Monthly Archive for: ‘January, 2013’

St. Petersburg’s cemeteries

It may be strange to write about the city and to start with the cemeteries, but there is no better place to learn about the history than these tranquil memorial parks containing the graves of the rich, the famous, the poor and the unknown. In St. Petersburg there are two famous cemeteries known as the Necropolis of Masters of Arts. …

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Kazan, or Kasan, is a city in Tatarstan, on the Volga River east of Moscow. Founded in 1401, the city became the capital of a powerful Tartar khanate only to be conquered by powerful Tsar Ivan IV in 1552. Mosque Qul-Sarif (the building with the nice blue domes) stands in the place of the previous Mosque demolished in 1552. It …

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