40 Incredible Photos of Russia

Whether you tuned in to watch the 2014 Sochi Olympics or have always been intrigued by the hidden beauty of Russia's vivid landscapes, colorful dome-topped buildings, and complicated history, we've rounded up 40 beautiful photos of this fascinating country, taken by our BT audience.

By Kaeli Conforti, Friday, Feb 7, 2014, 6:00 PM

Source Article: 40 Incredible Photos of Russia

View of Red Square from St. Basils Cathedral

"View of Red Square from St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow."

(Courtesy joe8211943/myBudgetTravel)

Iron Bridge in St. Petersburg, Russia

"This is an old iron bridge crossing a canal in a park near Catherine the Great's Palace in Pushkin, Russia, near St. Petersburg."

(Courtesy nonrev69/myBudgetTravel)

The beautiful Peterhof building in Russia

"The beautiful Peterhof building in Russia."

Moscow by night

"Moscow by night."

(Courtesy jmauxier/myBudgetTravel)

Peterhof Park in Russia

"Peterhof Park in Russia."

(Courtesy jmauxier/myBudgetTravel)

Red Square, with Lenins mausoleum

"Red Square, with Lenin's mausoleum in the center of the photo."

(Courtesy joe8211943/myBudgetTravel)

Early in the morning in Moscow, before the crowds arrived.

"Early in the morning in Moscow, before the crowds arrived."

(Courtesy joe8211943/myBudgetTravel)

Spring thaw in the Russian wilderness

"Spring thaw in the wilderness of Kostroma, Russia."

(Courtesy amichka/myBudgetTravel)

A view of the beautiful Russian countryside

"Russia's scenic countryside."

(Courtesy amichka/myBudgetTravel)

Peterhof in Russia

"Peterhof in Russia."

(Courtesy davidspiel/myBudgetTravel)

View from a convent in Moscow

"These are the beautiful grounds of a convent in Moscow."

(Courtesy marmat1711/myBudgetTravel)

An impressive building in winter

"The Opera and Ballet Theater in Kazan, Russia, on a snowy winter night."

(Courtesy klmoore2/myBudgetTravel)

Wooden domes in Russia

"Kizhi Island in Russia is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Every building on the island, including the onion domes, are all made of wood. The domes are made of aspen which catches and changes with the light."

(Courtesy marmat1711/myBudgetTravel)

Monastery in Kostroma, Russia

"Uspensky Monastery in Kostroma, Russia."

(Courtesy amichka/myBudgetTravel)

Palace Square in St. Petersburg, Russia

"Palace Square in St. Petersburg, Russia."

(Courtesy davidspiel/myBudgetTravel)

Sunday morning in Durasovo, Russia

"I was staying with my friend in this small village outside the city of Kostroma, Russia. There were only about 12 houses surrounding the blue wooden church. Sunday morning, the bells tolled and Russian women wrapped in furs braved the -20F weather to attend the services."

(Courtesy amichka/myBudgetTravel)

New Years trees in Russia

"Kostroma is an ancient town on the banks of the Volga River. New Year's trees begin to show up around December 20th, just in time for the holiday festivities. The main square was decked out with a tree, ice sculputres, and ice slides for the kids."

(Courtesy amichka/myBudgetTravel)

The Moskva and the Kremlin by night

"The Moskva and the Kremlin by night."

(Courtesy klmoore2/myBudgetTravel)

Peter the Greats Peterhof in Russia

"You may find it difficult to believe that when the Germans were finally driven out of the area toward the end of World War II, almost everthing was in ruins. The complex of gardens and residences at Peterhof was masterminded by Peter the Great, who personally drew up the original plans, starting around 1720."

(Courtesy LadyTraveler/myBudgetTravel)

Pushkin Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

"Pushkin Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia."

(Courtesy heckersid/myBudgetTravel)

Tree clinging to a cliff in Russia

"A tree clinging to a cliff in the Russian wilderness."

(Courtesy amichka/myBudgetTravel)

A village church in Karavaeva

"A village church in Karavaeva."

(Courtesy amichka/myBudgetTravel)

Russia thawing out in April

"April thaw in Kostroma."

(Courtesy amichka/myBudgetTravel)

Statues inside the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia

"Statues inside the Hermitage in St. Petersburg."

(Courtesy davidspiel/myBudgetTravel)

church in Kostroma, Russia

"A church in Kostroma, Russia."

(Courtesy amichka/myBudgetTravel)

Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia

"Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia."

(Courtesy amichka/myBudgetTravel)

Lenin Statue at the Carnival

"Lenin statue at a New Year's carnival in Voronezh, Russia."

(Courtesy tfleming/myBudgetTravel)

St. Basil Chapel in Moscow

"St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow."

(Courtesy patfax/myBudgetTravel)

The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia

"The Hermitage in St. Petersburg."

(Courtesy amichka/myBudgetTravel)

The ships cat

"During our Russian river cruise, we had the pleasure of meeting the ship's cat."

(Courtesy hbwoods/myBudgetTravel)

Kremlin Clock Tower

"Kremlin Clock Tower."

(Courtesy patfax/myBudgetTravel)

St. Basil Chapel in Moscow from the back

"The back of St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow."

(Courtesy patfax/myBudgetTravel)

St. Basils Cathedral lit up at night

"Red Square has all its buildings lit up at night, creating a fantasy-like setting. St. Basil's Cathedral is spectacular at night as well as in the day."

(Courtesy marmat1711/myBudgetTravel)

Russian domes through the trees

"This is a church in Uglich, Russia, along the Volga river. I like that the leaves frame the domes in a heart shape."

(Courtesy marmat1711/myBudgetTravel)

Kostroma Russia church

"A beautiful church in Kostroma, Russia."

(Courtesy amichka/myBudgetTravel)

Catherine the Greats Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia

"Catherine the Great's Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia."

(Courtesy LadyTraveler/myBudgetTravel)

Orthodox icons for sale in Staraya Ladoga, Russia

"Orthodox icons for sale in Staraya Ladoga, Russia."

(Courtesy smithjen78 /myBudgetTravel)

A friendly cow in Russia

"While visiting rural Russian artists in the village of Krasnoe-na-volge, we turned a corner and met up with this friendly cow."

(Courtesy amichka/myBudgetTravel)

Inside the Palace of Catherine the Great

"The Great Hall is Rastrelli's centerpiece room at Catherine Palace. The vastness of gilded carvings decorating the walls, inlaid parquet floor, and elaborately painted ceiling demonstrates the opulence of this masterpiece. It is in this Great Hall that important receptions such as balls and formal dinners were held."

(Courtesy jaylemae /myBudgetTravel)

Lakeside Monastery, Vologda Oblast, Russia

"A lakeside Monastery in Vologda Oblast, Russia."

(Courtesy miekecrosby/myBudgetTravel)

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