Only Buddhist Territory in Europe The Kalmykia Republic is the only Buddhist region in the territory of Europe. The people, whose language is derived from Mongolian, are descendants of nomads who first roamed the steppes of Central Asia nearly eight hundred years ago, under the leadership of Genghis Khan. This alone makes it unique yet … More Would you Believe This is in Russia – Or Russia has it’s Buddhist Chess Addicts Too!
An Adygei legend ‘Adygei legend says that once upon a time there were giants in the Caucasus. they were kind and strong creatures, and as it often happens, there were small and spiteful people near them. they were sharp, cunning, whining and artful people who were driven away by their former neighbours for their meanness … More Of Dolmens, Abkhazian Mountains, and other Legends.
Top 20 Kremlins and Fortresses of Russia Kremlin, Russian kreml, formerly kremnik , central fortress in medieval Russian cities, usually located at a strategic point along a river and separated from the surrounding parts of the city by a wooden—later a stone or brick—wall with ramparts, a moat, towers, and battlements. Several capitals of principalities (e.g., … More Top 20 Kremlins and Fortresses of Russia
I Dreamt a Dream of a Desert called “Chara Sands” I dreamt in a dream I found a desert surrounded by forests and mountains, I didn’t think it was possible. Yet everything in Russia is possible including this. But, you say, Russia is a land of forests and taiga, right? Oh, what you don’t know! … More Some seek An Oasis in the Desert others Seek a Desert in the Taiga – “Chara Sands”
Early in Russian history the Urals were called several different names including “Rock” and “Belt”, by the 16th and 17th centuries the range became known as the Urals during the Russian conquest of Siberia. As early as the 13th century in Bashkortostan there was a legend about a hero named Ural. This also could have … More So you want to know a little about the Ural Mountains
In the center of the Eurasian continent, in southern Siberia, spread some of the most beautiful and inaccessible mountains of Russia – Sayan. This mountainous country is a majestic mountain ranges, stretching over a distance of more than a thousand kilometers, and includes the Western and Eastern Sayan. Brothers Mountain Mountain Brothers (parabola). Scientists explain this … More Mysterious Sayan Mountains of Russia
Labyrinths are rare through out the world and are valuable archaeological monuments. In the world approximately 300 have been preserved . The 13 – 14 stone labyrinths found on Bolshoi Zayatsky Island belong to the best preserved ones found anywhere on the planet. These labyrinths are made of stones which have been laid on the … More Labyrinths of Bolshoi Zayatsky Island
Vasyugan Swamp Vasyugan Mire (swamp) is one of the largest swamps in the world located in the interfluve of the Ob and Irtysh Rivers on the territory of the Vasyugan plain situated in the limits of Tomsk, Novosibirsk and Omsk Regions. It is a natural phenomenon that has no analogues in the world. The total … More Vasyugan Swamp – Western Siberia, Russia
Bolshoy Solovetsky island Due to its remoteness, Solovki began to be a place of exile. In the sixteenth century the Moscow government required the monastery to assume new duties as a prison and border fortress, manned by a large non-monastic force of soldiers. With its industrial base, mainly in salt production, products of the sea, … More Russia’s Island’s of Peace
Labynkyr Lake There are many lakes to visit in Russia but Labynkyr Lake can be set apart as it’s believed like Loch Ness it has a monster of it’s own. Labynkyr Lake is in the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic with the nearest town being Oymyakon at around 60 kilometers. It is a bit difficult to get … More Amazing Places from around Russia – Part I
Buryatia Buryatia History Buryatia as one of the beautiful regions of the East Siberia strikes everyone with amazing diversity of nature organically combining grandeur and might of Baikal, boundless taiga space, deep rivers and snow-covered tops of the Sayan mountain ridges. From the ancient times different ethnic groups and Peoples inhabited the territory of the … More Buryatia Republic – Land of the “Raindeer Stones”
Tuva: Russia’s Tibet Tuva, like Tibet, consists of a mountainous, underdeveloped region tucked away in the Eurasian heartland, traditionally inhabited by Buddhist herdsmen, and relatively recently added to the state’s official domain as a strategic buffer. Both Tuvans and Tibetans chafe at the cultural and demographic dilution of their homelands as Han Chinese and Russian … More Tuva Republic – The land of the Blue-eyed and Fair-haired People of Siberia
