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Yasnaya Polyana - A Glimpse into the Life of Tolstoy

Russia is a country that has a rich and turbulent history, but has also been blessed with a magnificent cultural and traditional heritage. One of the most celebrated authors to come out of Russia is Leo Tolstoy. Both of his legendary books, namely “Anna Karenina” and “War and Peace”, were international sensations and cemented Tolstoy’s legacy into the fabric of Russia and in many hearts around the world. It was at Yasnaya Polyana that the life of Leo Tolstoy came full circle.

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Edmond J Safra Grand Choral Synagogue

St Petersburg, in Russia, is known as a city that is alive with arts, culture, history and noteworthy sites. And none are more significant than the breathtaking churches, synagogues and chapels that have survived wars, persecution and many turbulent times throughout the history of Russia. They are a connection to the past, a reminder of what has been achieved, and a witness to the country’s growth. One of these magnificent buildings is the Edmond J Safra Grand Choral Synagogue.

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The Luxury Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express

The Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express is a joint Russian-British project and is the first private tourist train in Russia. Despite the price of approximately $19,000 for a Gold Class ticket and $16,000 for Silver Class, the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express has been sold out since its inaugural trip in May 2007.

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Russian Orthodox Christmas – 7 January

In accordance with the old Julian calendar, the Russian Orthodox Christmas is celebrated on 7 January, thirteen days after the Western Christmas on 25 December. Christmas, along with other religious celebrations, was banned throughout Russia after the 1917 Revolution. It was only in 1992, some 75 years later, that Christmas was once again openly observed. Today, the Russian Orthodox Christmas is celebrated in splendid style, with faithful adherents of the Russian Orthodox Church often attending all night Mass at ornately decorated cathedrals filled with the aroma of incense.

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Discover the Beauty of Palekh Art

The small village of Palekh was known throughout Russia to be the artistic centre of some of the best icon-paintings ever produced in Russia. It is also home to one of the leading Palekh art schools, even though there are a few schools scattered across the country. Becoming a certified Palekh artist is not as easy as it might look. The course takes four years to complete and, even though hundreds of artists send in applications to attend; only five artists graduate each year. The standard for Palekh art is very high, as it is a tradition that has become more popular over the years, and opens a world of opportunity to artists.

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Look into the History of Astrakhan

If you travel to the southern parts of European Russia, you will find a large city known as ‘Astrakhan’. This important city serves as the administrative center of the Astrakhan Oblast and is home to roughly 500 000 people. Astrakhan is situated on the banks of the Volga River not far from the point where it empties into the Caspian Sea. Its name, which is taken from the old Turkic-Hun word “As-Tarkhan”, is just one of the many small indications that this now large Russian city enjoys a very long and interesting history.

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Explore the Stunning Kluchevskoy Nature Park

The striking Kluchevskoy Nature Park is known mainly for its largest and most intimidating feature – the Kluchevskoy Volcano. Located in central Kamchatka, this very active volcano has gained a reputation for being both the highest summit in the Russian Far East and the biggest volcanic cone in Eurasia. In fact, there are few volcanoes that can compete with this impressive giant!

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Surgut – Business and Leisure Destination

The city of Surgut in Russia is the second largest city in the Tyumen Oblast and the largest in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug. The city was founded in 1594 by order of Tsar Feodor I, the son of renowned Ivan the Terrible and Anastasia Romanovna. Feodor I was the last Rurikid Tsar of Russia.





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