Unfortunately, traveling to Russia is not an easy thing. The visa process is notorious for being costly and time-consuming. But Russia has much to offer visitors who are patient enough to endure the oft-frustrating entry process. Few countries, after all, can rival the natural beauty of Russia. Its terrains range from the soft beaches and resorts along the Black Sea, to the broad plains and low hills in the West, to the high mountain ranges like the Caucasus and Altai in the south, to the volcanoes on the Kamchatka in the east, to the ancient coniferous forests in the north, to the frozen tundra in Siberia, where incidentally you’ll also find some of the world’s largest, deepest, and most ancient lakes like the Baikal. Indeed, much of Russia is unspoiled, undisturbed, and ready to be enjoyed by adventurous nature enthusiasts.
Russia is also filled with unique architecture to marvel at with such famous examples like the Transfiguration church at Kizhi, a wooden church of the baroque era with a bizarre set of onion domes (22 of them). Kizhi also happens to be a popular destination, where you’ll find a beautiful ensemble of wooden houses, churches, chapels, and monasteries. Many of the cathedrals in Russia are famed for their onion-like cupolas, which are typically surrounded by bell towers and aisles – the New Jerusalem Monastery in the town of Istra is a famous example.
The art in Russian galleries are interesting to visit as well and feature exhibits of Russian icon painting. These paints were used to help people with their prayers. One famous Russian master of icon painting is Andrei Rublev and a great collection of his works can be found at the Tretyakov Gallery.
There are many great destinations to check out in Russia, but Moscow and St. Petersburg are the two most visited. Most of Russia’s highlights are found in these two cities, but there are also other destinations worth checking out. They include Irkutsk, Novgorod, Vladamir, Kazan, Validivostok, Yakutsk, Murmansk, Novosibirsk, Ekaterinburg, and the Krasnoyarsk region.