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Wings of Griffins

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Griffins of Bank Bridge are one of symbols of Saint-Petersburg.

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A: Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky house

by Dmitriy Krasko, 210 meters away

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Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky house

B: Kazan Cathedral, St. Petersburg

by Özgür Örsoğlu, 240 meters away

Kazan Cathedral, St. Petersburg

C: Казанский собор в Петербурге. Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg

by Koshelev, 270 meters away

Kazan Cathedral was built on the site of a small church where the miraculous icon of Kazan Mother of ...

Казанский собор в Петербурге. Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg

D:

by Igor Leontyev, 280 meters away

E: In the middle of the Colonnade - Kazanska Cathedral - Sankt Peterburg - Russia

by Sergej Esnault, 280 meters away

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazan_Cathedral,_St._Petersburg

In the middle of the Colonnade - Kazanska Cathedral - Sankt Peterburg - Russia

F:

by Serge Vorobiev, 290 meters away

G: The Kazan Cathedral

by Timofey Dubrovskikh, 290 meters away

The Kazan Cathedral

H: Kazan Cathedral, St. Petersburg

by Özgür Örsoğlu, 290 meters away

Kazan Cathedral, St. Petersburg

I:

by Yuriy Filatov, 300 meters away

J: Казанский собор

by Oleg Lobanov, 310 meters away

Казанский собор

This panorama was taken in St. Petersburg, Russia

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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.

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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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