This is a journey to the unchanged Russian North offering a unique opportunity to see historic and picturesque Russia, undamaged by world wars or Soviet industrialisation. For many, this is the true ‘heart’ of Russia where Russians have lived since Viking times, the virtually flat landscape is broken only by tall pines and the gleaming cupolas of churches. Because of its relative inaccessibility there are hardly any tourists who venture into these beautiful lands, dotted with some of Russia architectural and artistic jewels.
Prior to the foundation of St. Petersburg in 1703 which gave Russia the outlet to Europe, great cities, towns and monasteries were built in this region. These all became significant trading centres during the 16th and 17th centuries. Though trade has since moved elsewhere, the towns remain picturesque with fleets of white stone cathedrals and kremlins bearing witness to the former prosperity of the North. Here is Russia in the raw and maybe the country’s true soul. Indeed perhaps the greatest joy of this journey is to witness the dynamic resurgence of orthodox faith after nearly a century of atheism and communist rule.
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