Russia’s Top 10 Places

for Taking a Perfect Selfie

Nowadays, the “Likes” in the social media contribute much to the delight of your journey. Well, OK you have new impressions. Well, OK you taste new things. Well, OK you see the Wonders of the World. But today, these are not the main reasons for many people go on a tour. Boosting one’s ego is another important thing. And it is very much boosted by comments on the posted photos and the envious glances from the colleagues. In these terms, Russia is one of the best countries for blogger-travelers. The monumental artifacts of the Soviet era, the splendor of architecture of the Russian Empire, the diversities of the post-Soviet living… Once you are in Russia, you are guaranteed to have hundreds of Likes. All you need is the right spot for taking photos. Here we go.

Top 1 and 2. Of course, the Kremlin and the Red Square are the must-see sites worth of taking your selfies there. However, these will not make your friends open wide their eyes with surprise. This is why, instead of Kremlin we will visit VDNKh (this Russian abbreviation stands for the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy). This is a solidified image of the Soviet ideology imprinted in the stone walls of its pavilions, the bronze and steel of its statues placed in the fountains and along the walkways.

Being short of time, you may proceed to the main VDNKh monument, the Worker and Kolkhoz Woman. This 60-meter (197 ft) high statue (incl. pedestal) is made of stainless steel. The sickle and hammer held by the characters symbolize pursuit of communist ideals. This giant statue was made by Vera Mukhina, sculptor of monuments for the 1937 Paris Exposition. Once the Exposition was over, the statue returned to Moscow and took its place at the VDNKh inviting you to take the monumental Soviet-style selfies.

3. Generally speaking, while preparing yourself for making popular selfies in Russia you’d better learn to work at a large scale. This is also true for the viewpoints. The best-known one located at the Vorobyovy Gory, Moscow, is loved by the city residents and the tourists since the 19th century. For more rare panoramic views we recommend visiting the west disctrict with the skyscrappers of Moscow International Business Centre (MIBC), also known as “Moscow City.” From the height of 230 meters (755 ft) the city looks like a model kit but still impresses with its size, the concrete jungle extends till horizon and beyond.

Have no head for heights? Welcome to the very heart of the city, the Central Children's Store on Lubyanka Square. Built in the end of the Stalin era and reconstructed recently it acquired a nice viewpoint at its rooftop offering a panoramic view of the old Moscow. The Kremlin Towers, old-time houses and churches, churches, churches… Your followers will appreciate it, of course if you do not forget to take a selfie.

4. Unlike any other Russian city, Saint Petersburg may be taken for Europe. Even the years of Soviet rule did not impact the one-piece and unique skyline of the Russia’s northern capital city. Today, Saint Petersburg city center looks like 100 years ago. Saint Isaac's Cathedral colonnade offers the most recognizable city view with the Winter Palace, churches, metal spires, the Neva River and the dock cranes. A perfect selfie spot!

For more authentic views we recommend climbing one of the roofs of Saint Petersburg city center. Just mount the stairs behind the street door, pass through the upper storey and take a seat on the roof slope with a bottle of good wine. However, this type of adventure is better had when you are accompanied by a local guide. And by an adventurous streak. Just imagine how many Likes you'll get!

5. The Soviet system failed to change Saint Petersburg. However, this is here that the Revolution that spread all over Russia 100 years ago began. This was marked by a blank shot of Aurora cruiser on October 25, 1917. The revolutionary sailors used this battleship commissioned in 1900 as their headquarters. Now, it is permanently berthed by the Petrogradskaya Embankment preserved as a museum-ship. But it still looks impressive, so don’t miss a chance to take selfie with it. Remember to add hashtags #lenin, #revolution, and #1917!

6. Those who prefer refinement and fine arts to the macho attitude are welcome to take a selfie with an angel statue at the Palace (Dvortsovaya) Square in the very heart of Saint Petersburg. This statue overlooks Saint Petersburg from atop of the Alexander Column for almost 200 years. It is the city’s main landmark. An angel with a sad smile, head down and a big cross… the right end-picture for the Saint Petersburg album in your Instagram.

7. The Soviet sculptors knew how to fit their pieces into the appropriate scenery. Question: Do you know where the biggest Lenin’s statue is situated and how tall it is? Answer: On the bank of the Volga River in Volgograd (Southern Russia). The Leader of world proletariat overlooks the vast space of Russia’s main waterway from the height of 57 meters (187 ft) as this is the size of the statue including its pedestal. The statue without pedestal weighing 9,000 tons is 27 meters (89 ft) high.

Even photos look impressive. And this is exactly for the sake of photos that we are here. Volgograd is not on your itinerary? Well, there is another record holding Lenin statue you can visit. This statue also stands on the bank of the Volga River, but in Dubna, Moscow Region. This statue is just 2 meters (7 ft) shorter than the one in Volgograd, and in overall (including pedestal) it is 37 meters (121 ft) high. About as high as a 12-storey building. By the way, there was a time when a statue of Joseph Stalin looked at this Lenin statue from across the river. That was more or less of the same size. The Stalin statue was destroyed in 1961, right after the Communist Party took a new direction and denounced the Stalin personality cult.

8. Next site on our top list is also related to the Soviet era. It seems like it was created especially for taking photos! Outskirts of Istra town, Moscow Region. Abandoned Marx generator or, as they call it, the Tesla coil. Let make a point: just 50 km (31 miles) north-west from Moscow the Soviet scientists have created a special complex for open-air ultra-high-voltage experiments. Technical devices were tested here for electromagnetic field resistance. Some say that here they created artificial lightnings and clouds.

Today, this complex is abandoned. The only thing to know about it is that it looks quite unusual like kind of extraterrestrial city in a science fiction movie. For visiting this site we recommend finding a local guide who knows the way around and getting a proper footwear as to reach this ‘Tesla coil’ you will have to walk through the woods. But this is really worth it. Here you will take photos like never before.

The ‘Tesla coil’ looks quite unusual like kind of extraterrestrial city in a science fiction movie

9. Other fantastic structures are created nowadays. Russky Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge in Vladivostok completed in 2012. It connects the mainland part of Vladivostok city with Russky Island in the Sea of Japan. This openwork bridge is famous for its record-setting 1104 meters (3622 ft) central span. It looks like it is flying above the waters. A perfect spot for romantic selfies!

10. In any case, Russia’s best wonders were created by nature and not by man. One of Russia’s most famous natural wonders are the Syenite Buttes in the Stolby Nature Sanctuary, near Krasnoyarsk, Central Siberia. This sanctuary is easily accessible: Krasnoyarsk city is surrounded by taiga and the sanctuary is accessible by bus or by taxi. This area is famous for its naturally shaped stone pillars, fancy rocks and the amazing Siberian forest. For 150 years Stolby Nature Sanctuary attracts tourists with its Alpine and forest flowers, rocky landscape sights and amazingly beautiful sunsets. Mother nature has created this incredible place. All you have to do is to take a picture!

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