The Altai Republic, Russia’s most mountainous region borders China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan. The region is barely larger than Maine has been inbabited since the Paleolithic times. This Eurasian region has served as a vital gateway to Siberia and the cradle of widespread human lineage. “It’s a place where people have been coming and going for … More Altai Republic the home of the “Mythical world of Shambhala”
This is a incredible article from a blogger that lives in the Altai region of Russia. It is a definite must read. This is truly a sacred place with a message that will go straight to the heart. Visit: http://altaipilgrim.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/iucn-publication-sacred-natural-sites-conserving-nature-and-culture-chapter-on-uch-enmek-ethno-cultural-nature-park/
Khan’s Mosque Khan’s Mosque in Kasimov is the oldest mosque in Central Russia. It dates from the Qasim Khanate of the 15th and 16th centuries. According to Kadir Ali, the brick mosque was built by Shahghali at some point in the mid-16th century. Others believe that the mosque goes back to the reign of Qasim … More Russia’s Ten Most Beautiful Mosques
Lomonosov Bridge Named after the great Russian polymath Mikhail Lomonosov, whose advances in chemistry, mathematics, linguistics and literature made him a kind of one-man Russian Enlightenment during the reigns of Empresses Elizabeth and Catherine the Great, this beautiful stone bridge crosses the Fontanka River about 300m south of Nevsky Prospekt. Dating from the late 18th … More Ten most Beautiful Bridges of St. Petersburg
No. 10 – Lake Kucherla Lake Kucherla іs located іn the Altai Mountains аnd Katun Nature Reserve оf Siberia. Together wіth Lake Teletskoye, Belukha Mountain аnd the Ukok Plateau іt belongs tо а natural UNESCO World Heritage Site entitled “Golden Mountains оf Altai”. No. 9 – Lake Teletskoye Lake Teletskoye іs the largest lake іn … More The Most Beautiful “Lakes” of Russia
Gatchina Park Light Show During the night from August 3 to August 4 the Gatchina Park with located on its territory historical buildings and monuments will turn into an alfresco stage, which will host the Light Night – a scenic pyrotechnic and light performance for the first time. The latest light and multimedia technologies will … More Light Festival in St. Petersburg
Akhshtyrskaya cave 1. The Akhshtyrskaya cave site is one of the most famous in all of Europe. The cave was discovered at the beginning of XX century by a French scholar, E. Martel. During all the years of excavations more than 6000 bones have been accounted for, 92% of which belonged to cave bears. The … More Cave Bears, Dolmens, and Waterfalls “Oh my” Ten things to do in Sochi
Kropotkinskaya station Kropotkinskaya station was the very first station to be opened in the Moscow Metro system. Architect A.N. Duskin was the designer for this station, the marble used here came from the demolished Christ the Savior Cathedral, which now adorns the walls and floor. Looking at the interiors here gives more of a sense … More Underground Palaces of the Moscow Metro – Part One
And “Yes” it’s inside Russia. Any guesses? Let’s just say it’s a bit further south then Oymyakon, Russia (short for “OhmyGoditscoldhere”, Russia) Are you still thinking? As we can see the bananas are a bit small Bananas need a temperature of approximate 20 C and above for good growth. At temperatures below 16 C growth slows … More So where is this “Banana Plant”?
A man walks through a tunnel formed by ice crystals from surrounding permafrost, outside the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley in northeast Russia, on January 28, 2013. The coldest temperatures in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of the 20th century were recorded in the Oymyakon valley, known as the northern “Pole of … More The “Pole of Cold” update
Oymyakon, Russia (short for “OhmyGoditscoldhere”, Russia) Oymyakon, a small village of about 500 people in the Sakha region of Russia, holds the claim to fame as being the coldest continually inhabited place on Earth. Located approximately 20 miles northwest of Tomtor on the Kolyma Highway in Siberia, it is not easily accessible. Situated in an area … More So where is the coldest place in Russia?
This last weekend the wife and I were invited to the Raifa Monastery which is located 30 km outside Kazan. I must admit I was excited for several reasons first of all it would be time to spend with my wife, see a bit of Tatarstan, and to enjoy my hobby of photography. I had … More From a humble hut to a Monastery