23 Trip to Solovetsky Islands

Trip to Solovetsky Islands

  Jose has travelled to the Solovetsky Islands, the place where the big stronghold was founded as long ago as the rule of Ivan the Terrible, and which later served for centuries as a monastery. Currently there is still a large monastery and only around eight hundred people living there. The island is in the middle of the White Sea and can be reached by a plane or a ship and is a place of constant pilgrimage for Russian Orthodox believers, so the route is
busy all the year round. Here are the photos of a guy who took his turn in visiting the island. I really think you should browse the pages of this post through to the end as there are tons of cool photos of the fortress and even the ancient pre-Christian labyrinth made of stone closer to the end of the post. There are also lots of shots of the beautiful Northern Russian nature and things you can only see there.  
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3 Estonian Hotel Ad from 1985

Estonian Hotel Ad from 1985

Estonia. A part of the USSR in 1985. The Soviet state is still strong and there are six more years before its total collapse. No private business is still allowed, however the first "cooperatives" are already sprouting here and there. Those were the first days en
route to capitalism, and these are the ads one Estonian hotel published. You can already feel the advent of change. We even have to cut out one photo from the set as it featured not very well dressed ladies. Good thing the captions are in English.
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6 Holland in Ural

Holland in Ural

Hey, do you think you can see some middle ages architecture from Holland or from other places in Europe in this pic? No, its not. It is a city in the Ural part of Russia called Yoshkar-Ola (the name is not very common, even for a Russian ear). The city mayor, as per the story, ordered that the downtown of his city be converted into an old Brugge-like
town. These are not just fake sets like they use in movies - they are real buildings where the administrative offices and some other organizations are located. At night, they turn on the lights and all of this fake European town reflects on the water. Want to see more? Nefer has travelled there and taken the photos we have inside: 
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7 Abandoned Miners Village in Siberia Mounts

Abandoned Miners Village in Siberia Mounts

These are lands where a lot of mining businesses operated during Soviet times and prisoners worked there. Gold and pewter was mined. At first, pewter was imported from England, then later they decided to mine it
locally, so these popped up across Siberia. Sometimes in pretty far away places. Alexandr says he had to travel over 1300km with his dad to get to this place. Inside we can peek into their adventure.
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3 Donetsk in 1984

Donetsk in 1984

Probably most of us here have heard about the city of Donetsk - a place in Ukraine that has been all over the news lately and probably suffered the most from what's happening there. And to see what it was like before, it would probably be interesting to
compare it to the photos of the city from thirty years ago - the year 1984, when American photographer Will Blizzard visited the city. Now there are some photos left for us to see the city on the verge of the collapse of the USSR. Enjoy.
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5 Trip to a Traditional Cloths and Fabric Making

Trip to a Traditional Cloths and Fabric Making

In the small village on the bank of the river there is still a factory which continues the tradition of old craftsmanship. Well, there is no real continuity as in 1927 it was converted into a communist owned factory with appointed managers,
however the methods they use today are very reminiscent of the ones they used years ago. They even used the old machinery from long ago. And here Dmitriy is taking a tour around and we can see the photos thanks to his effort:
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5 Trip to North for a Biology Researchers Village

Trip to North for a Biology Researchers Village

This is how an abandoned residential district looks in the Russian North. This is not some Far Far North in Siberia but rather a European North, close to Norway (really close, just maybe 50km from the border of Norway) and close to the waters of the Northern Ocean, which seems not to freeze here due to the Gulf-stream. So the blogger
Lana went there to take photos and thanks to her efforts we can see those photos here, too. Come inside for a tour of the spooky abandoned village, the former home of scientists who came to the North to study biology during Soviet Times but aren't there any more. Some people still prefer to remain living there.
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In the year 1900, the leading lumber and wood manufacturers came to St. Petersburg to participate in an exhibition of Russian wood industries. These are the things they brought with them. Come on inside to see what the exhibitions looked like in Russia at that time.

2 Wood and Lumber Exhibition of Year 1900

Wood and Lumber Exhibition of Year 1900

In the year 1900, the leading lumber and wood manufacturers came to St. Petersburg to participate in an exhibition of Russian wood industries.
These are the things they brought with them. Come on inside to see what the exhibitions looked like in Russia at that time.  
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6 The First House of  St. Petersburg: the Royal Hut of the Peter I

The First House of St. Petersburg: the Royal Hut of the Peter I

St. Petersburg was a city built by an order of Peter the First. According to the story, he wanted to build a European city on the shores of the Baltic Sea. The place was chosen strategically to protect the river deltas and the shore from Europeans and also to establish a trading post with Europe on that sea. Construction began in 1703 in the territory conquered from Sweden. Already by 1705 a few shipbuilding docks had been erected turning the town into an industrial center. They say that Peter the Great wanted to build a city based on Venice and Amsterdam - with water channels for the people to travel across the city. He hired an Italian architect to create a master plan of the city.  He was very eager to see how his city was being built so he spent a lot of time there
too and even appointed the new city to become a capital of the Russian Empire nine years after the construction started. So because it became a capital, he needed a palace to live in, and while palace was being constructed he moved into a temporary house built to his special order. This house is still intact in the heart of the city, surrounded by modern architecture, so we can see a piece of history on these photos, as they say it is the first building in St. Petersburg. The rest were probably huts. Well, you know this building was a hut too. However to protect the wooden historical landmark from the pressure of time passing by, they erected a brick building AROUND the original wooden hut. See this inside.
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3 Can You Guess What Those Are?

Can You Guess What Those Are?

Can You Guess What These Are? These are pretty much widely used across Buryatia. This little gadget
often is made of metal or sometimes of leather. So what's this? There is an answer inside.
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