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40 Incredible Photos of Russia

Whether you're tuning in to watch the 2014 Sochi Olympics or have always been intrigued by the hidden beauty of Russia's vivid landscapes, colorful dome-topped buildings, and complicated history, we've rounded up 40 beautiful photos of this fascinating country, taken by our BT audience.

  1. "View of Red Square from St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow."

    (Courtesy joe8211943/myBudgetTravel)
  2. "This is an old iron bridge crossing a canal in a park near Catherine the Great's Palace in Pushkin, Russia, near St. Petersburg."

    (Courtesy nonrev69/myBudgetTravel)
  3. "The beautiful Peterhof building in Russia."

  4. "Moscow by night."

    (Courtesy jmauxier/myBudgetTravel)
  5. "Peterhof Park in Russia."

    (Courtesy jmauxier/myBudgetTravel)
  6. "Red Square, with Lenin's mausoleum in the center of the photo."

    (Courtesy joe8211943/myBudgetTravel)
  7. "Early in the morning in Moscow, before the crowds arrived."

    (Courtesy joe8211943/myBudgetTravel)
  8. "Spring thaw in the wilderness of Kostroma, Russia."

    (Courtesy amichka/myBudgetTravel)
  9. "Russia's scenic countryside."

    (Courtesy amichka/myBudgetTravel)
  10. "Peterhof in Russia."

    (Courtesy davidspiel/myBudgetTravel)
  11. "These are the beautiful grounds of a convent in Moscow."

    (Courtesy marmat1711/myBudgetTravel)
  12. "The Opera and Ballet Theater in Kazan, Russia, on a snowy winter night."

    (Courtesy klmoore2/myBudgetTravel)
  13. "Kizhi Island in Russia is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Every building on the island, including the onion domes, are all made of wood. The domes are made of aspen which catches and changes with the light."

    (Courtesy marmat1711/myBudgetTravel)
  14. "Uspensky Monastery in Kostroma, Russia."

    (Courtesy amichka/myBudgetTravel)
  15. "Palace Square in St. Petersburg, Russia."

    (Courtesy davidspiel/myBudgetTravel)
  16. "I was staying with my friend in this small village outside the city of Kostroma, Russia. There were only about 12 houses surrounding the blue wooden church. Sunday morning, the bells tolled and Russian women wrapped in furs braved the -20F weather to attend the services."

    (Courtesy amichka/myBudgetTravel)
  17. "Kostroma is an ancient town on the banks of the Volga River. New Year's trees begin to show up around December 20th, just in time for the holiday festivities. The main square was decked out with a tree, ice sculputres, and ice slides for the kids."

    (Courtesy amichka/myBudgetTravel)
  18. "The Moskva and the Kremlin by night."

    (Courtesy klmoore2/myBudgetTravel)
  19. "You may find it difficult to believe that when the Germans were finally driven out of the area toward the end of World War II, almost everthing was in ruins. The complex of gardens and residences at Peterhof was masterminded by Peter the Great, who personally drew up the original plans, starting around 1720."

    (Courtesy LadyTraveler/myBudgetTravel)
  20. "Pushkin Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia."

    (Courtesy heckersid/myBudgetTravel)
  21. "A tree clinging to a cliff in the Russian wilderness."

    (Courtesy amichka/myBudgetTravel)
  22. "A village church in Karavaeva."

    (Courtesy amichka/myBudgetTravel)
  23. "April thaw in Kostroma."

    (Courtesy amichka/myBudgetTravel)
  24. "Statues inside the Hermitage in St. Petersburg."

    (Courtesy davidspiel/myBudgetTravel)
  25. "A church in Kostroma, Russia."

    (Courtesy amichka/myBudgetTravel)
  26. "Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia."

    (Courtesy amichka/myBudgetTravel)
  27. "Lenin statue at a New Year's carnival in Voronezh, Russia."

    (Courtesy tfleming/myBudgetTravel)
  28. "St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow."

    (Courtesy patfax/myBudgetTravel)
  29. "The Hermitage in St. Petersburg."

    (Courtesy amichka/myBudgetTravel)
  30. "During our Russian river cruise, we had the pleasure of meeting the ship's cat."

    (Courtesy hbwoods/myBudgetTravel)
  31. "Kremlin Clock Tower."

    (Courtesy patfax/myBudgetTravel)
  32. "The back of St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow."

    (Courtesy patfax/myBudgetTravel)
  33. "Red Square has all its buildings lit up at night, creating a fantasy-like setting. St. Basil's Cathedral is spectacular at night as well as in the day."

    (Courtesy marmat1711/myBudgetTravel)
  34. "This is a church in Uglich, Russia, along the Volga river. I like that the leaves frame the domes in a heart shape."

    (Courtesy marmat1711/myBudgetTravel)
  35. "A beautiful church in Kostroma, Russia."

    (Courtesy amichka/myBudgetTravel)
  36. "Catherine the Great's Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia."

    (Courtesy LadyTraveler/myBudgetTravel)
  37. "Orthodox icons for sale in Staraya Ladoga, Russia."

    (Courtesy smithjen78 /myBudgetTravel)
  38. "While visiting rural Russian artists in the village of Krasnoe-na-volge, we turned a corner and met up with this friendly cow."

    (Courtesy amichka/myBudgetTravel)
  39. "The Great Hall is Rastrelli's centerpiece room at Catherine Palace. The vastness of gilded carvings decorating the walls, inlaid parquet floor, and elaborately painted ceiling demonstrates the opulence of this masterpiece. It is in this Great Hall that important receptions such as balls and formal dinners were held."

    (Courtesy jaylemae /myBudgetTravel)
  40. "A lakeside Monastery in Vologda Oblast, Russia."

    (Courtesy miekecrosby/myBudgetTravel)

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