Russia is a transcontinental country that shares its borders with fourteen countries and two oceans and three seas. Russia covers more than an eighth of the earths landmass, which makes it the largest country in the world. The country has the most forest land in the world and is referred to as the “lungs of Europe”, because of the massive amounts of carbon dioxide it absorbs. Russia has over 160 different ethnic groups and 100 different languages, with the prevalent languages; Russian, German and Tatar.
On the banks of the Moska River, in Moscow stands the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The structure is noted for being the tallest Eastern Orthodox Church in the world and is located within close proximity of the Kremlin. The cathedral was the inspiration of Tsar Alexander I, in honor of the sacrifices made by the Russian people during the Napoleonic occupation. Construction was delayed for quite some time, firstly because the site chosen for the original cathedral was deemed unsuitable and secondly, when the Tsar was succeed his brother assumed control and disliked the flamboyant-style his brother had chosen. The new design and site were submitted in 1832 and the first cornerstone was laid in 1839. The cathedral was embellished by famous Russian painters Ivan Kramskoi, Vasily Surikov and Vasily Vereshchagin. On May 26th, 1833 the cathedral was consecrated and Tsar Alexander was crowned. The cathedral was rebuilt in 1990 and now features monuments of Tsar Nicholas and Tsar Alexander and several smaller chapels on the property.
The Bolshoi Theater is located in Moscow and was designed by Joseph Bove. The company is famous for having the oldest ballet and opera performances in the world. Founded in 1776, by Prince Peter Urusov and Michael Maddox and only performed in private homes, until the Petrovka Theater was acquired and began producing operas and theatrical venues. The theater is currently undergoing a $732 million restoration which will restore the original acoustics and reface the fazade and other ornate fixtures, back to their former splendor.
No visit to Russia would be complete without trip to Red Square, in Moscow. The name was not earned because of the red walls of the Kremlin or the for a term used in Communism, but from the Russian word “red” which means beautiful. The squares history dates back to the 15th century, during the reign of Ivan III. The original name was Trinity Square, and sometime during the 17th century it was renamed “Red Square”, by which is known today. Located around the square are many popular tourist attractions such as the St Basils Cathedral, Gum department store and mall, the Kazan Cathedral and the National Historical Museum.
The Irbis Hotel is located in Moscow and is well-known for being a four-star luxury hotel. The hotel combines European quality service combined with a warm, inviting environment. Amenities offered at the hotel are a coffee bar, beauty salon, billiards room and a sauna. For lodgings close to the heart of goings-on, the Cosmos in Moscow is more than suitable. The hotel has been consistently named one of the top ten best list for over ten years running and prides itself on stellar service and top-of-the-line amenities.
The country of Russia is rich in cultural and historical venues, a tourist can become totally engrossed in everything there is to learn and do. Russia is now becoming appreciated for its uniqueness and beauty, it is a country that provides people with the opportunity to do everything from dancing with bears, climbing Siberian mountains to flying in space. Russia is unlike any other country on earth, the best time to visit is during the months of April through October to take advantage of the milder climate and warmer weather.