Eastern Europe

Unbowed Man – The father’s grief stands in Khatyn

The Nazis destroyed the village together with its residents in the spring of 1943 killing 149 people, including 75 children. The decision to set up a memorial

Orient Express – The famous terminal station in Istanbul

A long-distance passenger train service created in 1883 by Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits. The Orient Express was a showcase of luxury and comfort at a time when

Sergey Bubka – The world indoor record in Donetsk

Pole Vault Stars is an annual indoor pole vaulting competition which is typically held in February at the Druzhba Palace of Sports in Donetsk. The meeting was

Swallow’s Nest – The small castle on the cliff in Gaspra

Anatoliy Solovianenko – The statue of the “Golden voice” in Donetsk

A Ukrainian operatic tenor, People’s Artist of the Ukraine and USSR, and State Taras Shevchenko prize-winner. He was born into a mining family in Donetsk and graduated

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – The last Symphony in Klin

Russian composer of the Romantic period. He was the first Russian composer whose music made a lasting impression internationally. He was honored in 1884 by Tsar Alexander

Vardzia – The cave monastery in Gogasheni

The main period of construction was the second half of the twelfth century. The caves stretch along the cliff for some five hundred meters and in up

National Library of Belarus – The main information and cultural center in Minsk

It houses the largest collection of Belarusian printed materials and the third largest collection of books in Russian behind the Russian State Library of Moscow and the

Fort Alexander – The naval fortress in Saint Petersburg

Since the formation of Saint Petersburg in 1703, the waterways in the Gulf of Finland were of strategic importancemfor Russia. Peter I initiated the construction of forts

Brest Fortress – The “Hero Fortress” in Brest

A 19th-century fortress in present-day Belarus to commemorate the defense of the frontier stronghold during the first week of the German-Soviet War of 1941-1945 when Axis forces

Kamianets-Podilskyi Castle – One of the Seven Wonders of Ukraine in Kamianets-Podilskyi

The castle was thought to have been founded during the second half of the 14th century, as the first accurate historical accounts of the castle date back

Yalta Conference – The “Big Three” Conference in Yalta

The World War II meeting of the heads of government of the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union to discuss the postwar reorganization of

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