Trans-Siberian Architecture Photo Gallery
The Trans-Siberian railway will take you from the grand European architecture of St Petersburg to the Imperial splendour of Beijing which showcases some of China’s finest traditional buildings. Along the way you will experience the traditional wooden style of Siberia and the simple but effortlessly practical gers of Mongolia refined over centuries to fit with their nomadic culture.
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Our pick of Architectural Highlights Along the Trans-Siberian
★ CATHEDRAL INTERIOR – SUZDAL
Arguably the jewel in the crown that is the Golden Ring. Suzdal was passed by the Trans Siberian when it was built and as a result hasn’t changed that much over the last few hundred years.
★ ST. BASIL’S CATHEDRAL – MOSCOW
Perhaps the most famous building in Russia and instantly recognizable, St. Basil’s was built by order of Ivan the Terrible. It’s design is unique in Russian architecture and it follows none of the standard Russian styles of the time.
★ SOVIET SKYSCRAPER – MOSCOW
Part of a group of skyscrapers sometimes referred to as the Seven Sisters, although not by the local Muscovites. They were constructed between 1947 and 1953 in response to America’s burgeoning skyline.
The most northerly city in the world that has a population of over a million and certainly Russia’s most “Western” city. There’s a heavy European influence here with many of the architects who designed the city coming from the continent.
★ SIBERIAN WINDOWS – IRKUTSK
Typical of the shutters you will see all round Siberia but especially in Irkutsk and around Lake Baikal. They are often painted shades of Green, White or Blue – apparently this is to ward off evil spirits.
★ MONASTERY – ULAN UDE
Former centre of Buddhism during the Soviet Years, Ulan Ude still is the residence of the head of Russian Lamas. This is one of Russia’s most Asian cities and there is plenty to show you the connections between Tibet and Mongolia here.
★ LOCAL COLOUR – KAZAN
These are colours that you’ll see all over Siberia that are connected to the ancient religions that believed the colours kept the evil spirits away. This type of architecture is found all over Siberia.
★ ‘MODERN’ GER – MONGOLIA
Very little has changed about these traditional homes over the last few centuries but as you can see from this picture there has been a few modifications made over the last few years!
★ ERECTING A GER – MONGOLIA
Certainly not quite as easy as the Mongolians make it look but remarkably quick and efficient to both erect and dismantle as well as being deceptively light which enables it to be transported quickly and easily.
★ GERS AT DUSK – MONGOLIA
Mongolia is stunning at both sunrise and sunset. The Gers seem to reach out of the ground as part of the environment rather than a man made addition. Time to light the fire and watch the stars!
★ NATIONAL THEATRE – BEIJING
Designed by French architect Paul Andreu and locally known as the Giant Egg, the National Theatre is Beijing’s premier opera house and one of it’s group of very distinctive modern buildings that have been built during the boom years.
★ GREAT WALL – BEIJING
The Great Wall is potentially the most recognizable tourist site on the planet alongside the Great Pyramids at Giza and it rarely fails to impress. The project of joining them together to make a “Great Wall” over 2000 years ago.
★ OLYMPIC STADIUM – BEIJING
The Bird’s Nest has got to be one of the most amazing stadium designs you’re likely to see anywhere in the world. Designed in part by artist Ai Wei Wei it’s well worth a visit even if you have no interest in sport.
★ TEMPLE OF HEAVEN – BEIJING
This could be considered the most attractive building in China, it’s well worth visiting early in the day so you get to see all the groups of people doing Tai Chi, exercises and dance routines.
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