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Monday, 3 August 2015

3 August 2015. Our Great Russian Motherland: Vyritsa in Leningrad Oblast

00 Vyritsa. RUSSIA. 190715

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All conscious Russian Orthodox people know of St Serafim Vyritsky… this was his home. His grave is here and is a special attraction for Orthodox pilgrims. St Serafim prayed for the victory of the Red Army and for the deliverance of his town from Fascist occupation. This town is near to St Petersburg, but it has a deep rural feel to it.

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Friday, 17 July 2015

17 July 2015. Our Great Russian Motherland. The Yenisei River in the Sayano-Shushenskaya State Nature Biosphere Reserve

00 Sayano–Shushenskaya Nature Reserve. Yenisei River. 090715

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The Sayano-Shushenskaya State Nature Biosphere Reserve is in a remote area of the West Sayan in the southern Krasnoyarsk Krai on the left bank of the Yenisei River in the area of influence of the Sayano-Shushenskoye Hydroelectric Dam Reservoir. At present, the Reserve is 3,904 square kilometres (1,507 square miles) in area, about 25 percent is Siberian Cedar forest. The Russian state has set aside another 6,904 square kilometres (2,666 square miles) as an addition to the Reserve in future; it’s banned all development in this region. That’d give it 10,808 square kilometres (4,173 square miles)… Yellowstone National Park is 8,983 square kilometres (3,463 square miles), thus, you could throw Yellowstone into this Reserve, with room to spare. In comparison, Long Island (including Brooklyn and Queens) is 3,629 square kilometres (1,401 square miles), roughly the size of the present preserve… the planned preserve area is a little under three times the size of Long Island. No small park by any measure, is it?

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Friday, 19 June 2015

19 June 2015. Our Great Russian Motherland… Lake Teletskoe in the High Altai

00 Altai. Lake Teletskoe. Russia. 28.05.15

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Lake Teletskoe in the Altai Mountains is in Siberia near to China. It’s the largest lake in the mountains and in the Altai Republic. It’s a centrepiece of the Altaisky Nature Reserve, which is part of the Golden Mountains of Altai UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. It’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic. There are hotels, hostels, and campgrounds, with facilities for hiking, water sports, biking, helicopter tours, and fishing. In Soviet times, it was very popular. there are waterfalls and caves accessible to the public. In short, its one of the most visitor-friendly natural sites in Siberia.

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19 June 2015. Our Great Russian Motherland… The Fairytale Island of Kizhi

00 kizhi. russia. orthodox 02. 13.06.15

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Kizhi is an island in Lake Onega in the northern lands near St Petersburg, in the Republic of Karelia. It’s become an open-air museum of about eighty buildings moved to the island from all over Karelia. The most famous is the Kizhi Pogost, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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