5. A Big Blue Time mA­chine

Philippine Tatler - - LIFE | TRAVEL -

The golden ea­gle of­fers guests a chance to visit beau­ti­fully pre­served mon­u­ments to Rus­sia’s rich and often tur­bu­lent past. in Kazan, pas­sen­gers visit the tow­er­ing Kul Sharif mosque, one of the largest mosques in the coun­try, which was con­structed in the 16th cen­tury as part of the un­esco-recog­nised Kazan Krem­lin. in irkutsk, guests en­joy a pri­vate op­er­atic con­cert in the breath­tak­ing man­sion of count Sergei Volkon­sky, now a mu­seum to the failed De­cem­brist upris­ing of 1825. On the out­skirts of ulan-ude, there’s a visit to a tra­di­tional vil­lage of the Old Be­liev­ers, a re­li­gious sect that was ex­iled to the depths of Siberia in the 1600s for not fol­low­ing church re­forms; while in novosi­birsk, a cen­tury of rail his­tory beck­ons from the city’s mu­seum for Rail­way Tech­nol­ogy, a fas­ci­nat­ing out­door ex­hi­bi­tion of tow­er­ing, So­viet-era steam lo­co­mo­tives.

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