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.