After a vibrant Opening Ceremony in Sochi that illustrated the many facets of Russian culture and history, we take a look at some of the iconic landmarks found in the country.
St. Basil's Cathedral
Officially known as “The Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin by the Moat,” St. Basil’s Cathedral is located at the end of the Red Square in Moscow. The Cathedral was erected in the mid-1500s by Barma and Postnik Yakovlev.
The Red Square, a city square in Moscow, is located near many important Russian landmarks. Today, visitors may find large-scale entertainment events, from fashion shows to rock concerts, taking place.
Opening in 1856, the Bolshoi Theater houses world-class ballet and opera performances, which we got a glimpse of in Friday's Opening Ceremony in Sochi.
Located in St. Petersburg, the Hermitage complex is made up of six main buildings, including the Winter Palace. The Hermitage also houses the State Hermitage Museum, home to more than three million works of art and artifacts from around the world.
The Winter Palace
The Winter Palace, located in St. Petersburg's Hermitage, is a green-and-white Baroque-style building built in the mid-1700s for the daughter of Peter the Great, Empress Elizabeth. The Palace, which took over eight years to build, was designed by architect Bartolommeo Francesco Rastrelli.