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Battle of Stalingrad

Battle of Stalingrad

The Battle of Stalingrad took place in and around the present day city of Volgograd between July 17, 1942 and February 2, 1943. The battle is considered to be the turning point of World War II. The Soviet counter-offensive, which trapped and destroyed the German 6th Army (and their Axis comrades), led to the first large-scale German defeat of the war.   Battle...

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Belarus Historical Sites

Belarus Historical Sites

Searching for Belarus historical sites? Simply choose one of the following categories below to start exploring Belarus’s rich history. World Heritage Sites in Belarus Other Belarus Historical Sites War & Military History: war memorials, Hero Cities, battlefields   See also: Historical sites in Russia and Ukraine     World Heritage Cultural...

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Fine Arts & Architecture

Fine Arts & Architecture

Enthusiasts of fine arts and architecture have a plethora of options when planning a trip to nations of the former Soviet Union. World famous galleries and UNESCO World Heritage Sites are littered throughout Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus – offering a wide variety of exhibits and sites to visit. Eastern Europe is predominately a mix of Russian...

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Hero Cities of the Great Patriotic War

Hero Cities of the Great Patriotic War

The title Hero City was given to 13 cities of the former Soviet Union. (To be precise, there are 12 Hero Cities and 1 Hero-Fortress). Each of the Hero Cities was honored for it’s great heroism, sacrifice and role in the eventual defeat of Fascist invaders during the Great Patriotic War. Of the 13 Hero Cities, 7 are in present day Russia, 4 lie within Ukraine,...

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Military History

Military History

Military history enthusiasts can find a myriad of attractions throughout Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus. Famous battlefields, fortifications and military museums throughout the former Soviet Union tell the history of conflict from the medieval era of Kievan Rus’, to the Russian Empire, to the volatile 20th century. And for the more adventurous...

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Russian and Ukrainian Architecture

Russian and Ukrainian Architecture

Foreigners are often unfamiliar with Russian and Ukrainian architecture. Most everyone knows about the onion domed cathedrals and the dull and dreary construction from the Soviet era, but little else. The truth is, Russia and Ukraine have gone through many periods of architectural development, from wooden-vernacular architecture that predates Kiev Rus’, to...

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