Russian analogues of world sights

The Giant’s Causeway, North Ireland ↔ Cape Stolbchaty, Kurils

The Giant’s Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption. It is located in County Antrim on the north coast of Northern Ireland, about 5 km northeast of the town of Bushmills. In Russia similar volcanic columns are located on the Kuril Island Kunashir.

The Giant’s Causeway, North Ireland Cape Stolbchaty in Russia

Little France, Strasbourg ↔ Fish Village, Kaliningrad

Fish Village appeared ten years ago. Nice half-timbered houses remind you of the atmosphere of historic areas in Germany, Poland and France. Saunter along the Pregoli embankment, walk up spiral stairs of the lighthouse, drink the white wine after the mussels at the restaurant “Madame Bouche” and you will feel yourself like in Europe.

Little France, Strasbourg Fish Village, Kaliningrad

Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland ↔ Aurora Polaris, Russia (from Karelia to Chukotka)

To see Aurora Polaris live you need to go way down North. In America and Europe there are a lot of places away from city light striking to see “colorful sky concert”. In Russia you can see Aurora Polaris on the Kola peninsula, in Karelia, in the Arkhangelsk Region, in Yakutia and Taimyr.

Aurora Polaris in Norway Aurora Polaris in Russia (Karelia)

The Karlovy Vary, Czechia ↔ The Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort Sochi, Krasnodar Krai

Look closer: bright houses along the Mzymta River and beautiful slopes of Caucasian mountains and famous Czech health resort look very much alike. Unlike the Karlovy Vary the Rosa Khutor offers the rest for all year round. From December to April here people go skiing and snowboard and during the summertime here people do yoga with an eye to mountains, ride a bike and visit Panda Park.

The Karlovy Vary, Czechia The Rosa Khutor, Russia

Wulingyuan, China ↔ Lena pillars, Yakutia

Wulingyuan is quartzite sandstone pillars and peaks in the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in China. It as if floats above the clouds. There is talk that these pillars and peaks inspire famous James Cameron to make flying rocks for his film “Avatar”. Lena pillars in Yakutia have almost the same fanciful appearance. Stone giants on the Lena river are formed of formations that are more than 550 million years old.

Wulingyuan, China Lena pillars, Russia

Channels of Amsterdam ↔ Rivers and Channels of Saint-Petersburg

What is more decorated – Channels of Amsterdam or Rivers and Channels of Saint-Petersburg? So, Netherlandish Channels are more photogenic and Rivers and Channels of Saint-Petersburg are more mysterious.

Channels of Amsterdam Rivers and Channels of Saint-Petersburg

The Ganden Sumtsenling Monastery, Shangri-la, China ↔ Ivolginsky Datsan, Buryatia, Russia

Shangri-la is a fantastic country in the novel of James Hilton “Lost Horizon”. This country is really medical and the Ganden Sumtsenling Monastery is one of the local miracles. In Russia there is similar Buddhist temple Ivolginsky Datsan. It is located in Buryatia.

The Ganden Sumtsenling Monastery, Shangri-la, China Ivolginsky Datsan, Buryatia, Russia

Versailles, Paris, France ↔ Peterhof, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

When Peter the Great decided to construct Peterhof he was inspired by Versailles (palace, parks, fountains, statues). And Peter the Great not only realized it he built it better than the French. Cascades, 176 separate fountains, musical accompaniment create a festive atmosphere that is really worthy for kings.

Versailles, Paris, France Peterhof, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

The Taj Mahal, Agra, India ↔ White Mosque, Bolgar, Russia

The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum- mosque that is located in Agra, India. It is one of masterpieces of world architecture and heritage, one of the wonders of the world. Shah Jahan was the fifth Mughal emperor; he commanded to build Taj Mahal as a sign of love and in memory of his wife. A little copy of Taj Mahal is located in the Republic of Tatarstan. It is “Ak machete” (White Mosque).

The Taj Mahal, Agra, India White Mosque, Bolgar, Russia

Historic center Brugge, Belgium ↔ Embankment Brugge, Yoshkar Ola, Russia

Embankment Brugge in Yoshkar Ola is a small piece of north Europe in ordinary Russian city. It is named after Belgium city because of amazing architectural similarity with the building of old Brugge.

Historic center Brugge, Belgium Embankment Brugge, Yoshkar Ola, Russia

Indian Dolmens ↔ Caucasian Dolmens

Dolmens or soul houses or giants’ houses or places of power are one of the Wonders of the World. Its origin is still not clear. The most popula version is that Dolmens are meant to have funeral functions. It has a great unexplainable power. The most mysterious Dolmens are located in Caucasus (Russia).

Indian Dolmens Caucasian Dolmens