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Enjoy the Snow at Sheregesh Ski Area

The Sheregesh Ski Area in Russia has been one of the country’s best-kept secrets. Located at the foot of the Altai Mountains, in western Siberia, the ski resort has made the small mining region of Kemorovo a popular skiing destination and Russian attraction. In recent years, the existence of this magnificent skiing attraction has become better known to international visitors, and is no longer used exclusively by locals from Russia.


The Importance of Name Day Celebrations

Name day is an ancient tradition of attaching names of saints, many of whom had been martyred, to each day of the year. Name day celebrations originate from the tradition of naming children after saints and then holding a celebration on the name day of that particular saint. This is a common practice throughout many European countries as well as Russia.


Eighth International Winter Festival Arts Square

The very first International Winter Festival Arts Square was held in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1999. Its magnificent success has led to the Eighth International Winter Festival Arts Square that will start on 28 December 2007 and end on 7 January 2008.


New Jerusalem Monastery and Museum

The New Jerusalem Monastery is situated in the town of Istra in the Moscow Oblast, Russia, and serves as home to the New Jerusalem Museum. The museum, which was established in 1920, has in excess of 170,000 exhibits of Russian and Western paintings, icons, embroidery, ancient household items, copper castings, rare handwritten books and historical documents representing the rich history and culture of the Russian people.


The Fun-Filled Festival of Sabantuy

The festival of Sabantuy is celebrated in many villages and towns across Russia, but most people travel to Kazan for the annual Kazan Sabantuy. Sabantuy is an ancient and traditional festival that was once restricted to the farmers. Today it is a national holiday and has even been nominated by Moscow to be inducted on the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity list. But when the origins of the festival are looked at, one notices a deeper cultural meaning to the festivities.


Stroll through the Beautiful Letniy Sad

The exquisite Letniy Sad (Summer Garden) in St. Petersburg, Russia, occupies almost 12 hectares of an island adjacent to the Summer Palace of Peter the Great and is surrounded by the Fontanka River, Moika River and Swan Canal. In 1704 Peter the Great commissioned LeBlond, a Frenchman, to design a formal garden in the style of the gardens in Versailles, France.


Ulyanovsk – A Fantastic Tourist Destination

The city of Ulyanovsk is the administrative center of the Ulyanovsk region, and is located on the Volga River, just east from the capital of Russia, Moscow. It is of great historical importance to Russia, even though many of its buildings and reminders of the past were destroyed during the Soviet era. It is a city where various different nationalities have been able to live in peace with each other, learning to show respect and tolerance towards others. Life in Ulyanovsk has been this way for centuries, and has kept its atmosphere of tranquility and patience.


Vasilievsky Island – A Treasure Trove of Attractions

Bordered by two rivers, Bolshaya Neva and Malaya Neva, and the Gulf of Finland, Vasilievsky Island is situated across the river from the renowned Winter Palace. This district, surrounding the Winter Palace, of Saint Petersburg represents a large segment of the historical center of the city. The famous Lieutenant Schmidt and Palace Bridges connect Vasilievsky Island to the mainland with the Exchange and Tuchkov Bridges connecting Vasilievsky Island to Petrogradsky Island across the Malaya Neva.

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