4 Ancient Wooden Churches of Karelia Land

Ancient Wooden Churches of Karelia Land

If you really want to see a lot of old Russian traditional wooden architecture, namely churches and chapels, then for sure you need to visit Karelia. This land borders Finland for over 1,000 km along its length on one side, and like Finland is called
"Land of the Lakes" with over 90,000 small lakes. Since the early times people have lived here and built these beautiful, unique wooden churches. Let's see inside, thanks to the Russian blogger Alexei, who took those awesome photos!
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0 Russian City Chita in Late 19th Century

Russian City Chita in Late 19th Century

Chita is a Russian city in Eastern Siberia, in close proximity to China. Founded in 1820, it was a small town with a population not exceeding 10,000 people until the early 1900s. Since it was close to Mongolia and China the architectural and cultural mix was also diverse. Now this city has 300,000 people or
more and looks like any other small Russian city, but in days long past it was a picturesque thing to view. Here are some of the unique photos of this city from those early days when it was nice and small. Some of these photos have English captions from the times they were printed!
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1 Abandoned Russian Villages in 2015

Abandoned Russian Villages in 2015

In Russia there are multitudes of abandoned villages. Most of them have the monuments of a long gone era. One Russian blogger traveled to some of them recently and this post is what he brought back from the journey. We
start with a wooden church. Despite it looks it's not that old.  It was completed in 1910. Then communists turned it into warehouse in 1940  - as they did with many churches that were not blown up.
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1 Awesome Laser Show in Moscow

Awesome Laser Show in Moscow

A few days ago there was an awesome laser projection show on one of the Moscow city's embankments. The show was projected right onto the building which is especially important right now - Russian Defense Ministry Building. The command center for all Syria bombings and also now a giant screen on
which they projected different stories of Russian history.  Thanks to Russian blogger Dmitry we can see it all both on photos and on videos. This posts have them both. A few video clips to show it all in motion and large widescreen photos to present the view. Lets see inside:
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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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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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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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2 Great St. Petersburg Before the October Revolution

Great St. Petersburg Before the October Revolution

Some say the grandeur of the great Russian city of St. Petersburg can easily be compared with such pearls of ancient and medieval civilization as Rome, Vienna, Paris or Venice. It's not very obvious nowadays, when there are plenty of modern and Soviet buildings and a lot of it is spoiled by ads, bad planning and other things, but when you discover for
yourself some rare and previously little seen beautiful shots of the city just before the October Revolution kicked in, you really can understand what they mean when they say it is ancient and beautiful. Don't forget, those pictures, as with many others, can be clicked and turned into beautiful widescreen views of the city. Take a look:
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1 International Army Orchestras March thru the Red Square

International Army Orchestras March thru the Red Square

Marina, one of the best everyday photographers in Russia that I have met so far, has come out again with a cool photo set of the Russian Army Orchestras festival on the Red Square taken at night. Be prepared to see a lot of trained musicians doing all sorts of crazy things in this post,
including throwing their rifles in the air while playing music. You will be able to witness army orchestras in their original national uniform from plenty of countries, like Greece, Pakistan, Russia, Belarus, Belgium, Ireland and many more, even Mexico! Thanks goes to Marina!
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