5 Antique Wooden Church in Russian Kondopoga

Antique Wooden Church in Russian Kondopoga

These types of antique wooden antique churches are extremely rare in Russia. Main reason  - they are wooden. Wood doesn't stand centuries as good as the stone buildings. Fires are danger for them too. Another reason they are rare because were
mainly built in the Russian north. They say they also were built mainly without the use of any metal objects - nail or whatsoever. So what you going to see is one of the most rare wooden churches from Kondopoga, Karelia, Russia.
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4 Old Russian Ships in Vladivostok

Old Russian Ships in Vladivostok

Blogger Alex went to Diomid bay in Vladivostok and  made some
photos of old Russian ships. Just some atmospheric photos.
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9 Abandoned  City on the Russian Polar Norwegian Svalbard Island

Abandoned City on the Russian Polar Norwegian Svalbard Island

A Pyramida  (Pyramid)  Village is a Russian town that has stayed untouched since 1990s when it was abandoned shortly after the collapse of the USSR. The difference between this particular Soviet town and many other abandoned sites we've seen is its location. It's not in Russia. Yes, it is based on a Norwegian island Svalbard or Spitzbergen as its called in Dutch and in Russia. In Soviet times
Russians have a right to use this part of the island and even had couple of towns there. But now it is all abandoned and has not beem destroyed or rampaged by looters as its too far away from Russia and permafrost preserves things well. Let's see what's there.   Thanks to prominent Russian blogger and traveler Sergey D. we can now dip into some well preserved Russian past:
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4 Russian Crimea in 1974-1976

Russian Crimea in 1974-1976

For all those who enjoy seeing old nostalgic photos of the Soviet era, these are really cool
colored photos of people living their lives in resort area of Russian Crimea. Really atmospheric!
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2 Russian Empire in the Late 19th Century

Russian Empire in the Late 19th Century

If you, as many others here, like to see awesome old photos of the pre-communist Russian Empire in full color and of a large size, then you probably would be glad to know that a new series of photographs of  Russia has
been released by the Russian State Archive of Photo and Cinematic Documents. This depicts the Russian Empire on the verge of entering the 20th century, in full color and really huge posting for you to enjoy!
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6 Inside of the Russian Great Kronshtadt Cathedral

Inside of the Russian Great Kronshtadt Cathedral

Nikolski Sobor or Nikolski Cathedral in Krondshtadt is the largest and latest Old Russian Navy Cathedral in Russia - largest in the set of cathedrals built by Old Tsar Russian Navy for sailors and officers. It's always crowded as many people from all parts of
Russia travel to St. Petersburg and often visit the cathedral thanks to the new road which has been built on a dam going around St. Petersburg on the Baltic Sea. Thanks to Yuri who visited it and tooks these awesome full screen photos.
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1 Russian Wooden Lace from Tomsk

Russian Wooden Lace from Tomsk

Sometimes we publish these masterpieces - real lace, looking light and exquisitely crafted on wooden houses of the past. Not all of them are well preserved, many of them were destroyed either by natural causes or by human activities as often they don't get the protection and attention they deserve,
so instead of referring to modern photos there are only archive photos left. So today another masterpiece of late 19th century wooden architecture - some of the photos are modern, some from the Soviet period and the oldest ones are from a long time before. Hope you like it!
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10 Abandoned Crimean Atomic Power Plant

Abandoned Crimean Atomic Power Plant

Crimea has experienced frequent electricity shortages for the last two years, with some parts of the peninsula getting their lights on only for a few hours a day. Russia is trying to build a technological bridge which would carry power cables to feed Crimea with electrical power
from continental Russia. In these unstable times, this might play a crucial role for the Crimean people had it not been abandoned and neglected in late Soviet times. Here are a few photos of the interior of this place, called Crimean Nuclear Power Plant.
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5 An Abandoned Orbita

An Abandoned Orbita

Another installation remains abandoned in Chukotka - a Russian region close to Alaska - an abandoned complex called "Orbita" or "An Orbit". It was pretty well preserved and locked for years but now it's all totally open and anyone can walk in. Of course anyone is a pretty big word for the Chukotka region, so desolate and far away that
even with all of the doors open, this place has probably not been visited at all. It takes a few days to get here from Moscow, changing planes a few times and then travelling by trucks or helicopters. A blogger who calls himself Zhzhitel went there and now we can see what's going on there. Let's see what's inside!
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0 Russian Artist Sergei Vinogradov and Scenes of Life He Depicted

Russian Artist Sergei Vinogradov and Scenes of Life He Depicted

Do you sometimes want to know how things were a hundred years ago? How people lived? What they felt? Did their surroundings looked like ours? Was the nature the same? Then we try to resort to photography but soon realize that at those times it was not like it is now - when everyone has a camera in their cell phone. At that time only a few had access to technology and if they were taking photos they were staging shots, posed very precisely and often
with precious moments of life slipping by unnoticed. So another resource to visually see the life of the past is art. Painters were often more interested in getting real life on their canvases, and we are lucky that such artists, like for example this old Russian painter Sergei Vinogradov, existed. He depicted people, surroundings and more from a hundred years ago and now we can enjoy his works and get the feel. See more inside!
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