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Russia - Western European Russia (PDF Chapter)
This is the Western European Russia chapter from Lonely Planet’s Russia guidebook.
This ancient, Arcadian region showcases Mother Russia at her most fertile: Tolstoy, Turge-nev, Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov and nothing less than the modern country itself were all born here. It’s a lofty legacy and nowhere does Western European Russia let you forget it.
- return to rural 19th-century Russia at Yasnaya Polyana, the leafy estate and final resting place of Leo Tolstoy
- explore Stary Izborsk, the country’s oldest stone fortress, and get a taste of Russian rural life while staying at a country guesthouse
- admire Smolensk’s stunning Assumption Cathedral and go on a museum crawl in the hilly Hero City
- restaurants & accommodation
Coverage includes: South of Moscow, Tula, Yelets, Voronezh, Oryol, North & West of Moscow, Smolensk, Tver, Torzhok, Veliky Novgorod, Staraya Russa ?????, Pskov, Stary Izborsk, Pechory.
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