Russia is truly a beautiful place, somewhere that history oozes out of every building. In a city as old as Moscow beautiful buildings show the lifestyles of emperors from the 14th century and tourist attractions show the tombs of the some of the most radical thinkers of this century.
One of the major attractions in Russia is St. Basil’s Cathedral which was built by Ivan the Terrible in the 14th century. Tradition holds that upon completion of the cathedral, Ivan blinded the architect so that he could never create something as beautiful again. However, that story is widely up for debate.
The Red Square is the very center of Moscow, a place that is closely tied to Soviet Russia as it was the official address of the Soviet government. Vladmir Lenin’s tomb is there – shaped like an Egyptian pyramid. It was built that way with the thought that just as the Egyptians believed in life after death, so many believed that Lenin’s ideas would live on after his death. The square is the center for many military parades – even still today – but the most famous one was in 1941 when the military paraded through Red Square and went straight to the front lines. Upon defeat of Nazi Germany, the German flags were thrown down in front of Lenin’s tomb.
American’s love Russia. Really, what’s funnier than the “Meanwhile in Russia…” trend?
In St. Petersburg is the gorgeous Winter Palace. This palace was the original home of the Russian monarchs (think Anastasia here). After the uprising of the working class, the palace was turned into the famous Hermitage Museum. The Hermitage holds some of the greatest works of art in history, including a few original Da Vinci paintings. The inside of the palace is absolutely beautiful, and a treat to even the most uneducated art critic.
Russia has always been a fixture in pop culture, usually as the home for many of the bad guys. Even a new TV series called “The Americans” just started airing on FX about Russian spies who acted and lived as Americans during the Cold War.
Find more pictures of the Motherland these spies were fighting for back at Newscom!
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