Exploring UNESCO' World Heritage collection of Russia

Exploring UNESCO World Heritage
 collection of Russia

The best advice I ever got and now willing to share with you is to plan your trip to anywhere in the world according to World Heritage collection Of UNESCO or in accordance to the experiences you would like to receive or as per your interests and passions(animal watching, wild nature, trekking, rafting, climbing, music, history, culture etc.) in a best spots for that purpose. After several really long trips you will understand what is your real passion if you still didn't realised that.

UNESCO sites are worth seeing because they have strict rules to to be included on the Unesco' World Heritage List, sites must be of outstanding universal value and meet at least one out of ten selection criteria. Now I would like to give you some idea on Unesco' World Heritage collection of Russia. What is Worth seeing in Russia?

Unesco' World Heritage
collection in Moscow City:

Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow
Le Kremlin et la place Rouge, Moscou, 莫斯科克里姆林宫和红场, El kremlin y la Plaza Roja de Moscú, الكرملين والساحة الحمراء، موسكو
Seamless connected to all the most important historical and political milestones in Russian History since the 13th century, the Kremlin (built between the 14th and 17th centuries by outstanding Russian and foreign architects) was the residence of Tsars and also a religious, cultural, trade centre. The Moscow Kremlin (Russian: tr. Moskovskiy Kreml; IPA: [mɐˈskofskʲɪj krʲɛmlʲ]), sometimes referred to as simply the Kremlin, is a historic fortified complex at the heart of Moscow, overlooking the Moskva River (to the south), Saint Basil's Cathedral and Red Square (to the east) and the Alexander Garden (to the west). It is the best known of kremlins (Russian citadels) and includes four palaces, four cathedrals and the enclosing Kremlin Wall with Kremlin towers. The complex serves as the official residence of the President of the Russian Federation. The Red Square (Russian: tr. Krásnaja Plóščaď; IPA: [ˈkrasnəjə ˈploɕːətʲ]) is a city square in Moscow, Russia. The square separates the Kremlin, the former royal citadel and currently the official residence of the President of Russia, from a historic merchant quarter known as Kitai-gorod. As major streets of Moscow radiate from here in all directions, being promoted to major highways outside the city, Red Square is often considered the central square of Moscow and all of Russia.
Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow is included in Unesco' World Heritage collection of Russia: 1) to represent a masterpiece of human creative genius; 2) to exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design; 3) to be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates significant stage in human history; 4) to be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance. 

Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye (Moscow, Russian Federation),
The Church of the Ascension was built in 1532 on the tzar's estate of Kolomenskoye, near Moscow, to celebrate the birth of the tsarevich who was to become Tsar Ivan IV ('the Terrible'). One of the earliest examples of a traditional wooden tent-roofed church on a stone and brick substructure, it had a great influence on the development of Russian ecclesiastical architecture (the old version of it's design see in slide show below).
Handpicked pics slide show =)

 Église de l'Ascension à Kolomenskoye, 科罗缅斯克的耶稣升天教堂, Iglesia de la Ascensión de Kolomenskoye, كنيسة الصعود في كولومينسكوي

Ensemble of the Novodevichy Convent (Moscow, Russian Federation),
The Novodevichy Convent, in south-western Moscow, built in the 16th-17th centuries in the so-called Moscow Baroque style, was part of a chain of monastic ensembles that were integrated into the defence system of the city. The convent was directly associated with the political, cultural and religious history of Russia, and closely linked to the Moscow Kremlin. It was used by women of the Tsar’s family and the aristocracy. Members of the Tsar’s family and entourage were also buried in its cemetery. The convent provides an example of the highest accomplishments of Russian architecture with rich interiors and an important collection of paintings and artefacts.
Hand-picked pics slide show =)

 新圣女修道院, Le couvent Novodievitchi, Conjunto conventual de Novodevichy, تجمّع دير نوفوديفيتشي

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Transsib - brake the trip up to get new experience

Must see for foreigners travelling to Russia - is real Russia with all its climate variety, nature, rivers, architecture of soviet Russia, villages and cities with remarkable history. And they take Transsib journey. Most of them do not realise that it is quite hard to sit all day in the train without any long brake. It would be wise for you to break the trip up in tolerable increments.

I advice you to see main spots and cities: Moscow. Kazan. Elaterinburg. Novosibirsk. Irkutsk.
Baikal lake. Mongolia. Vladivostok. Depending on time you planing to spend on this trip you can plat what to see in these cities. The easiest and fastest way to see each of them is take a bus tour around each city or hire a driver with some language skills who will show you main tourists spots.

