Country File: Russia

Since we’re heading Moscow direction soonish, and although it’s our second visit to Moscow it’s the first to the current country containing it, so let’s do a Country File on it — Rossiyskaya Federatsiya, which was still the USSR last time we were there, commonly known as Russia!

Flag of Russia

(Seriously, we have to do something about framing these white bits, yes we know.)

Russia joined UNESCO on 21 April 1954, (well, the USSR did, but the UN generally handed the Russian Federation all the USSR memberships without missing a step) making it a real country by‘s standard; and it has 28 inscribed and 21 tentative World Heritage Sites:

Russian Federation

Natural System of Wrangel Island Reserve (2004)
Citadel, Ancient City and Fortress Buildings of Derbent (2003)
Ensemble of the Novodevichy Convent (2004)
Historical Centre of the City of Yaroslavl (2005)
Struve Geodetic Arc (2005)
Putorana Plateau (2010)
Lena Pillars Nature Park (2012)
Landscapes of Dauria (2017)
Assumption Cathedral and Monastery of the town-island of Sviyazhsk (2017)
Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments (1990)
Kizhi Pogost (1990)
Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow (1990)
Historic Monuments of Novgorod and Surroundings (1992)
Cultural and Historic Ensemble of the Solovetsky Islands (1992)
White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal (1992)
Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye (1994)
Architectural Ensemble of the Trinity Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad (1993)
Virgin Komi Forests (1995)
Lake Baikal (1996)
Volcanoes of Kamchatka (1996)
Central Sikhote-Alin (2001)
Golden Mountains of Altai (1998)
Uvs Nuur Basin (2003)
Western Caucasus (1999)
Historic and Architectural Complex of the Kazan Kremlin (2000)
Bolgar Historical and Archaeological Complex (2014)
Ensemble of the Ferapontov Monastery (2000)
Curonian Spit (2000)

Centre historique d’Irkoutsk (30/09/1998)
Rostov Kremlin (22/10/1998)
Historic Center of the Yenisseisk (20/07/2000)
Great Pskov (25/01/2002)
Petroglyphs of Sikachi-Alyan (31/01/2003)
The Commander Islands (Comandorsky State Nature Reserve) (07/02/2005)
Magadansky State Nature Reserve (07/02/2005)
Krasnoyarsk Stolby (06/03/2007)
The Great Vasyugan Mire (06/03/2007)
Ensemble of the Astrakhan Kremlin (28/04/2008)
The Ilmensky mountains (11/08/2008)
The archeological site of Tanais (24/02/2009)
Bikin River Valley (Extension of the “Central Sikhote-Alin”) (19/11/2010)
Bashkir Ural (30/01/2012)
Historical and Cultural Jeyrakh-Assa Reservation (15/05/1996)
Testament of Kenozero Lake (11/04/2014)
Virgin Komi Forests (re-nomination) (04/06/2014)
Western Caucasus (re-nomination) (04/06/2014)
Mamayev Kurgan Memorial Complex “To the Heroes of the Battle of Stalingrad”(10/09/2014)
The Oglakhty Range (25/11/2016)
Centre historique de la ville de Gorokhovets (07/03/2017)

TCC splits it into two places, “Russia” and “Siberia (Russia in Asia”, and MTP counts a remarkable 57 places in Europe and a further 28 in Asia — all 85 administrative subdivisions of Russia!

Which is a particularly good example of why this blog takes the approach of making our travel bucket list World Heritage Sites instead of geographical areas. If you visit Moscow for a day’s stopover and Vladivostok for a day’s stopover, you’ve seen Russia by TCC’s standard. Have you really seen it? Well, not really.

On the other hand, does ticking off all 85 on the MTP list really make you all that better traveled than somebody who’s seen the most interesting half of those? Well, probably not.

But if you visit the 28 sites that UNESCO has so far deemed worthy of inscription, plus the 21 tentative sites the Russians think should be recognized, have you seen enough of Russia to consider yourself travelled enough to move on? Yep, we think so!


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