Russia has a rich culture, which is reflected in architecture, art, customs, traditions and religion of the people. Russian is religious people that explain the enormous quantity of the churches. Majestic churches began to be built in the 10th century. Monasteries began to develop in the 11th century. Monasteries played an important role in Russia. Apart from their purely spiritual work, they were major centers of education. The monks recorded in their chronicles all the major historical events in the life of the Russian people. Although here flourished icon-painting and literary art, translation into Russian various theological, historical and literary works. Visiting historically important places during our cruise, you will get to know more about religion, believes and traditions of Russian people.
Welcome to St. Petersburg, one of the most beautiful cities. Visiting St. Petersburg, you will receive unforgettable travel experience. You will be impressed by its high art, diverse architecture, an extraordinary history and rich cultural traditions. During our city tour we will visit Peter and Paul Cathedral - the first church in the city to be built of stone and its design is unusual for a Russian Orthodox Church. Also you will see Square of Decembrists – a home to the Bronze Horseman and dedicated to the Decembrist revolutions which had taken place there. St. Petersburg is a home to the Winter palace known as the Hermitage. The collection of the State Hermitage includes more than three million works of art and artifacts of the world culture. Among them are paintings, graphic works, sculptures and works of applied art, archaeological finds and numismatic material.
The village of Verhniye Mandrogui is unique for its geographical position, history and nature. It was inhabited by Vepsians. They were hardworking, proud, talented and hospitable people involved in fishing, hunting and shipbuilding. The name of the village Verhniye Mandrogui means from Vepsian “upper rapids”. The village of Verhniye Mandrogui is amazing, but it main feature is unique architecture – it is a real museum of modern wooden architecture in the open air. During the war of 1941-1945 the village of Verhniye Mandrogui consisted of 29 houses was burnt. The people settled in other villages. In the 50-ies worker’s settlement appeared in the place of the former village where builders of Podporozhye hydro-electric Power Station lived. The old basements of former constructions were used to build dwelling houses, a post office and the museum of Vodka. The village of Verhniye Mandrogui saw its revival in 1997. This revival was aimed at bringing back Russian national traditions and organizing tourist business.
Today our ship arrives to Kizhi situated in the Republic of Karelia. The nature of Karelia is severe, but magnificent. This is a land of woods, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, granite cliffs. There are over 60 thousand lakes. Among them two – Lake Ladoga and Lake Onega – are the largest in Europe. No wonder for centuries people have been referring to both as seas. The island Kizhi first gained significance in the 14th century as a trade spot on the route between the White Sea and the merchant-dominated city of Novgorod. Some of the typical and most impressive examples of 19th-century peasant architecture were collected all over the Karelian region and installed in Kizhy. The major structure is the magnificent Church of the Transfiguration built in 1714, with its 22 onion-domed cupolas.
Today we arrive to the Goritsy, the tiny settlement in Vologda Oblast, in 7 kilometres from the famous Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery. From the board you can admire the Goritsy monastery, situated in a picturesque place among forests and fields, which impresses with its beauty and organic relevance within the landscapes. The Kirillo-Belosersky monastery, considered to be one of the greatest centers of Russia's religious life, was founded at the end of the 14th century by the member of the Russian Orthodox Church Kirill Belozersky. People believed that the monastery was blessed to work wonders.
Yaroslavl, one of the seven cities of Russia's Golden Ring, dates back to the 11th century when it was founded by the prince Yaroslavl the Wise on the confluence of the Volga and the Kotorosl rivers. It was destroyed by the Tatars in the 13th and 14th centuries but then restored and rebuilt and by the 17th century it had become Russia’s second largest city after Moscow and an important cultural and political center. Passing by the moorage, enjoy the majestic Volga River, rich in history, beauty and national character. The old city give the place great charm.
One of the oldest towns of the Volga was founded in 937, but it gained historical notoriety only during the 16th century when the prince Dmitriy was murdered here under mysterious circumstances. Today Uglich is a pearl of the Golden Ring as it has numerous buildings of ancient architecture. The architecture of the town reflects different historical periods occurred here. You will see historically important the Church of Prince Dmitriy on Blood. It was constructed by a special order of Peter the Great on the place where Tsarevich Dmitry died. Nowadays, the church turned into a museum.
Moscow is an impressive city in many ways. The capital of the Russian Federation is the largest city in Europe, and one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world. If St. Petersburg is Russia's imperial crown, Moscow is its familial heart. It is a city in which one comes face to face with all that is finest and all that is most frustrating in Russia. Ancient cathedrals are being restored and opened for religious services, innovative theaters are reclaiming leadership in the arts, and traditional markets are coming back to life. Moscow is once more assuming its position as the capital and mother city of the ancient state of Russia. Moscow lays on seven hills and during Stalin's period were build seven high-rise, or "sisters" how Muscovites they called.
Type – 302 (four deck vessel). Length – 129 m. Width – 16,7 m. Immersion – 2,9 m. Speed – 25,5 km per hour (around 17MpH). Passenger capacity – 296. Built in Germany in 1985. Refurbished in 2002.
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