Moscow. For really short time in Moscow especially if this is your first time in Russia and you have couple of hrs in the capital - go directly to Red Square. Also you can book observing tour around Moscow. It will take 3-4 hrs and will give you good picture of the city. If you travel during summer I advice you to take river tour that starts on Kievskaya metro and goes to the south of the city. It is better to buy round trip to go back to Kievskaya and continue to explore the city. Ideally if you stay here at least for one day if you visit Moscow for the first time. Also one of the hot spots of Moscow is Old Arbat with lots of souvenir shops and restaurants.

Kazan. This beautiful city that originally was not part of Slavic culture. This area is Islamic and has Asian architecture. Must see is Kremlin and tourists city centre with the 17-19 century architecture. Kremlin is protected by UNESCO. Kazan has longer history than Moscow and it passed 1000 years mark since it was founded. It is resides on both sides of Volga river.

Ekaterinburg.  Here you are crossing border between Europe and Asia. Ekaterinburg has mixture of Asian and European architecture. It is third biggest cities of Russia and the capital of Industrial Ural. It was founded by Peter I same as Saint Petersburg. Main tourists spots are - Europe?Asia border sign, follow the route of the Bolshevik butchers to the thick forest and see monastery of Holy Majestic Martyrs at Ganya`s Pit - a place where Romanovs` bodies were supposedly burnt. Our tour will end at Romanov Memorial that commemorates a mine where remains of Romanov family have been found. Visit religion sites of Ekaterinburg - Ascension Hill with its churches, Kharitonov Park, Kharitonov Manor House, Cathedral on the Blood, Literary Quarter. largest spiritual center of the Ural, Verkhoturye, which is also called "The Gates to Siberia". It is famous for its architectural ensembles. You are lucky to visit the residence of KGB, Gorodok Chekistov (CheKa officers’ cantonment) designed in the form of the symbol of Soviet times (a sickle and a hammer). If you have even more time visit ICE Caves. Kungur Ice Cave is a unique, truly world-class natural phenomenon. Kungur Ice Mountain and Ice Cave are situated in the south-east of Perm Krai, 90 km. from the city of Perm.

Novosibirsk. To see all the main attractions of the city take a car or bus tour: Novosibirsk Railway Station, Ascension Cathedral, Krasny Prospect street, Lenin Square - city center with Opera House, old wooden houses on Gorky street, St.Nicolas Chapel, Ob’s river embankment and colourful Siberian farm-market. Visit of the Local History Museum, featuring the fascinating and mystical history of Siberia. If you have time take a boat-trip on Ob' river. Also you can visit Akademgorodok. It is a home to the Novosibirsk University as well as 35 Research Institutes. It is Russian main Innovation and Research centers. You will be able to take excursion to the Museum of Geology. You will love to see the Open-Air train museum - a collection of the old Trans-Siberian trains.

Irkutsk.  Irkutsk is a treasure house of the spiritual culture of Siberia. You will see here historical individuality of the Siberian city with long history starts from 11 century: old wooden constructions, built without a single nail and decorated with skilful carving. There are about 700 monuments here.

Baikal lake. Form Irkuts you can visit Baikal an main interesting tourists spots: Taltsy Museum, Baikal Museum, Chersky Peak, Shaman Stone, St Nicholas Church. Other cultural experience is ethnographic excursion to Ust’-Orda Village - a chance to learn Buryat folklore, see national games, shaman rites, try dishes of national Buryat cuisine. Baikal also famous with active tours - ski, boat tours, horse tours, hiking, dog sledding and many others.  Form here you can also visit Ulan-Ude that is a favourite city along the Trans-Siberian for many travellers. It is one of the best point to explore the eastern shore of Baikal lake with authentic and very friendly city itself. Verkhneudinskiy ostrog, Odigitriev church, Revolution Square, Lenin Street are among the Ulan-Ude sights. Visit also Tibetan Buddhist monastery, located 30 miles from Ulan Ude that serves now as the center of Buddhism in Russia. You will have an opportunity to take part in religious services of the Temple. In old-belivers village you will meet original culture, songs, religion of 18 century people who escaped far from tsar and Soviet government.

Mongolia. Here you can visit Ulaanbaatar, including the Bogd Khaan Palace -a series of traditional buildings in which the last religious King of Mongolia resided, Coijin Lama Museum monument to Genghis Khan. Karakorum is the ancient capital of the Mongol Empire. It was destroyed by clan infighting and not much remains from the ancient city. Karakorum is located on one of the major trading routes of the ancient Silk Road. Visit nearby places that will give you further insight into the natural and human history of Mongolia.

Vladivostok. City was first-founded more 150 years ago. The city is located on the hills and it is quite difficult take long walk and we advice to prefer car/bus tour. Main attractions of the city: Vladivostok Railway Station, S-56 submarine on the harbor embankment, Arseniev Museum to view exhibits of the region’s rich treasure of flora and fauna as well as the culture and history of the Vladivostok area. In a bus or cur tour you will see historic, cultural and architectural landmarks that make up the flavour of Vladivostok. Longer stop in Vladivostok will give you opportunity for a close-up view of the operations of the Russia’s largest Pacific Coast seaport.Take pictures of the Amursky Bay and panoramic views of hilly Vladivostok.

