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This Russian proverb accurately describes what the Kremlin means for the Russians. Perhaps no other building in Moscow has such historical significance as the Kremlin has. Now the seat of the Russian President has been the site of the Grand Duchy since the 12th century, followed by the Russian Tsars.
Moscoq, the capital city of Russia, Moscow, lies in the European part of the country. People from the easternmost part of the country have to fly eight hours to see their capital. It takes two hours from Prague to get there. And what can you actually see in the heart of this huge, crowded and vibrant place?
Visiting theLenin mausoleum in Moscow is a special experience. What is it like, seeing a person who has so significantly entered the world history? What is it like to see a person who is embalmed? And is Lenin's body in the mausoleum real?
If the French kings have Versailles, we, the Russians, we will have our Versailles. Perhaps this thought passed through the head of the Russian Tsar Peter I the Great. In 1715 he started building a gorgeous complex of palaces and gardens with fountains, which today come to admire tens of thousands of visitors from around the world. Where should you go to get to the Russian Versailles? The town of Petergof is just a few dozen kilometers from St. Petersburg.
One of the most famous museums in the world - the Hermitage - lies on the banks of the Neva River in St. Petersburg. It is a complex of six building. Just after the Louvre in Paris this is the second largest museum in the world. The most famous museum building is the Winter Palace, the place where the Tsar's family lived. The museum was founded in 1764 by the Empress Catherine II the Great (the wife of Peter III), but the public could access them only from 1922 (in 1852 a small part was made available in the so-called New Hermitage).
Our stroll in St Petersburg will focus on the important church of St. Isaac and Christ's Resurrection (Savior on the Blood) and we will also stop at the symbol of the October Revolution - the cruiser Aurora.
A city of history, magnificent buildings and imposing churches, theaters, lifting bridges, beautiful women, and white nights, where you still breathe the history of tzars, even though the city is covered in high rise Soviet-era apartment buildings. That's St. Petersburg. Today, a cosmopolitan city full of colors, tourists and cheerful people. Even though you can inhale the St. Petersburg air after two hours of flight, probably because of the visa restriction and the lengthy bureaucratic procedures, tourists from Bohemia do not go there.
If you visit Rovaniemi in Lapland (a town known for the Santa village) and try a ride on dog or moose pulled carriage among other snow-related activities, there are many other things to see and do.
Today we move northwards, to the Yaroslavl Oblast in the Russian Federation. We visit an ancient town that today is one of the most important tourist centers in Russia and also is part of the so called Russian Golden Circle.
Birth, golden age and fall of the boyar republic.
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