Hole in the Donut Cultural Travel
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The Belozersky Monastery near the small village of Kirillov, Russia

Click on above photo to view it in large format: The Belozersky Monastery near the small village of Kirillov, Russia, is one of the few that was not destroyed under Communism

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Smolny Cathedral and Convent was built to house Elizabeth, the daughter of Peter the Great, after she was banned from succession to the throne

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Smolny Cathedral and Convent was built to house Elizabeth, the daughter of Peter the Great, after she was banned from succession to the throne. The Baroque cathedral was named Smolny – ‘tar’ in Russian – for the tar pits that once occupied the site where it now stands.

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Antonio Canova's sculpture, The Three Graces, in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, depicts the three daughters of Zeus, said to represent beauty, charm and joy

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Antonio Canova’s sculpture “The Three Graces” in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, depicts the three daughters of Zeus, who represent beauty, charm and joy

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Church of the Savior on the Blood in St. Petersburg, Russia

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Church of the Savior on the Blood in St. Petersburg, Russia was built on the site where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated and was dedicated to his memory

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Typical street scene along Nevskiy Prospekt, the main retail thoroughfare in St. Petersburg, Russia

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Typical street scene along Nevskiy Prospekt, the main retail thoroughfare in St. Petersburg, Russia

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Cathedral of the Icon of Our Lady of Kazan in St. Petersburg, Russia

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia is dedicated to Our Lady of Kazan, probably the most venerated icon in Russia.