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Russia`s Seven Wonders exposed June 13, 2008

Russia tries to revive patriotism and love to the motherland in its citizens. The celebration of the Independence day yesterday, 12 June was crowned by the announcement of the Russia`s Seven Wonders. The country-wide voting has been done online and via sms since 1. February 2008, more than 25 million of Russians voted for their favourites.

As I found no information about it in English (!), I desided to blog about it and packed some short texts and pictures together in a post  – for all those who want to know something positive about Russia … 

Seven Wonders of Russia include: The Valley of Geysers in the Kamchatka region, Lake Baikal, the complex of palaces in Peterhof, Columns of Erosion in the Komi Republic, Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, Mamayev Kurgan in Volgograd, Statue of Motherland in Volgograd and Mount Elbrus.

My personal favourite is THE MOTHER MOTHERLAND CALLS Statue (see below), as I feel it manifest the love and respect for the feminine principle in Russia.

And now the voting results in detail : Russia`s 7 Wonders (natural and man-made):

  • Columns of Erosion /Plateau Man-Pupu-Nep/- geological wonder in the Komi Republic. The columns of 30-42 m high create a spectacular view and serve as a source of legends and esoterica experiences.


  • Mamayev Hill-the MOTHER MOTHERLAND statue.The Mamayev Kurgan features a memorial complex commemorating the Battle of Stalingrad (August 1942 to February 1943), arguably the bloodiest battle in human history. At the time of its installation in 1967 the statue of the Mother Motherland formed the largest free-standing sculpture in the world.


  • Lake Baikal is in Southern Siberia in Russia, near the city of Irkutsk. It is also known as the “Blue Eye of Siberia”. It’s famous for holding a volume of water larger than that of all the North American Great Lakes combined. Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world, and the largest freshwater lake in the world by volume, holding approximately twenty percent of the world’s total surface fresh water.

 image: sbras


  • The Valley of Geysers is the only geyser field in Eurasia (apart from the Mutnovsky geyser field) and the second largest concentration of geysers in the world. Part of the Volcanoes of Kamchatka UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Valley of the Geysers is nestled in a canyon of a mountain river, where more than 20 large geyesers and 200 thermal springs, vapor-steam jets, and mud-pots belch, boil and gush in an area of only about seven square kilometers.

 image: kamchatka.org.ru



 image: Tbass Efendi




 image by axinia

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20 Responses to “Russia`s Seven Wonders exposed”

  1. These are wonderful wonders! The MOTHER MOTHERLAND Statue and St. Basil’s Cathedral are simply fabulous! My vote would go to Plateau Man-Pupu-Nep, though.

  2. axinia Says:

    the wonders of nature are the best for sure! 🙂

    But some man-made monuments are also awesome… especially if they inspire!

  3. Swaps Says:

    For as long as I can remember, the No.1 wonder from Russia has been Russian women 🙂

    Second, space technology.

  4. Gandalf Says:

    Great Entry. You blog looks superb!

  5. axinia Says:

    that is a good point 🙂

    thank a lot 🙂 I did not know you are such an advanced blogger!

  6. Nita Says:

    Beautiful pictures Axinia.Thanks. In fact I was going to ask you whether you have ever posted photos of Russia! I find Russia very intriguing. I want to know more about Russia as one hardly gets to know anythng about it in the press. In fact I find the west a little boring as one reads about it all the time and our hindi movies are often shot there and therefore we get large doses of Europe! And as I have been to Europe and the US my curiosity about those countries is missing. But Russia, I know hardly anything and therefore this post from someone from there is wonderful to read.

  7. axinia Says:

    Thank you Nita, I also noticed a hunge lack of information on RUssia , especiall of poivitve information! – in a way I want to follow your good example and post more about Russia. Promise! 🙂

  8. Raman Says:

    I didn’t know about Baikal!! Good to learn. The cathedral, I presume has become an identity for Russia – Russia is definitely on my agenda for travel.

  9. radha Says:

    Russia will blossom, very beautiful post. Last year i was searching about Lake Baikal and i really want to go there one day 🙂

  10. Anastasia Says:

    dear axinia,
    thank you for the post! first of all, it is so inspiring to read about beauty! and, second, it is very much interesting – thank you for broadening our outlook! I am myself a Russian but have not heard about this country-wide voting for the 7 wonders! you first brought it to me 🙂

  11. Alexander Says:

    Thank you for nice pics from my Motherland =) I’d like to point that Lake Baikal is more East Siberia than Southern =) we have 2 known Siberias West and East =)

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  14. Ramya Says:

    heyyy wow…..feel like visiting Russia…..Wud love know more about Russia Axinia….I have read books of Russian authors but never knew its History!!

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  16. guqin Says:


    Is the architecture in the Petergof photo the Summer Palace or the Winter Palace?

    I just read from a Chinese bloger who just visited the Summer Palace, he said when comparing to the Summer Palace, Beijing’s Forbidden City just looked like a big farm house. I believed him after I looked up the picture of the Summer Palace in Wikipedia. Some Chinese tourists expressed disappointments in western European architectures (such as the Versailles) after seeing them since they were not as fine and big as seen in photos, but they were still very immpressed by Russian architectures by their grand scales and artistry. I myself have a very high interest in western (and Egyptian) architectures. I will somedays see the Summer Palace and make a painting of it. In fact, in my humble oppinion, architecture is the most successful artform in all western arts. I believe Ayn Rand said something similar too.

    I am a little disappointed and even emmbarrassed with surving Chinese architectures. Not that Chinese architecture isn’t good, but that the surviving ones are from later dynasties (Forbidden City build only some 500 years ago) when the architectural tradition had been declining, and because of the wood-brick structure, Chinese architectures don’t last that long.

  17. guqin Says:

    By the way, I couldn’t find your post on the Zhang Yimou movie, but the palace in that movie is very much the same as the Forbidden City. Yet Zhang got it wrong: Tang dynasty (when the story was supposed to take place) palaces didn’t look like that, they looked a lot better. Zhang also got many elements in the cutomes (including the emperor’s dress and crown) wrong too. The movie recieved a lot of criticism back home.

  18. vinayakah Says:

    Really beautifull post, thanks for it. Russia is a beautifull country, not only from an architecture point of view, but also in many other aspects.

  19. axinia Says:

    the post on the Chinese film is here: https://1000petals.wordpress.com/2008/11/09/two-films-of-highest-asthetic-beauty-jodhaa-akbar

    I was not aware of all these mistakes with historical evidence and decoration, but the film setting is just breath-taking! If you mean in reality it looked even better – my hats off! 🙂

    Now Russia:
    Summer Palace in St. Peterburg is beautiful, but I love the Winter Palace – it literary rocked my imagination, and I have seen many beautiful palaces in Europe!…

  20. Ana Oproiu Says:

    Everything beautiful! Thank you!

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