The storied Moscow Metro Two

Moscow Metro

During a stay in the Russian capital, you can’t get around it: the Moscow Metro. Its magnificent architecture makes it one of the most beautiful in the world. In the meantime, this most important means of transport, with its 12 lines and 223 stations, has been in existence for 84 years. But it is said… Continue reading

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Ivan the Terrible: the story of Russia’s expansion

Ivan the Terrible

Today Russia is the largest country on Earth by area, and covers more than one-eighth of the planet’s inhabited land area. But how did it get to be so big? The answer to this question lies all the way back in the 16th century with the Russian ruler Ivan IV, known as Ivan the Terrible.… Continue reading

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Russian etiquette – Do’s and Don’ts when visiting Russia

Pedestrians

Russian society is marked by ancient traditions and habits. They are very cultural and so they easily recognize other cultures by their behavior. Sometimes these other behaviors may even be considered offensive to Russian citizens. So you should know about the table manners, Russian gestures and traditions, if you want to experience a stay without… Continue reading

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Russian Remedy to Cold Weather: Ushanka

Wearing animal skin or fur in order to keep the head warm and protect it from the cold weather is a very old tradition, popular since the ancient times. Nowadays they are still used. There are many different types of hats to choose from: top hats, knitted headpieces, earmuffs, bonnets, football caps and many others.… Continue reading

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Arkhip Kuindzhi’s exhibition at the State Tretyakov Gallery

Kuindzhi's exhibition

Russian culture has definitely given the world plenty of talented painters. Some of the painters are world famous, some of them are forgotten. For example, most of the icons were painted by unknown iconographers. Their icons can be admired in art collections and galleries. There are hundreds of famous Russian painters, for instance Arkhip Kuindzhi… Continue reading

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