The Cave City of Crimea.

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Photos: Dementievsky Ivan
Eski Kermen is a medieval town located just 6 km from Mangupa, in the Bakhchisaray region in Crimea.
The town is located atop one of the flat-topped mountains called mesa, which are normal for this part of Crimea, and is famous for its more than 300 caves.
The caves were built in the 6th century and was used for human habitation because of the safety they provided and the shelter that they offered from the elements.
Over the centuries the dwellings grew and housed several hundreds of people at one time.
eski-kermen-7[2]Religious life was important to these people who had a few temples and churches built in the caves.
One of the churches still has frescoes that depict Christ and Mary, although the frescoes are beginning to show the wear of the elements.
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The “cave city” was inhabited until the arrival of the Mongols in the 13th century.
Due to the mountainous terrain, the town is difficult to reach and was therefore one of the last to succumb to the Mongol onslaught.
After the caves were abandoned by the residents, for a brief period, the neighboring villagers began to use the caves for commercial purposes.
Today, the caves of Eski Kermen makes for a great day-trip and for hikes.
See more via Eski Kerman, An Ancient Cave City in Crimea | Amusing Planet.

Leo Tolstoy, Writer, 1828-1910.

LeoTolstoy1Leo Tolstoy the renowned and celebrated Russian writer and philosopher was born on September 9th, 1828 in Yasnaya Polyana, the family estate in the Tula region of Russia.
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Tolstoy’s epic masterpiece War and Peace is one of the most widely acclaimed novels in the world and considered as one of the most important works of literature.
It tells of the events surrounding France’s 1812 invasion of Russia and documents life in the Tsarist society of the Napoleonic years through the eyes of five Russian upper class families.
His other masterpiece Anna Karenina is a sensational romantic tragedy which follows the life of Anna Karenina when she has a life-changing affair with the dashing Count Alexei Vronsky set in the 19th century Russian high society.
His other notable works include: The Resurrection, Master and Man, Family Happiness, A confession along with a variety of short stories, plays and essays.
Tolstoy breathed his last on 20th November 1910 at age of 82 in Astapovo, Russian Empire.
via Zee News.

Cossacks Barracks.

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A photo of an old cossacks barracks. These buildings were quite magnificent at time they were built.
After the Russian Revolution the building was used first by the Soviet army and then the Russian army up until 2003.
Now it’s going to be demolished and residential houses are planned to be built in its place.
Source: An Old Abandoned Cossacks Barracks | English Russia

On the edge in Perm Europe’s easternmost city.

Since 1996, John Peter Askew has been heading 1,500km from Moscow to photograph the Russian city of Perm.
His intimate shots capture family meals, frozen merry go-rounds and men in their trunks.

Woman Glancing Down, 2007
‘Photography is a bizarre mix of reality and fiction. That is what makes its identity elusive and impossible to trap.’
Source: On the edge: life in Europe’s easternmost city – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

Newly built Brig Sails on Neva River, Saint Petersburg.

Source: Rome flashmob and saved snails: Thursday’s best photos | News | The Guardian