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A: Rest in the Alexandria Park

by njifoo, 670 meters away

 To the east of the main park at Peterhof (outskirts of Saint-Petersburg, Russia) lies an expanse of ...

Rest in the Alexandria Park

B: Руинный мост

by Nadezhda Ivanyugina, 810 meters away

Воссозданный Руинный мост. Каменный Руинный мост был построен в 1827-1829 годах по проекту архитектор...

Руинный мост

C: Дворец коттедж

by Nadezhda Ivanyugina, 860 meters away

 Летняя резиденция Николая I и его жены Александры Фёдоровны. Центральное архитектурное сооружение дв...

Дворец коттедж

D: Petergof - Monplaisir

by Igor Leontyev, 1.2 km away

Petergof - Monplaisir

E: Roman Fountain - Petergof Palace

by Min Heo, 1.3 km away

Roman Fountain - Petergof Palace

G: The Peterhov Harbour

by Alexey Klement, 1.6 km away

The Peterhov Harbour

H: And you can lie on the grass

by Alexey Klement, 1.6 km away

And you can lie on the grass

I: Bridge at Peterhof Gardens

by Sergi March, 1.7 km away

The first thing that stands out is the Maritime Canal, a long line that reached from the Baltic to th...

Bridge at Peterhof Gardens

This panorama was taken in St. Petersburg, Russia

This is an overview of Russia

Just in case you mistakenly heard that it was all ice and snow in Russia, take a peek at the Big Bikini Exposition. This is right on the river Moskva in Moscow!

Moscow has been the capital of Russia for almost its entire history. The exception is during the period of the Russian Empire, which lasted from 1721 until the Russian Revolution 1917. For these two centuries the capital was St. Petersburg. The Russian Empire was the second largest contiguous Empire in world memory; only the Mongol Empire had been greater.

Check out what's happening north of Mongolia these days, in Chita

Although you may not have heard of Sochi, on the Black Sea, they're building up quickly and hope to host the 2014 Olympics.

Other periods of Russian history include the Tsardom of Russia, from Ivan IV to Peter the Great, and the Grand Duchy (14th-16th centuries).

The earliest period of Russian history was ruled by the Novgorod Republic and Kievan Rus, which was the first Russian state dating back to 800AD in Kiev.

Modern Russia remains one of the world's superpowers. They launched the earth's second satellite, called Sputnik 1, and were the first country to put a human being into orbit around earth. (The first one is called the Moon.)

After the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia became a federal republic of 83 states.

Text by Steve Smith.

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