Must-see attractions in Russia

  • Marble Bridge

    Around St Petersburg

    A striking bridge made of Ural marbles that was built in 1774.

  • Diana's Grotto

    Mineral Water Spas

    This is a favourite viewing and strolling spot for locals.

  • Victory Chapel

    Western Siberia

    A small chapel in a park dedicated to a local saint.

  • War Memorial

    Western Siberia

    A memorial to those who died in WWII.

  • Borovitskaya Tower


    Use the Kremlin entrance at Borovitskaya Tower if you intend to skip the churches and visit only the Armoury or Diamond Fund.

  • Kamennoostrovsky Palace on Kamenny Island.

    Kamennoostrovsky Palace

    St Petersburg

    Catherine the Great built the big, classical Kamennoostrovsky Palace for her son. Today it's a government building that remains closed to the public.

  • Nativity Monastery

    Golden Ring

    Founded in 1192 by Prince Andrei Bogolyubsky's successor, Prince Vsevolod III, this monastery was for a while considered the heart of the Russian church;…

  • Palaty Museum Complex

    Golden Ring

    The grand 18th-century court building between the Assumption and St Dmitry Cathedrals – known as Palaty ('chambers') – houses a children’s museum (adult…

  • Dom Sovietov


    One of the dourest, ugliest of Soviet creations, the upright H-shaped Dom Sovietov (closed to the public) has been nicknamed 'the monster' by locals. On…

  • Fortified House of Kondraty Bulavin

    Russian Caucasus

    Near the western end of ul Sovetskaya stands the fortified house of Kondraty Bulavin, the Cossack rebel leader during the Peasant War (1707–09). Bulavin…

  • Bell Tower

    Western Siberia

    This bell tower was built in 1799 for the Uglich bell, which famously signalled a revolt against Tsar Boris Godunov. The revolt failed; in a mad fury,…

  • Statue of Vladimir Mayakovsky

    Western Siberia

    Although the doomed writer never actually visited Novokuznetsk, he was so moved by the Soviet project to build a new city that he penned a poem starting…

  • Labyrinth

    Northern European Russia

    If you don't have time to visit the mysterious concentric swirls of stones that cover Bolshoy Zayatsky Island, this accessible, reconstructed example is…

  • Monastery of the Epiphany

    Golden Ring

    The Monastery of the Epiphany is now the Archbishop of Kostroma’s residence. The large cathedral in this 14th- to 19th-century complex is the city’s main…

  • Pilot Valery Chkalov Monument

    Nizhny Novgorod

    This stirring monument and photo-op overlooks the Volga near the kremlin. It honours the memory of Soviet test pilot Valery Chkalov, who made historic…

  • Old Yusupov Palace

    St Petersburg

    Not to be confused with the Yusupov Palace on the Moyka River, this place is closed to the public and is used mainly for official receptions. It makes a…

  • Museum of Wooden Architecture


    Just outside the New Jerusalem Monastery’s west wall, the Moscow region’s outdoor architectural museum is a collection of picturesque peasant cottages and…

  • Tobolsk Rayon Administration Building

    Western Siberia

    Less eye-catching than the Kornilov Mansion opposite, the Tobolsk Rayon Administration Building was the home-in-exile of the last tsar, before his fateful…

  • Kant Statue


    Philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724–1804) was born in Königsberg, where he also studied, taught and later died. The Kant Statue is in the front yard of the…

  • Lenin Statue

    Western Siberia

    Flanked by the sturdy buildings of the Tyumen Oblast Parliament (Дом Советов) and the former House of Soviets (Бывший Дом Советов), now a local government…

  • Georgy Zhukov Statue


    Georgy Zhukov was Chief of Staff of the Red Army during the Great Patriotic War. He oversaw the defence of both Leningrad and Stalingrad, as well as the…

  • Lenin Statue


    This frustrated Lenin statue, now relegated to a traffic circle, points at the ugly concrete of the Tomsk Drama Theatre, apparently demanding ‘build more…

  • Lovers Bridge

    Western Siberia

    Lovers Bridge is a local landmark covered in appropriately romantic graffiti and a ridiculous amount of padlocks symbolising ever lasting love…

  • Kornilov Mansion

    Western Siberia

    The grand Kornilov Mansion, named after a 19th-century statesman and philanthropist, is closed while being converted into a museum dedicated to the…

  • Church of Peter the Metropolitan

    Golden Ring

    This white-brick, tent-roofed church at the southwestern corner of Krasnaya pl was built in 1585, financed by Ivan the Terrible to replace an older wooden…

  • Lenin Monument

    Black Sea Coast

    Fans of Soviet kitsch will appreciate Adler's silver-painted Lenin statue. Come out of the central market, turn left and Lenin is waiting for you on the…

  • Archangel Mikhail Church

    Western Siberia

    The attractive Archangel Mikhail Church sits at the top of a hill just off ul Lenina. Follow ul Turgeneva southwest behind the church to a network of back…

  • Crimean War Monuments


    This memorial and small chapel commemorates the lives lost in the Battle of Petropavlovsk, a little-remembered clash between the British, French and…

  • Count Nikolai Muravyov-Amursky Monument


    This striking monument to Count Nikolai Maravyov-Amursky, an early governor of the Russian Far East, stands overlooking the Amur River that he did so much…

  • Viktor Tsoy Monument


    The first official monument in Russia to Soviet New Wave star Viktor Tsoy was unveiled in Barnaul in 2010, despite the fact that the late singer had never…

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