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VIP Transsiberian Journey

Hello, dear reader!

Here I will share some info regarding best train to take for transiberian journey. The best one created specially for travellers is Golden eagle (Zolotoy Orel). It is train started by our main railway company RZHD specially to serve tourists. It was officially opened for tourists on April 26th 2007. First journey started on 5th may 2007. Preparation of this project took 7 years.


Zolotoy Orel consists only with train car compartments. Total qty of train cars is 12 with Golden and Silver class suits. there are 6 compartment train cars of Golden class. Each compartment equipped with air-conditioner and heating, floor heating, shower and toilet, wardrobe, refrigerator, 1 chair and 1 table. Also each Golden suit has TV-panel, DVD, audio system, Internet access and conductor service. Silver class compartment have all the same but differ with smaller suits. In this train also included bar-car for 35 seats, 2 restaurant cars for 54 seats each, kitchen car, laundry car, storage car and also service car that allows to get barber and medical services.


Moscow private excursion - learn more about must see Moscow spots

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Here I would like to share of must see tourists spots of  Moscow if you have really short time of staying in Moscow - this is a good guide what to wee with your own ayes. Please come to visit Russia and enjoy video =)

If you want explore Moscow's sights closer and deeper you better learn through private VIP tour with personal guide and 1-st class car that will help you see main most interesting places of Moscow depending on your taste and interests. Send request via Contact form or drop me a line to mail: katrina.karitskaya@gmail.com

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Private visa to Russia and private invitation To Russia

If you are a passionate traveller and in particular the one with deep interest in Russia and Russian culture, if you'd like to meet new Russian friends, go deep and explore real Russian hospitality - you will be definitely willing to share apartments with your friends.

You would need a visa though, but it is not a problem -- the Best visa for this purpose is PRIVATE VISA TO RUSSIA. In this post I will lay it down and describe this type of visa and requirements for both parties - the guest and the host.

Private invitation (guest invitation) for foreign citizens is the UFMS form invitation. Both companies AND private parties (friend, partner etc) are eligible to issue such an invite through any local office of UFMS. The duration of stay on such a visa cannot be longer than 90 calendar days. There are 2 types of such visa: single entry and double entry -- choose one! Hotel booking is not required. Beware -- in the Russian consulate you will be asked to provide the original invitation document, so do not forget to ask your host for the original invitation sent by express mail. After you arrive in Russia you must go through registration procedures -- either by a hotel/hostel or by private person (including those of your hosts who are renting apartments). Do not worry, all these steps are legal and authorized by Russian migration law for such matters.

If you need assistance in getting private invitation and you don't want to stay in a hotel - we will assist you, both with an invite and with the registration process, here in Moscow.

Contact me (see "Contact me!" Section) or send an email to katrina.karitskaya@gmail.com, feel free to do that anytime!

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Maslenitsa tradition and celebration

Maslenitsa Tradition

Maslenitsa, also known as Butter Week, Pancake week or Cheesefare Week is a Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian religious and folk holiday. It is celebrated during the seventh week before Pascha (Easter).  In 2012 it is celebrated from February 20 to February 26.

In Slavic mythology, Maslenitsa is a sun festival, celebrating the imminent end of the winter. It is the last week during which milk, cheese and other dairy products are permitted, leading to its other name of "Cheese-fare week" or 'Pancake week. During Lent, meat, fish, dairy products and eggs are forbidden. Maslenitsa represents the last chance to partake of dairy products and those social activities that are not appropriate during the more prayerful, sober and introspective Lenten season. (Info from wikipedia.org)

You can try most of traditional food in Moscow's cafe and restaurants which add to the menu special recipe dishes to please their customers. Most famous dish is Russian traditional pancakes - this dish has hundreds of recipes and can be filled with different tastes - sweet and salt.


Russian craft and souvenirs - individual VIP TOURS

Are you looking for shopping for a Real Russian Craft?  You are in the right place right now.

Main souvenir cities are Semyonov, Nozhniy Novgorod, Gorodets, Veliki Ustug (Great Ustug). 

In Velikiy Ustyg they have rememberable celebration of new year eve with russian Santa - DED MOROZ and his residence. For kids it can be very interesting.

See below video of examples of Russian hand made crafts:

Had-made dolls and clothes:

Musical Instruments:


Toys and dolls:

HOHLOMA - painting tradition which was born from religious craft. Main colours-golden, black and red.

Hand -made musical dolls:

Russian style boxes:

When you going visit Russia for souvenir shopping, best places to visit is Russian Craft Yarmarka - it is open market with tradition of holiday and celebration. It is always been place for fun and making shopping, selling your traditional products from the farm etc.