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Russia is the world’s largest nation, borders European and Asian countries as well as the Pacific and Arctic oceans. The two Most Popular Cities of the country are Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Moscow is Situated on the Moskva River in western Russia and is the nation’s cosmopolitan capital. In its historic core is the Kremlin, home to Russian President. Outside its walls is Red Square, Russia’s symbolic center.
St. Petersburg is a Russian port city on the Baltic Sea. It is known to be Russia’s cultural center, with venues such as the Mariinsky Theatre hosting opera and ballet, and the State Russian Museum showcasing Russian art, from Orthodox icon paintings to Kandinsky works.
Kazan is a city in southwest Russia, on the banks of the Volga and Kazanka rivers. The capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, it’s known for the centuries-old Kazan Kremlin, a fortified citadel containing museums and sacred sites. It’s landmarks include the tiered Tower of Soyembika, the blue & gold domed Cathedral and the, colorful Kul Sharif Mosque.
Volgograd, formerly Stalingrad, is a city in southwest Russia, on the western bank of the Volga River. It was the site of WWII’s Battle of Stalingrad, commemorated by a huge statue, The Motherland Calls, part of the hilltop Mamayev Kurgan memorial complex. The Panorama Museum has a 360-degree painting of the battle, as well as weapons and artifacts.
Murmansk is a city in northwestern Russia, at the end of a deep bay off the Barents Sea. It is famous for Aurora borealis sightings. The Regional Museum of Local History has cultural and archaeological artifacts. The Murmansk Regional Museum of Art features 18th- to 20th-century Russian works.
Sochi, a Russian city on the Black Sea, is known as a summer beach resort, and was host of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Its parks include the palm-filled Arboretum. It’s also notable for 20th-century neoclassical buildings such as the columned Winter Theatre. Forested Sochi National Park is a 1,937-sq.-km protected area in the nearby Caucasus Mountains. Some 70 km inland, Krasnaya Polyana is a prominent ski resort.