Together with the Samara area Land of Glory is a single architectural ensemble. In the center is a symbol of Samara - Monument of Glory. The monument was created in honor of the work of the aviation industry in Samara, made his feat of labor during the war. Near the monument in front of the symbolic bas-relief of the motherland, eternal flame burns. Here lay wreaths on February 23 and V-Day, and on weekends at the Eternal Flame newlyweds come to be photographed here on memory. The square itself - one of the best viewing areas of the city, it offers expansive views of the Volga River and the right bank. Diverging staircase leads from the monument of Glory to the waterfront, Volga Avenue. With an area known for its beautiful fountain visible in honor of the Victory. (ru.wikipedia.org)
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 ChitaAlthough 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.