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. Isaac's Cathedral
Located in St. Petersburg and built by French-born architect Auguste Montferrand, St. Isaac’s Cathedral is the city’s largest Russian Orthodox cathedral. The Cathedral’s interior cupola is adorned with Biblical scenes and was built with over 200 pounds of real gold.
Peter & Paul Fortress
This landmark was the first building erected in St. Petersburg in the early 1700s after the reclamation of land by Peter the Great. In the center of the fortress sits the Peter and Paul Cathedral, where Peter the Great and other historical leaders are buried.
Vladimir Ilych Lenin was a Russian revolutionary leader. Following his death, Lenin’s body was embalmed and placed in a mausoleum in Moscow’s Red Square.
The Kremlin, located in Moscow, is a complex of buildings enclosed within a wall. The word "Kremlin", meaning "fortress," is a symbol of the Russian state and is included in UNESCO's list of World Cultural Heritage sites. The complex, which features palaces, cathedrals, armories, and gardens, is also home to museums and the official residence of the Russian president.
Great Kremlin Palace
The Great Kremlin Palace, also sometimes referred to as the Grand Kremlin Palace, is a massive and opulent structure that serves a number of purposes, one of the most common being the assumption of the President. State visits, ceremonies, awards and receptions are also held at the Palace. The building, located in Moscow and originally intended as an imperial residence, was built in the early 1800s by architect Konstantin Ton. It is home to approximately 700 rooms and a number of ceremonial halls.