Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Seven Wonders of Russia

In an apparent response to the recent "7 Wonders of the World" voting, which left Russia without any of the world's wonders, всемирный следопыт (World Voyager) magazine is taking votes for the 7 Wonders of Russia.

No, not wonders as in "I wonder when this joint is going to have decent public toilets" - wonders as in amazing cultural, historical, or architectural achievement.

The list is as follows:

1) Ансамбль Дворцовой площади и Зимний дворец, Санкт-Петербург

(The ensemble of Palace Square and the Winter Palace, St. Petersburg)

2) Ансамбль Красной площади с храмом Василия Блаженного (Покровский собор) и Московский Кремль, Москва

(Red Square with the Church of St. Basil's Cathedral (Pokrovsky Cathedral) and the Moscow Kremlin, Moscow)

3) Астраханский кремль, Астрахань

(Astrakhan Kremlin, Astrakhan)

4) Башня на горе Ахун, Сочи

(Mount Akhun Tower, Sochi)

5) Выборгский замок, Ленинградская область

(Vyborg castle, Leningrad Oblast)

6) Поселение Аркаим (III-II тыс. до н.э.), Челябинская обл., Брединский р-н

(Arkaim, Chelyabinsk oblast, Bredinsky reg)

7) Иволгинский буддийский дацан, Бурятия

(Ivolgin Buddhist Monastery, Buryatia)

8) Кафедральный собор, Калининград

(Cathedral, Kaliningrad)

9) Кирилло-Белозерский монастырь, г. Кириллов, Вологодская область

(Kirillo monastery, Kirillov, Vologda Oblast)

10) Комплекс «Мамаев курган», Волгоград

(Mamayev Kurgan complex, Volgograd)

11) Кремль и Софийский собор, Великий Новгород

(Sophia Cathedral and the Kremlin, Novgorod Veliky)

12) Казанский кремль с Благовещенским собором и мечетью Кул-Шариф, Казань

(Kazan Kremlin the Annunciation Cathedral and Kul-Sharif mosque, Kazan)

13) Мост через Енисей, Красноярск

(Krasnoyarsk Bridge, Krasnoyarsk)

14) Музей-заповедник «Кижи», Карелия

(Museum "Kizhi", Karelia)

15) Псково-Печорский монастырь, Город Печоры, Псковская область

(Pskovo-Pechorsky monastery, Pechory, Pskovskaya oblast)

16) Соловецкий кремль, Архангельская область

(Solovetskiy Kremlin, Arkhangelsk)

17) Суздальский кремль и собор Рождества Богородицы, Суздаль

(Suzdal Kremlin and the Cathedral of Our Lady, Suzdal)

18) Кремль и острог, Тобольск

(Kremlin and jail, Tobolsk)

19) Троице-Сергиева лавра, Сергиев Посад, Московская область

(The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius or Monastery of the Holy Trinity, Sergiev Posad, Moscow oblast)

20) Церковь Покрова на Нерли, Владимирская область

(Church of Pokrova Nerli, Vladimir region)

21) Цитадель Нарын-Кала Дербент Дагестан

(Citadel Naryn-Kala, Derbent, Dagestan)
    Many of the places really don't seem so grand, but given their history they might be given consideration out of a sort of Russian form of political correctness. Katja was disappointed that the Rostov Veliky Kremlin didn't make the list (photograph at the top of the page).

    Readers are welcome to follow the link above and place their vote for the final Seven Wonders of Russia.


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