Hole in the Donut Cultural Travel
Church of Elijah the Prophet  in Yaroslavl, Russia

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Built in the mid-17th to 18th centuries, Church of Elijah the Prophet in Yaroslavl, Russia contains rich decorations and wall paintings.

Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, Russia

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow stands on the site of a prior church that was demolished by Stalin during the Communist era, Reconstructed in the 1990’s, the current cathedral is very popular with Muscovites who attend daily orthodox services.

Visitors at the entrance to Red Square toss coins while standing on

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Visitors toss coins at Red Square entrance while standing on “Zero Kilometer,” the place from which all distances in Moscow are measured. The practice is said to bring good luck. It is uncertain if there is any truth to the superstition, but clearly it is lucky for the senior citizens who rush to retrieve the coins as soon as they hit the ground.

State Historical Museum (left) and Kremlin (right), with St. Basil's Cathedral in the distance, at Red Square, Moscow

Click on above photo to view it in large format: The gorgeously illuminated State Historical Museum (left) and an end tower of the Kremlin (right), with St. Basil’s Cathedral in the distance, by night at Moscow Red Square

Dormition Cathedral, Patriarch's Palace, and Church of the Twelve Apostles inside the grounds of the Kremlin in Moscow

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Dormition Cathedral, Patriarch’s Palace, and Church of the Twelve Apostles, located in Cathedral Square, inside the grounds of the Kremlin in Moscow. Coronation and funeral processions of all the Russian tsars were held at churches on this square over the centuries.

Tsar Cannon, the largest bombard by caliber in the world, on display at the Kremlin in Moscow

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Tsar Cannon, the largest bombard by caliber in the world, is on display at the Kremlin in Moscow. It is said to have been fired only once. Today it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Kremlin.