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22nd November, 2020

Once in your lifetime…

In this instalment, we discover the impressive architecture of Russia in Moscow.

Witness the splendour of Russia

Russia is the biggest country in the world, where everything exists on a truly epic scale.

Nowhere is this better demonstrated than in Moscow, the capital. Walking through Red Square, the huge cobblestoned open square at the heart of the city, you can see two buildings that symbolise Russia’s might and power in very different ways.

St Basil’s Cathedral, whose candy coloured onion domes are decorated with psychedelic patterns and shapes, is Russia’s most loved and recognisable building. It’s a perfect example of Russia’s iconic architectural style.

The Kremlin is located almost next door to St Basil’s Cathedral. This massive fortress, with its high walls and crenelated towers, has been home to Russia’s most feared and powerful rulers for hundreds of years. Dark and imposing, it’s a place of secrecy and power.

Jump on the bullet train from Moscow to St Petersburg and you’ll experience a very different but equally impressive Russian city. Founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703, it’s a showcase of palaces, cathedrals, parks and plazas. A treasure trove of priceless art and world-class culture where ballet, opera and concerts are performed in illustrious theatres and halls, its centrepiece is the Hermitage, one of the largest and most prestigious museums in the world.

What started with 200 paintings in a private collection owned by Catherine the Great, is now a vast complex of five interconnected buildings including the Imperial Palace. Today the Hermitage houses over 3 million pieces - if you spent one minute at each, it would take six years to see them all!

Experience Russia by train on our Moscow to St Petersburg by Rail tour.

The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated.

The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.

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