and I must say: the prettiest one in the city!
The parliament building in London was made of roofing iron made in Yekaterinburg. Ural steel was used in the construction of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and Ural copper – in the construction of the Statue of Liberty in New York. How amazing is this? The Museum of Military Machinery houses an amazing collection of different types of military hardware including tanks, aircraft, boats and even armored trains. Is a real treat for anyone with an interest in the Soviet past, unparalleled by anything else along the route. I also made a short stop at the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Centre, recently opened in Yekaterinburg, which is dedicated to the contemporary political history of Russia and its first president.
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The Kazan Kremlin is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Kazan is the oldest metropolis not only of Russia but also perhaps the oldest city in Eastern Europe, behind only Prague and Kiev. The temple of all religions was created by the sculptor and artist Ildar Khanov. It’s a city with a rich tapestry of history and culture. One of the highlights of this city is the Kremlin Fortress. Within the walls of this ancient citadel, I explored the stunning mosque and picture-perfect onion-domed cathedral.
In Russia and Europe, Moscow it is the largest city in terms of population. More than 12 million people live in Moscow. It’s crazy. Many cities in the world can envy Moscow by the number of parks. The oldest of them – the Alexander Garden – is established in the XVIII century.
The two most famous diamonds in the world are stored in Moscow in the Diamond Fund. One of them is called “Shah”, its mass is 88 carats. On the stone are inscriptions telling about his former owners. In 1829 he was presented to Nikolay I by the Teheran Shah as a sign of reconciliation after the defeat of the Russian embassy and the assassination of the diplomat and poet A. Griboedov. The diamond “Orlov” is the largest in the collection of the Diamond Fund. Presumably, he was found in India and was the eye of a Buddha statue. Subsequently, he was bought by Count Orlov as a gift to Catherine II.
Besides all the historic parts, Moscow is incredible when you dive into the luxury places: big and shiny, just what everyone thinks about high Russia.