Lately it has become very popular around the world to select places that stand out for their history or their incredible beauty and give them the title of the seven modern wonders; looking for a replacement of the famous seven wonders of antiquity.
It is very common now to find contests focused on this goal and promoted by the media that want to expand their audience; or by governments of different countries that seek to promote and develop tourism in their nation as a way to increase the income they receive; and make himself known to the rest of the world, and Russia is no exception. The newspaper Izvestia, Radio Mayak, and the television channel Rossiya 1 joined in 2007 to hold a contest that sought to choose the seven wonders of Russia. First, the sites that would be candidates to fill these positions were freely proposed, then sites were chosen for each district; making a total of 49 candidates. In a third stage these candidates were reduced to 14 and finally; in the Red Square the places that are considered the seven wonders of Russia were declared. These places are:
Located between the Irkustk Oblast and the Republic of Buryatia, this huge lake is known to be the largest freshwater reserve on the entire planet. It contains about a fifth of all fresh non-frozen water in the world, as well as being the deepest lake there is.
It is known in Mongolian and Buriata languages as “Dalái-Nor”, which means “Sacred Sea”. It has some of the clearest and clearest waters in the world. It has been a World Heritage Site since 1996, ruled by UNESCO.
The valley of the geysers
It is located in the Kronotsky nature reserve on the Kamchatka Peninsula. It is the only geyser basin in all of Russia and the second largest in the world. It also has numerous hot springs, especially on the bank of the Guéizernaya river. You can highlight the Velikán geyser, with eruptions rising up to more than 25 meters in the air. The basin has at least another 20 geysers that also explode in this way. The nature reserve where the valley is located is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
It is worth noting that the 7 wonders of Russia include only a small specially protected part of the peninsula: the “Valley of the Geysers.” This is the largest geyser field in the world with over a hundred thermal springs and several dozen large geysers. Getting here is not so simple: first, you can reach the valley only by helicopter; Second, the number of tourists is strictly limited and you must obtain a special permit before the trip. However, all these difficulties are fully justified by the unique nature of the valley!
Great hill from where you can see the entire city of Volgograd. His name in Russian translates to “Tumulus of Mamai”, in honor of the man who once commanded the Golden Horde in the 1370s.
Today, it has one of the largest monuments and one of the tallest statues in the world measuring 85 meters high, the Statue of the Motherland. The monument was erected in 1967, in honor of the Russian victory at the battle of Stalingrad in 1942.
Located near St. Petersburg, it is a large palace and park complex in the city of Peterhof. The “Russian Versailles” has remained a splendid structure of the Russian nobility since its completion in the early eighteenth century. With several extensive gardens, huge fountains and gold decorations everywhere, this place still looks like home to royalty. It was once home to the czars of the Russian Empire, who were not ashamed to live a life of luxury. It was converted into a museum after the fall of the empire in 1918.
St. Basil’s Cathedral
Known for its bulb-shaped domes, it is one of the largest and most famous orthodox structures in the world. Located on the Red Square in Moscow, its special architecture makes it a unique structure throughout the world, without another that resembles it.
Its construction was ordered by Tsar Ivan the Terrible in 1555, and was completed in 1561. It is by far the most famous cathedral in the world, and one of the most iconic structures in all of Russia.
The rock formations of Man-Pupu-Nior
They are a set of seven large pillar-shaped rock formations with abnormal figures. They are located on the west side of the Ural Mountains, in the Republic of Komi. Its location in the great nature reserve of Pechora-Ilich is a sanctuary of the marten cybelin, a small mammal that lives in the country. The height of the formations varies between 30 and 42 meters, and they came to be considered sacred by the local mansi natives.
Mount Elbrús is a large snowy mountain and the highest mountain in all of Europe, measuring 5642 m from sea level. Located in the Ural mountains, it marks the border between Asia and Europe. In addition to its great height and size, added to its impressive appearance as snowy mountain, it is also known for its two peaks. It is also the largest mountain in all of Russia.
Do you want to conquer this famous peak? For beginners in climbing, we have prepared the program “On top of Russia”, which involves a slow acclimatization and training in climbing skills on the spot. In addition, we carry out this expedition only in the warm season, and trace the route along the southern slope of Elbrus, the easiest to climb. If you can already call yourself an experienced climber, we offer to conquer Elbrus with us in a week as part of the “Above the Clouds” expedition. Its route also runs along the southern slope in the warm season.
Know the seven wonders of Russia that you can know if you are on vacation here. Visiting the seven wonders of Russia included in several of the scheduled excursions will make these tours an adventure like no other. Tour the seven Russian wonders only with GuiaRus you will know.