The Seven Wonders of Russia

The seven wonders of Russia chosen by the Russian people in a competition conducted by three Russian media outlets.

In 2008 the Russian newspaper Izvestia got together with Russian broadcasting company Radio Mayak and the state owned Russia TV channel and conducted a poll looking for the seven wonders of Russia. The results of the competition produced the seven wonders of Russia which were announced in Moscow's Red Square in June of 2008. These are the seven wonders of Russia based upon that competition.

Lake Baikal 

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Lake Baikal is one of the great wonders of the world. As the deepest lake of planet earth Lake Baikal holds more water than all of the Great Lakes combined and 20% of all the fresh surface water in the world. With its magical deep blue color and surrounding mountains Lake Baikal is growing in popularity as a tourist attraction in Russia especially with those who love the outdoors and like to hunt, hike and fish but there also resort spas and hotels springing up on Lake Baikal's shores.

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Valley of Geysers

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The Valley of Geysers is located on the Kamchatka Peninsula which is in the far east of Russia not too far from the end of the Aleutian Islands off Alaska. The Valley of the Geysers is a 3 to 4 mile long basin filled with almost 100 geysers and many more hot springs. The entire Kamchatka Peninsula area is filled with geothermal activity as some 30 active volcanoes are located on the peninsula. There are no real roads leading to the Valley of the Geysers and the only real way for tourists and visitors to see this great wonder is to arrive by helicopter.

Mamayev Kurgan and the Motherland Calls Statue 

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Mamayev Kurgan is the name of the heights overlooking the city of Volgograd which used to be called Stalingrad and the Motherland Calls Statue sits on top of Mamayev Kurgan as a tribute to the heroes of the Battle of Stalingrad which was one of the bloodiest battles in human history. Up to 2 million causalities occurred in the battle including many civilians as Nazi Germany invaded Russia and battled the Soviet Army for control of Stalingrad for seven months in 1942 into early 1943. The Motherland Calls Statue is 279 feet tall and 200 steps symbolizing the 200 days the Battle of Stalingrad lasted lead from the bottom of the hill to the base of the statue. This tourist attraction in Russia is reportedly leaning to one side and will eventually collapse if not cared for.

Peterhof Palace 

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Peterhof Palace is a series of palaces and gardens often called the Russian Versailles located in the city of St. Petersburg at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea in western Russia. Peterhof was built by the order of Peter the Great and today is a spectacular and very popular tourist attraction in Russia and St. Petersburg has many beautiful hotels to accommodate the tourists visiting Peterhof.

Saint Basil's Cathedral 

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Saint Basil's Cathedral is a a Russian Orthodox Cathedral that was built from 1555-1561 by order of Ivan the Terrible at the geometric center of the city of Moscow which is known as Red Square today. Saint Basil's Cathedral was built to look like the flames of a bonfire reaching to the sky to celebrate a couple of Russian military victories. Today Saint Basil's Cathedral is a unique looking wonder that is a highly popular tourist attraction in Moscow, Russia.

Seven Strong Men Rock Formations or Manpupuner Rock Formations 

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The Seven Strong Men Rock Formations or Manpupuner Rock Formations consists of seven huge over 100 foot high stone pillars located in the Komi Republic in northwestern Russia north of the Ural Mountains. These stone pillars are a great wonder and great mystery and though well known and very popular with tourists inside of Russia the Seven Strong Men Rock Formations or Manpupuner Rock Formations are not that well known yet to international tourists.

Mount Elbrus 

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Mount Elbrus is the highest mountain peak in Russia at 18,510 feet and is located in the western Caucuses mountain range near the border with Georgia. Mount Elbrus is generally considered the highest mountain in Europe though some claim the mountain lies in Asia. Mount Elbrus is a popular tourist attraction with mountain climbers since it is generally considered one of the Seven Summits of the seven continents on Earth. It certainly is a beautiful natural wonder in Russia.

For more see The 7 Natural Wonders of Canada

The 7 Natural Wonders of Costa Rica

10 Deepest Lakes on Planet Earth

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