By: Jomana Aly

Egypt finally made it to the FIFA World Cup 2018 and we can’t wait to see our pharaohs make us proud! If you’re going to see the Egyptian national team play in Russia or you’re just curious what the country looks like, here’s a full guide to Russia’s landmarks and top tourism destinations:

 

Saint Petersburg: St. Petersburg is a Russian port city on the Baltic Sea. It was the imperial capital for 2 centuries, having been founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, subject of the city’s iconic “Bronze Horseman” statue. It remains Russia’s cultural center, with venues such as the Mariinsky Theatre hosting opera and ballet, and the State Russian Museum showcasing Russian art, from Orthodox icon paintings to Kandinsky works.

Winter PalaceColonnaded, waterfront, former residence of Russian emperors, with extravagant state rooms.

Winter-palace-st-petersburg

Church of the Savior on BloodGleaming mosaics & marble line this richly decorated 1880s church topped with colorful onion domes.Church_of_the_Saviour_on_the_Blood_04

Saint Isaac’s Cathedral1818 Russian Orthodox cathedral & museum with gold-plated dome & an opulent, multicolored interior.

Saint_Isaac's_Cathedral_in_SPB

Palace Square: St. Petersburg’s central square contains Alexander Column marking victory over Napoleon’s armies.

Palace-square-saint-petersburg-june-2016-0111

Mariinsky TheatreA monumental neoclassical building most impressive for its sheer bulk and the beautiful decoration of its auditorium.

Jack-Devant-Mariinsky-Theatre-102

Moscow: Moscow, on the Moskva River in western Russia, is the nation’s cosmopolitan capital. In its historic core is the Kremlin, a complex that’s home to the president and tsarist treasures in the Armoury. Outside its walls is Red Square, Russia’s symbolic center. It’s home to Lenin’s Mausoleum, the State Historical Museum’s comprehensive collection and St. Basil’s Cathedral, known for its colorful, onion-shaped domes.

Moscow KremlinImmense, fortified compound of churches & palaces, with museums of Russian state regalia & art.

Moscow_05-2012_Kremlin_23

Red SquareLandmark square, site of the Kremlin, the 16th-century St. Basil’s Cathedral & Lenin’s mausoleum.

Moscow_-_Entrance_of_Red_Square

Saint Basil’s CathedralMulticolored domes top this 16th-century former cathedral that now contains a museum of the church.

Saint_Basil_Moscow_crop

Tsar BellThe Tsar Bell, also known as the Tsarsky Kolokol, Tsar Kolokol III, or Royal Bell, is a 6.14-metre tall, 6.6-metre diameter bell on display on the grounds of the Moscow Kremlin

The_Tsar_Bell_Moscow

Lake Baikal:

Lake Baikal is an ancient, massive lake in the mountainous Russian region of Siberia, north of the Mongolian border. Considered the deepest lake in the world, it’s circled by a network of hiking paths called the Great Baikal Trail. The village of Listvyanka, on its western shoreline, is a popular starting point for summertime wildlife-spotting tours, plus wintertime ice-skating and dog sledding.

Zabaikalski  National Park, Lake Baikal. Lake Baikal is the oldest (25 million years), deepest (5700 feet) and largest lake in the world by volume(it holds 20% of the earth's liquid fresh water). Threatened by pollution and most recently by an oil pipeline, Baikal has become a rallying point for Russian and international conservationists. Baikal was declared a World Heritage Site in 1996. Boyd Norton, the photographer here, worked with Russian and U.S. environmentalists to get Baikal designated a World Heritage Site.

Irkutsk:

Irkutsk is a city on the Angara River in eastern Siberia, Russia. The river embankment is lined with hurches, including the Epiphany Cathedral (Sobor Bogoyavleniya), with gilded onion domes, and the Spasskaya Church, with its soaring bell tower. The restored neoclassical Moskovskie Vorota arch is also by the water. Near Kirov Square, the Irkutsk Regional Art Museum has ancient icons and more recent Russian artworks.