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Northwest region

The Northwest region is most visited by foreign tourists, many of whom arrive in St. Petersburg on cruise ships. It will be very interesting to visit the cities of Novgorod the Great and Pskov, as well as Kaliningrad (formerly Koenigsberg), the most western city of Russia.

St. Petersburg was founded by Tsar Peter I in 1703 and was built as the front capital of the Russian Empire. That is why it can rightly be called the most beautiful city of Russia, and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It is surrounded by the tsarist palaces of Peterhof, Tsarskoye Selo, Pavlovsk, Gatchina and others. 

Two interesting cities are located to the south of St. Petersburg. They are Novgorod the Great and Pskov. The remained a lot of ancient churches and monasteries in the cities. And Novgorod the Great is a city where the Russian state was founded by Prince Rurik and Russian statehood was formed. The Cathedral of St. Sophia, the oldest church in Russia, is in Novgorod the Great (1045).

The vast region of Karelia where you can see many natural sight is to the north of St. Petersburg. On Lake Ladoga you should visit the skerries (rocky islets) in the area of the city of Sortavala, and the Ruskeala marble quarry. Pleasure boats make trips between Sortavala and the island of Valaam with the Transfiguration Monastery. The Kizhi museum of wooden architecture is on one of the islands of Lake Onega. There you can see beautiful wooden churches. The Solovetsky Monastery is on the White Sea.

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Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo outside of St. Petersburg
View of St. Sophia Cathedral and Vologda Kremlin from the Vologda River embankment
Efa dune rises several dozens of meters above the waters of the Curonian lagoon
Dancing forest - the most mystical place on the Curonian spit, where the trees have an incredible curved view
St. Sophia Cathedral (1045) in Veliky Novgorod is the most ancient church of Russia
The Pskov Kremlin as viewed from the Velikaya river
Winter Palace (the Hermitage Museum) in the rays of the setting sun from the Palace Embankment
Green building of the Winter Palace on the Palace Embankment against the background of the Admiralty and St. Isaac`s Cathedral
Cathedrals and churches of Pskov Caves Monastery
Kizhi island on lake Onega. The 18th century wooden churches of the Museum of wooden architecture are listed as a UNESCO heritage site
Huge blocks of marble in the bottom of the flooded Ruskeala quarry 
Grand Peterhof Palace and fountains of the Grand Cascade
Dome Cathedral - the main attraction of Kaliningrad
The beach of the resort village of Yantarny with white sand is the main tourist attraction
Dawn over the river Neva (four in the morning) during the white nights
View of the Big Dune ridge on the Curonian spit from the observation deck over the Lake Swan
St. Nicholas Gate and the big boulders at the base of the St. Nicholas Tower of the Solovetsky Kremlin
Stone labyrinths built by the ancient inhabitants of the Belomorye (White Sea) several thousand years ago
Skit (hermitage) of Andrew the First-called on the Bolshoi Zayatsky island of the Solovetsky Archipelago
The Lukovka Tower is the most powerful and highest tower of the fortress Izborsk
A hill over Lake Kuchane. The house of А. S. Pushkin at Mikhaylovskoye is on the hill. 
St. Nicholas Cathedral (1113) is the main church of the Yaroslav`s Courtyard (Dvorishche).
The fresco of Savior in the Church of Transfiguration-an outstanding masterpiece of monumental painting of Theophanes the Greek
New Primorskiy Amber Quarry in the Kaliningrad region, where 90% of the world`s amber reserves are concentrated