Hole in the Donut Cultural Travel
St. Basil's Cathedral, a former church in Moscow's Red Square, is today a museum

Click on above photo to view it in large format: St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow’s Red Square, today serves as a museum. It was built from 1555–61 on orders from Ivan the Terrible, and it’s full name is the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat.

One end of Moscow's famous Red Square: Kremlin and Lenin's Tomb (left); State Historical Museum (center); and the enormous GUM Department Store (right).

Click on above photo to view it in large format: One end of Moscow’s famous Red Square: The Kremlin and Lenin’s Tomb (left); State Historical Museum (center); and the enormous GUM Department Store (right).

Aktion T4 Memorial in Berlin

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Memorial at Philharmonie in Berlin, former site of the headquarters of Aktion T4, the agency that ordered “euthanasia” of people with mental disabilities or illnesses during the Third Reich, on the the National Socialist government. During my visit, dozens of Berliners filed past the photos and documentation in utter silence.

Konzerthaus Berlin at Gendarmenmarkt

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Konzerthaus Berlin, located on Gendarmenmarkt square near the historic center of the city, is considered to be one of the five best concert venues in the world due to its excellent acoustics. During the Christmas holidays, the Gendarmenmarkt hosts one of Berlin’s most popular Christmas markets.

Interior of the Berliner Dom Protestant Cathedral in Berlin

Click on above photo to view it in large format: The Berliner Dom (Protestant Cathedral in Berlin) features a dome decorated with mosaics, stained glass windows by Anton von Werner, massive pipe organ, Neo-Baroque pulpit, and crypt with more than 80 sarcophagi of Prussian royals. It is well worth the 270-step climb to the top of the dome to take in the views over Berlin.

Checkpoint Charlie, the most famous crossing point in the Berlin Wall between East and West Berlin during the Cold War

Click on above photo to view it in large format: During the Cold War, Checkpoint Charlie was the most famous crossing point in the Berlin Wall between the east and west sectors of the city. Though both the Wall and checkpoint were removed in 1990, a reproduction of the guard house and border sign were later recreated. Today, for a fee tourists have their photographs taken with actors dressed as Allied military policemen standing in front of the guard house.