Russia, the world’s largest country has experienced turbulent times in recent memory and is known for the notoriety of its criminal syndicates and corrupt oligarchs. However, Russia still boasts of incredible monuments that often go unnoticed.The expansive beauty of Russia varies from deep lakes, historical museums, glacier-capped mountains and beautiful art present in churches. Furthermore, these magnificent landscapes and unique architecture have been a source of inspiration to many poets and writers for centuries. For travel enthusiasts, the following are some of the most beautiful travel destinations you can visit.
1. St Basil’s Cathedral
The cathedral’s unique architectural design was built to resemble the shape of a bonfire with onion domes that vary in height. The cathedral’s exceptional design is an architectural masterpiece constructed between 1554 and 1561 – on the orders of Ivan the Terrible – located at the heart of Moscow in an area called . The Basil Cathedral was initially, known as the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat before later being renamed to its current name.
2. Kizhi Island
Based at the heart of Lake Onega, Kizhi island is located in the Northwestern region that borders Finland and White Sea in an area called Karelia. Kizhi Island is famed for its picturesque open-air museum that comprises a collection of wooden structures dating back to the 14th century, with a few featured in the UNESCO World Heritage list. The Karelians residing in this region are mainly peasants as demonstrated by the craftsmanship of the structures, and are torn in between the .The most famous tourist attraction sites in Kizhi Island are the Church of the Resurrection of Lazarus – Russia’s oldest church – and the 120-foot high Church of Transfiguration of Our Savior which comprises of 22 domes.Other famous sceneries include wooden houses, barns, windmills, and chapels.
3. Lake Baikal
Lake Baikal is the world’s oldest, deepest, biggest and most diverse lake which holds about 20- percent of the world’s fresh water. Also known as the Pearl of Serbia, Lake Baikal is located in Siberia encircled by mountain ranges.Tourists can indulge in fun activities such as; trying out the exquisite Baikal omul fish and posy, viewing of nerpas as they swim in their natural habitat, dog sledding activities, visiting hot saunas during winter and fishing on the lake’s shore while sited on a deck chair.
4. Moscow Kremlin
Moscow is Russia’s capital and boasts of numerous iconic landmarks such the Kremlin located close to the Red Square in central Moscow. The Moscow Kremlin deserves to feature in the list of the most prestigious official residences in the world alongside the Buckingham Palace and the White House. The Kremlin houses Russia’s top government representatives. This fortified complex comprises of four palaces, four cathedrals, and museums built in the 15th and 16th century engulfed by a towering wall. Also, within the confines of the Kremlin’s 250-acre ground are treasures such as a jewelry collection of j a 190-carat diamond offered by Catherine the Great, royal treasures of the past, a Diamond Fund Exhibition, and Armoury.