Various optional activities will be offered to Conference participants.
Moscow is the capital and the largest city of Russia. It was founded in 1147, and in 14th century it became the center, around which the Russian state was being formed. Moscow is a large economic, scientific, and cultural center. It develops rapidly, and ancient buildings in its streets and squares neighbor with the most modern constructions.
In Moscow, there are located many world known tourist attractions. The most famous among them are the Kremlin, the Red Square with St. Basil’s Cathedral, Christ the Savior Cathedral, the Novo-Devichi Convent, Bolshoi Theater, and magnificent architectural and landscape monuments of the Soviet era: the Main building of the Lomonosov Moscow State University and other Stalin’s skyscrapers, ensemble of VDNKh (https://eng.russia.travel/objects/262928/) with its famous fountains, etc. In summer, it is especially pleasant to visit Moscow parks, where historical atmosphere is harmoniously combined with high-tech.
Attractiveness, availability, and security of the city were acknowledged by world touristic agencies. More than 20 million tourists have visited Moscow during the last year.
In 2019, Moscow for the first time won the main nomination of the World Travel Awards (WTA) — as "The Best Travel Destination. City", having surpassed London, Paris and St. Petersburg (https://www.worldtravelawards.com/award-worlds-leading-city-destination-2019).
A Moscow city tour and visit to the Kremlin and the Red Square will be organized for participants of the Conference.
Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra
This is the largest monastery of the Russian Orthodox Church. It was founded in 1337, and since then, it played an important role in Russian history and culture. The ensemble of the monastery comprises more than 50 buildings constructed by the most famous Russian architects in XV-XVIII centuries.
The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Golden Ring of Russia (Vladimir and Suzdal)
The Golden Ring of Russia comprises several old and beautiful historical Russia cities located near Moscow. This two-day tour covers two of them: Vladimir and Suzdal.
Vladimir is a more than 1000 year old city located about 200 km from Moscow. In XII-XIII centuries it was the capital of the North-Eastern Russia. In 1237, it was devastated by Mongolians, and later became part of the Moscow State. Now it is a regional center with about 350000 inhabitants. There are numerous magnificent historical monuments in Vladimir. Among them, the Assumption Cathedral with paintings by the famous medieval Russian icon painter Andrey Rublev, and Cathedral of Saint Demetrius with unique white stone carving (both monuments belong to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites).
Suzdal is a small historical city located 26 km from Vladimir. It is one of the most beautiful Russian towns with more than 1000 year history. In the city, there are no industrial enterprises, so it is an open-air museum with immense number of well-preserved old buildings, unique churches, and wooden architecture objects. Calm and charming views of Suzdal will not leave anyone untouched.In 1992 Suzdal was included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Saint Petersburg is the second largest city of Russia and former capital of the Russian Empire. It was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great. It is located in Neva River delta, and occupies numerous islands separated by rivers and channels and connected by drawbridges. This is why it is often called “Venice of the North”.
Magnificent and majestic palaces, churches, monuments, unforgettable and marvelous ensembles of streets, squares, embankments, and parks, various museums including the Hermitage, one of the largest museums of the world, – this all makes Saint Petersburg one of the most beautiful cities of the world.The center of Saint Petersburg and several park ensembles located near the city have been listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.