The Russian flag is a standard tricolor flag, a design that is commonly used on European flags. The Russian flag design features three horizontal stripes of white, blue and red. The flag was actually the ensign for Russian merchant ships before becoming the flag of Russia in 1696. The flag remained the official flag of Russia until the Soviet Union was established in 1917. During that time, the Soviet Union designed their own flag, a flag that became one of the most famous flags in the world. After the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the original Russian flag was re-introduced.
Russia is the largest country in the world based on total land area, spanning from Europe to the Pacific Ocean. Russia is so large that it covers over 1/8th of the world’s land area. Russia is also one of top ten most populated countries in the world. It is a country that has undergone a great amount of change throughout its history. Today, Russia has the fifth best economy in the world, but has a massive social disparity between the rich and the poor.
Landmarks & Historical Places
Many of Russia’s greatest and most historical places are located in the capital city of Moscow as you will see in the images listed below.
The Kremlin is a fortified complex in the center of Moscow and the residence of the Russian President/Government. The Kremlin is located very close to Saint Basil’s Cathedral and the Red Square, both of which we will touch on. The Kremlin includes five palaces, four cathedrals, towers and a surrounding wall.
Saint Basil’s Cathedral/Red Square are signature landmarks in Russia. The Cathedral (pictured on the left), is a church located in Red Square. Red Square is a city square located in Moscow. The Red Square separates the Kremlin from the merchant district called Kitai-gorod.