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RAPHAEL'S MASTERPIECE IN THE HERMITAGE MUSEUM

22 July 2021

The painting The Beautiful Gardener, also known as Madonna and Child with Saint John the Baptist, by Raphael was delivered from the Louvre Museum (Paris) to the Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg). From 21 July to 19 September Raphael's masterpiece can be seen in the Apollo Hall of the Winter Palace.
ITALIAN AND RUSSIAN FUTURISM IN ST. PETERSBURG

19 July 2021

The exhibition “Italian Futurism from the Mattioli Collection and Russian cubo-futurism from the Russian Museum and private collections” was launched in Mikhailovsky Castle in St. Petersburg on 15 July. Within the framework of the exhibition it is possible to see the works of Burliuk, Malevich, Modigliani and other famous artists.

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Murmansk

Murmansk is the largest city in the world located beyond the Arctic Circle and one of the largest ports of Russia. Murmansk is located on the rocky eastern coast of the Kola Bay of the Barents Sea.

The Kola peninsula is washed by the waters of the Arctic ocean, and the only place where its coast is accessible through the whole year is Teriberka. It is a small fishermen’s settlement, 140 km away of Murmansk in the north-east direction. One more thing makes it special: a beautiful waterfall, powerful in summertime and frozen in winter. On the way to the waterfall there is also a picturesque stony beach, known as “dragon eggs beach”. Besides the place is known because of the Leviafan movie, that was filmed there.

Special geographical position of Murmansk region enables us to observe a unique natural phenomenon – Aurora Borealis, an enticing and mysterious feature of the Northern lands. People cannot control it, but at least they try to predict it to a certain point and then try to find – this is what is called “Aurora hunting”. The guests will check several locations outside the city together with our experienced guides, finding out if they are lucky enough to capture this exciting phenomenon. Hot drinks and sweets are provided to keep you warm.

Murmansk is home for the icebreaker Lenin - the first nuclear powered vessel in the history. Being a unique project for the USSR, Lenin was converted into a museum after it was put out of service. During the city tour you will have a chance to see the original interior, engine room and control posts, as well as modernized room devoted to the Arctic exploration.

Besides, if you go to Murmansk there are various places worth seeing as well:

• Open-air museum "Saami village". Where you can get acquainted with the culture and life of the local indigenous Saami people, master the Saami national games, see and feed the reindeer, ride a reindeer sleigh, take pictures in Saami national clothes.

• Snow Village, which is included in the Russian Guinness Book of Records, is a unique structure: everything is snowy around, but still warm. All snow buildings are made by human hands: the walls of the future village appear from ordinary snow cubes, and the interior items of the winter halls get visible outlines.

• Husky dog sledding on the white expanses of the Kola Peninsula. An excursion to the husky park gives you the opportunity to get to know better the most human-friendly dogs in the world – the northern sled dogs. Moreover, tourists will be able to ride a dog sled and then drink aromatic tea made of local herbs.

Murmansk is an excellent exotic destination for true adventurers!