Nicholas II was the last Emperor of Russia. He ruled from 1 November 1894 until his forced abdication on 15 March 1917. His reign saw Imperial Russian go from being one of the world’s great powers to economic and military collapse. He abdicated following the February Revolution of 1917. He and his family were executed on July 1918 by the Bolsheviks.
Putorana Plateau, Russia
Putorana Plateau is a basalt plateau at the northwestern edge of the Central Siberian Plateau, south from the Taymyr Peninsula. The highest mountain in the range is Mount Kamen which is 1 700 meters above sea level. In 2010 the Putorana Plateau was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
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Kazan Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Russia
The Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan broke ground in 1801 and construction continued for ten years. It was modelled by Andrey Voronikhin after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. After the Russian Revolution of 1917, the cathedral was closed. It opened in 1932 as the pro-Marxist Museum of the History of Religion and Atheism. In 1996 the cathedral was returned to the Russian Orthodox Church. The interior features numerous sculptures and icons created by the best Russian artists of the day.