Russia celebrated Cosmonautics Day on 12 April. This day was declared as the International Day of Human Space Flight in dedication of the first manned space flight made in 1961 by the Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. Gagarin’s flight was a triumph for the Soviet space program, and opened a new era in the history of space exploration. Since 1961 Cosmonautics Day has been celebrated across Russia annually.
Image source: Gagarin Research & Test Cosmonaut Training Centre
If you are interested in the mysterious cosmic world, Travel Russia has wonderful offers for you. Highlights include a visit to the Star City, Gagarin Research and Test Cosmonaut Training Centre (GCTC), which was built to support manned space programs, space exploration activities, space engineering and cosmonauts’ training. The GCTC offers many options for incentive programs including an excursion with a professional guide, a conversation with a real cosmonaut and a cosmonaut training course.
Image source: Saint Petersburg
The high season in St. Petersburg is coming closer, and the city is awakening from the chills of winter with many cultural events, attracting tourists from all over the world.
Russia is now even more accessible via the `Princess Anastasia’ and `Princess Maria’ ferry’s arriving from Helsinki, as delegates now do not require a visa for stays up to 72 hours. This is a great way to get a taste of St. Petersburg and have the opportunity to stay at one of the city’s most luxurious hotels.
The art exhibition of Tony Cragg is now open at the Hermitage. Tony Cragg is one of the most famous contemporary sculptors, and embarks on an intricate exploration of the existence of sculpture: beyond design and art market. The exhibition was specifically designed by the artist for the Hermitage Museum and features 55 sculptures and drawings from the last 2 decades.
Another exhibition of a well-known artist, Léon Bakst, is open at the Russian Museum. The art of Bakst has largely influenced theatrical and decorative art all over the world. The exhibition is dedicated to the master’s 150th anniversary and presents over 100 masterpieces.