Inside The Kremlin
Moscow, Russia

The Moscow Kremlin is a historic fortified complex at the very heart of Moscow. It is located on the banks of the Moskva River. The Kremlin is rimmed by Saint Basil's Cathedral, Red Square and GUM Department store, and by the Alexander Garden containing the Russian Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

It is a large complex fortress encircled by the Kremlin Wall. The Wall is red brick with Kremlin Towers spaced around the perimeter. The towers are lit at night and each is topped with a shining red star of Russia.

Included within its walls are four palaces, four cathedrals, the Great Bell of Russia, Government offices, the National Treasury Museum, and the official residence of the President of Russia.

Mandrogui, Russia

Mandrogui is a recreated Russian Village, built to highlight the traditions and crafts of Russia's bygone age.

Here you will find in one place all those tourist items you have been looking for. Matruska dolls, fur Russian hats, wood scultures, and books and postcards are among the many items stocked.

The village is authentically reconstructed to appeal to the tourist market. A bakery specializing in Russian pastries including blini will tempt you. There are horse-drawn carriages, and even a children's path lined with cartoon characters that leads through the woods and over a stream. Also there is a museum of locally produced Vodkas that offers samples.



Church of Transfiguration
Kizhi Island, Russia

On the small island of Kizhi you will find a group of timber churches crowned with an array of onion-dome cupolas created from aspen shingles.

Kizhi Island is located in Lake Onega in the northern Russian Republic of Karelia. Once a place of pagan rituals, today the island houses a state-run museum of the region's wooden churches and authentically restored homes. Included are a group of wooden churches built in the eighteenth century, as well as Orthodox-sanctified structures and chapels that were relocated here.