Russian National Museum

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! Russian State Museum, Russian Gosudarstvenny Russky Muzey, museum opened in St. Petersburg in 1898 as the central museum of Russian art and life. It is housed in the buildings of the former Mikhailovsky Palace, designed by Karl Ivanovich Rossi and built in 1819–25. The buildings were converted …

Ice Bather’s Hut (Murmansk)

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! Have you ever swum in the icy waters? This activity is possible to do it on Lake Semyonovskoe at Murmansak. The temperature there in winter routinely plunges to -20C, and it is so far north the sun does not rise at all for …

Moscow’s Kremlin

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! The Moscow Kremlin (Russian: Московский Кремль), also known as The Kremlin, is a historic fortified complex at the very heart of Moscow, overlooking the Moskva River (to the south), St. Basil’s Cathedral (often mistaken by westerners as the Kremlin) and Red Square (to …

Bolshoi Ballet & Theatre

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! One of Moscow’s most symbolic attractions, the Bolshoi Theatre is known to everyone who has ever seen a hundred rouble banknote. Repeatedly hit by fire, the theatre has been rebuilt many times and survived several regime changes, but is still considered one of the …

Saint Basil’s Cathedral

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed (Russian: Собор Василия Блаженного, Sobor Vasiliya Blazhennogo), commonly known as Saint Basil’s Cathedral, is a church in Red Square in Moscow, Russia. The building, now a museum, is officially known as the Cathedral of the Intercession of …

The Firebird

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! The Firebird (French: L’Oiseau de feu; Russian: Жар-птица, translit. Zhar-ptitsa) is a ballet and orchestral concert work by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. It was written for the 1910 Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes company; the original choreography was by Michel …

Russian Customs

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! Russia has many traditions that have been preserved for years. The Russian traditions go through the year, and always have something weird, extraordinary and extravagant. For example, did you know Christmas celebration is on January 7? Most Russians celebrate New Year’s with the …

Baba Yaga

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! Baba Yaga, also known as Baba Iaga, is one of the most famous witches in Slavic folklore. She is a popular figure in children’s fairy tales, and was one of the common stories of the Russian oral tradition. Her origin is part of …

Matryoshka (Russian Dolls)

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! Matryoshka – The Russian Nesting Doll Nowadays, it’s hard to find a symbol from Russia more popular than the traditional Russian nesting doll. These decorated wooden dolls are also called matryoshka dolls or babushka dolls. They are recognized even in the countries thousand miles away from …

Vodka

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! We all love a good cocktail every now and then, especially if this one is prepared with vodka. We all know a traditional Bloody Mary or a Cosmopolitan, but do we really know where the main ingredient in these cocktails was originated? The …