Russia is undoubtedly a popular tourist hot spot amongst those who are keen to explore the best that Europe has to offer. It is home to a variety of unique experiences and landmarks, as well as a number of mesmerising historical sites certain to pique many a history buff’s interest. Here is a list of the most important of these sites to add to your holiday itinerary ahead of your flight.
The Moscow Kremlin
This sought-after site in Russia — known as the ‘fortress inside a city’ — is essentially a fortified complex located in the heart of Moscow. It can be found close to the southern banks of the Moskva River and is where you will be able to closely observe a handful of stunning palaces, several religious cathedrals, and countless other wondrous buildings. The complex has served a few different functions across the years, but is now the official residence of the President of the Russian Federation.
St. Basil’s Cathedral
You will find a vast number of cathedrals scattered all around Russia. However, none is more famous than St. Basil’s Cathedral. It is located in Moscow’s bustling Red Square and is said to represent the country of Russia as a whole. It is renowned for its eccentric appearance, which is unrivaled by any other building in Russia — or in Europe, for that matter. At first glance, it closely resembles a bonfire flame that extends fearlessly into the sky.
You will have likely already added the State Hermitage Museum to your list of must-sees when booking Russia vacation packages. The green and white Winter Palace and its precincts come together to form this mesmeric museum in St Petersburg. The main purpose of the Palace was to act as a secure residence for important Russian Emperors back in the day.
The Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood
Don’t be fooled by its ominous name — the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is just as gorgeous as the many other historical sites on this list. The intricate place of worship was originally built in the 1800s in remembrance and celebration of tsar Alexander II of Russia. It is so named because it was built in the exact spot where he was assassinated in 1881.
St. Isaac’s Cathedral
This is another must-see and place of worship that is just as beautiful as it is relevant to Russia’s rich history. It was built many years ago, and took an estimated 40 years to construct, in honour of Saint Isaac of Dalmatia, who was one of the patron saints of Peter the Great. What makes it stand out from other cathedrals of its kind is its neoclassical exterior and detailed interior, which features patterned bronze doors and a dome that extends 101.5 meters into the sky. Since the 1930s, it has been operating as a museum which welcomes thousands of tourists each and every year. You can find it in St Petersburg.
There are so many reasons why Russia should be your holiday destination of choice. Go ahead and book that holiday package now!