Dachas: An Essential Part of the Russian Landscape

Russian Dacha Experience

My journey outside of the city center Дача (Dacha) has no direct translation in the English language, often being referred to as a “summer home”. However, the reality and culture surrounding dacha’s is entirely more complex. The term became part of Russian culture during the Empire, referencing plots of lands gifted by the Tsar. During… Continue reading

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A Weekend at The Russian Dacha

Russian Dacha

A Weekend at The Russian Dacha For many Muscovites, a weekend in the summer means escaping the heat and crowds of the city by spending time at an out of town cottage, known in Russian as a dacha or дача. The dacha is an important place for many Russians. It is a place to relax and recuperate… Continue reading

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The History of the Russian Country home – Dacha (Дача)

Russian Country home

The History of the Russian Country home – Dacha (Дача) The history of the Russian Country home – Dacha, is diverse.  The word “dacha” originated in the 17th century from the verb “davat’” (to give), in reference to plots of land distributed by the Tsar. At the beginning of the 18th century during the reign of… Continue reading

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Popular Traditions: Where There Is A Dacha, There Is a Banya

Popular traditions

Popular Traditions: Where There Is A Dacha, There Is a Banya Popular traditions throughout Russian history emits an incredibly long list of traditions. However, none of these are so famous as the culture of the Russian Баня (Banya), one of the oldest Slavic traditions. Despite the fact that this custom is several centuries old, the… Continue reading

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