Monday, December 29, 2014

Many Themes RR - Group 1621 (Val-Natalia)

From Russia I've got these cards sent by Natalia. They're from Arbatskaya metro station in Moscow, Lake Baikal and the Church of Our Lady of Kazan in Irkutsk. 

Arbatskaya is a station of the Moscow metro. It was built in 1953 to replace an older station damaged in a German bomb attack in 1941. Since it was meant to serve as a bomb shelter as well as a Metro station, Arbatskaya is both large (the 250-m platform is the second-longest in Moscow) and deep (41 m underground).
 The station represents an example of Stalinist baroque style, its opera clothes include white arched ceilings, bronze chandeliers, ceramic bouquets of flowers, red marble decorations, and glazed tiles.

© Photo by Artur Abagyan 
Lake Baikal curves for nearly 400 miles through south-eastern Siberia, north of the Mongolian border. Lake Baikal is the largest (by volume) freshwater lake in the world, containing roughly 20% of the world's unfrozen surface fresh water and at 1,642 m (5,387 ft), the deepest. It is also among the clearest of all lakes, and thought to be the world's oldest lake at 25 million years. 
It was classified as a UNESCO WHS in 1996.

Our Lady of Kazan Church, in Irkutsk, is an Orthodox church built between 1885-1892.

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