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Printed Monuments at the Museum of the Holy Bible

Home to some 800 Bibles from around the world, the newly established Museum of the Holy Bible will be displaying 300 of its most valuable Bibles, some dating back to the 16th century, at the St Joseph of Volokolamsk monastery situated 70 miles northwest of Moscow. Overseen by Moscow University professor Irina Pozdeyeva, the museum offers insight into the fascinating history of Christianity in Russia. One of the collections most prized items is the 2,000 page Bible produced by Ivan Fyodorov, widely considered to have been a pioneer of printing in Russia, in the year 1581 and featuring the ancient Slavonic language used by the Russian Orthodox Church.


Orca Conservation off Coast of Kamchatka

Scientists engaged in the study of acoustic and social interactions of dolphins and whales off the coast of Russia's Commander Islands (Komandorskiye ostrova) near the Kamchatka Peninsula in April were met with an extraordinary sight in the shape of a two meter tall pure white dorsal fin sticking out above the water. It was the first sighting of an all-white adult killer whale by the scientists and researchers of the Far East Russia Orca Project (FEROP) which has been monitoring orca whales in the Bering Sea for the past twelve years, assisted by the International Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. Although up to 1,500 whales have been sighted and catalogued during this time, the sighting of the all-white whale is particularly noteworthy.


Feodor Chaliapin: Russian Opera Legend

Opera has long been popular as a form of entertainment in Russia. Catherine the Great was herself an accomplished opera librettist and promoted opera as part of the Russian culture during her reign (1762 to 1796). Recognized as one of the greatest Russian opera singers of the 20th century, Feodor Ivanovich Chaliapin is credited with introducing naturalistic acting into opera performances. He had an expressive bass voice and a charismatic personality which brought him to the attention of the opera-loving public, leading to a successful international career performing at major opera theaters.


The Bridges of Griboyedov Canal

Flowing from the Moyka River through St Petersburg before meeting with the Fontanka River, Griboyedov Canal features twenty-one bridges, each with its own unique characteristics. The canal was constructed in 1739, measuring five kilometers in length and redirecting the flow of the existing Krivusha River. It was later deepened, with the banks being reinforced with granite and was named in honor of the Russian Empress Catherine II – better known as Catherine the Great. With a number of landmarks along its banks, Griboyedov Canal is one of the noteworthy attractions of St Petersburg.


Extreme Hiking in Kamchatka’s Nalychevo Nature Park

With its complex geological terrain and history of hydrothermal and volcanic activity, Nalychevo Nature Park in Kamchatka is one of Russia's protected areas perfect for nature-loving trekkers to explore. Located within easy reach of Kamchatka’s main cities, Yelizovo and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Nalychevo has become a popular ecotourism destination, and its biodiversity is well worth experiencing on an extended trek.


Russian Animation Artist Aleksandr Petrov

Great strides have been made in the animation film industry since artists first created moving pictures in the late 19th century, with ongoing developments in graphics giving animators the tools to go wherever their imagination takes them – and relatively quickly. But, pioneers of animation needed endless patience and ingenuity to create moving pictures for their eager audiences. One of these innovative artists is multiple award-winning Russian animator Aleksandr Konstantinovich Petrov.


Church of the Savior – A Memorial to Tsar Alexander II

Built on the site where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood was built as a memorial to his father by Alexander III, starting in 1883 and completed in 1907 during the reign of Nicholas II. Richly decorated, and featuring a number of onion domes in varying sizes, the church is an architectural marvel and one of the most popular attractions in the city of St Petersburg. While the historic architecture of St Petersburg is mostly in the Neoclassical and Baroque styles, the church, which is also referred to as the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ or Church on Spilt Blood, resembles the 16th century St Basil's Cathedral in Moscow.


Tauride Palace in St Petersburg

Built in the late 18th century, Tauride Palace is one of St Petersburg's largest and most historically significant palaces. The palace was commissioned by Prince Grigory Potemkin of Tauride (Crimea), and designed by Ivan Starov – the celebrated Russian architect who created the layout for the cities of Yaroslavl, Voronezh, Pskov, Mykolaiv and Dnipropetrovsk, among others. The construction of the palace took six-years and it was considered at the time to be the grandest residence of a nobleman in 18th-century Russia, becoming the building upon which other manors were modeled.

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