Russia’s Top 10 Tourist Attractions
What is the first thing which comes to your mind when you hear of Russia? I am sure it is either the Russian vodka or the beautiful James Bond girls. But, do you know that there are many other attractive things in this beautiful country apart from vodka or the bond girls? Following are top ten tourist attractions in Russia you must visit if you are planning a trip to Russia.
Top 10 attractions in Russia
- Kremlin – Moscow
The first city you would obviously visit when you reach Russia is it’s beautiful capital, Moscow. Kremlin is one tourist attraction in Russia with unmatched beauty. It is a series of citadels, four palaces, four cathedrals and the Kremlin towers with Kremlin walls. Kremlin has a rich history behind it. It has its existence since the BC days while it later became the home of Tsars. Kremlin has survived generations of sieges and reconstruction, Napoleon’s siege being the last almost successful one. Nowadays it is used for governmental affairs.
- Red Square – Moscow
The Red Square is situated between the Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral, and the GUM department store. It is a historical landmark and if you guessed that it got its name due to communism, you are wrong. You are also wrong if you thought that it got its name due to red bricks surrounding it. It actually gets its name from the Russian word krasnaya which means “red” or “beautiful”. This name was originally used for St. Basil’s Cathedral, but later moved towards the square. The Red Square is Russia’s popular marketplace, and used for public ceremonies and concerts.
- St. Basil’s Cathedral – Moscow
This cathedral is unique, elegant, colorful and beautiful. There is probably no other cathedral in the world which can match its beauty. It is situated to the south east of the Red Square. It is sometimes confused to be a part of Kremlin which is not true.
- The Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood – St. Petersburg
The “The Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood” is one of the most beautiful structures you will find in St.Petersburg. This was erected in memory of Emperor Alexander II on the spot where he was assassinated. It was also built in memory of the numerous reforms he brought to the city. It is stylish, artistic, political and historical, and reminds the visitors the hard times in Russian history.
- The Winter Palace and Hermitage Museum – St. Petersburg
The Winter Palace has been home to the Tzars since 1760s. This palace is built on the banks of the river Neva and it portrays the classical Baroque style of architecture. It is also popular as the main building of the Hermitage Museum. This museum is one of the most respected museums in the world and the largest art gallery in Russia. The museum boasts of over 2.7 exhibits and it displays a wide range of artefacts and art from all over the world.
- Mamayev Kurgan – Volgograd
The battle of Stalingrad (now Volgograd) is one of the most famous battles in European history as it killed Hitler’s dream of European conquest. The hill in Volgograd is now called Mamayev Kurgan and it stands at a height of 102 meters above sea level. This hill is a reminder of the violent battle between the Russian and Hitler’s forces where Russia finally won the battle crushing Hitler’s army.
- St. Isaac’s Cathedral – St. Petersburg
Located in St. Petersburg, this is the tallest church in Russia and it stands 101.5 meters tall. The tourists can see the Bronze Horseman sculpture outside the cathedral while they see paintings by Carlo Brullo inside.
- The Bolshoi Theater – Moscow
This is one of the historic theaters in the country. It also plays home to one of the oldest and greatest ballet companies, the Bolshoi ballet. The Petrovsky Theater and Beethoven Hall are some of the biggest attractions in this theater.
- The Russian Museum – St. Petersburg
This museum is situated in the premises of Mikhailovski Palace and is also an institute for academic research. It was established by Emperor Nicholas in 1895 and was the first museum for Russian fine arts. Some of the buildings which the museum includes are the Saint Michael’s Castle and Rastrelliesque Stroganov Palace.
This is one of the oldest cities in Russia and dates back to the mid 9th century, when it became the political center of the Slavic and Fino-Ugrics tribes. It was accorded prime importance when the state of Kievan Rus was founded. During the middle ages, this city was thriving with art and paintings which can be found in many of the ancient churches.
Now that I have mentioned the top ten tourist attractions in Russia, when are you booking your tickets to this beautiful country?