CULTURE PROGRAM

Moscow

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Moscow is the capital and largest city of Russia. It was founded in 1147, and in the 14th century it became the center around which the Russian state was formed. Moscow is a major economic, scientific and cultural center. It is rapidly developing, and old buildings on its streets and squares are adjacent to the most modern buildings.

In Moscow, there are located many world known tourist attractions. The most famous among them are the Kremlin, the Red Square with St. Basil’s Cathedral, Christ the Savior Cathedral, the Novo-Devichi Convent, Bolshoi Theater, and magnificent architectural and landscape monuments of the Soviet era: the Main building of the Lomonosov Moscow State University and other Stalin’s skyscrapers, ensemble of VDNKh (https://eng.russia.travel/objects/262928/) with its famous fountains, etc. In summer, it is especially pleasant to visit Moscow parks, where historical atmosphere is harmoniously combined with high-tech.

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Various optional activities will be offered to Conference participants.
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In 2019, Moscow won for the first time in the main category of the World Travel Awards (WTA) - as "The best tourist destination. City", ahead of London, Paris and St. Petersburg (https://www.worldtravelawards.com / Award-worlds-lead-city-destination-2019).
A tour of Moscow with a visit to the Kremlin and red square will be organized for the conference participants.

Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra
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This is the largest monastery of the Russian Orthodox Church. It was founded in 1337 and has since played an important role in Russian history and culture. The monastery's ensemble includes more than 50 buildings built by the most famous Russian architects in the XV-XVIII centuries.

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Holy Trinity-St. St. Sergius Lavra is a UNESCO world heritage site .

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Golden ring of Russia (Vladimir and Suzdal)


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The Golden ring of Russia includes several ancient and beautiful historical cities of Russia located near Moscow. This two-day tour covers two of them: Vladimir and Suzdal.

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Vladimir is more than 1000 years old and is located about 200 km from Moscow. In the XII-XIII centuries, it was the capital of North-Eastern Russia. In 1237, it was devastated by the Mongols, and then became part of the Moscow state. Now it is a district center with a population of about 350,000 people. Vladimir has many magnificent historical monuments. Among them are the assumption Cathedral with paintings by the famous medieval Russian iconographer Andrey Rublev and the Dmitrievsky Cathedral with unique white stone carvings (both monuments are included in the UNESCO world heritage list).

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Suzdal is a small historical city located 26 km from Vladimir. This is one of the most beautiful cities in Russia with more than 1000 years of history. There are no industrial enterprises in the city, so this is an open-air Museum with a huge number of well-preserved ancient buildings, unique churches, and wooden architecture items. Calm and charming views of Suzdal will not leave anyone indifferent. In 1992, Suzdal was included in the UNESCO world heritage list.

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Saint-Petersburg


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Saint Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia and the former capital of the Russian Empire. It was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great. It is located in the Delta of the Neva river and occupies many Islands separated by rivers and channels and connected by drawbridges. This is why it is often called the "Venice of the North".

Magnificent and majestic palaces, churches, monuments, unforgettable and wonderful ensembles of streets, squares, embankments and parks, various museums, including the Hermitage, one of the largest museums in the world - all this makes St. Petersburg one of the most beautiful cities. of the world. The center of Saint Petersburg and several Park ensembles located near the city are included in the UNESCO world heritage list.

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