One of the things to love about modern Russia is that by simply walking 60 to 100 yards to the left or right one can step back into time by a few hundred or even a thousand plus years, and then continue back into the 21st century in plenty of time for dinner.
Russia is home to some of the most important rivers in Europe. The Volga is the largest and longest of all European Rivers, traveling thousands of miles to the Caspian Sea. On the Asian side the shores of Lake Baikal mark the largest freshwater lake in the world while deep in Siberia are enormous taiga pine forests.
The country is blessed with beautiful and ancient churches of which many are being returned by the government to their communities to again be used for local worship.
Russia embodies some of the most beautiful pieces of European and Asian history with many UNESCO World Heritage sites across this great land. Moscow is the historical and business capital while St. Petersburg is considered as the cultural capital of Russia.
Christianity came to Russia from Byzantium in 988, and over the centuries has remained a fixture of the Russian culture and life. The Russian Orthodox church is largest autocephalous, or ecclesiastically independent, Eastern Orthodox church in the world. Over 70 years of Communism did not snuff out the Christian faith, although it tried.
Some readers are surprised to learn that Peter the Great wasn’t of the House of Romanov. He was the Tsar who expanded Russia’s territory and opened the country to European politics, art and culture.
World-class art is on display in Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery and St. Petersburg’s Hermitage. Russia’s Trans-Siberian Railway connects east and west from Moscow over the Urals, thru Siberia and on to the Far East. By the time your journey ends at Vladivostok you’ll have traveled one third of the way around the world.