We have selected these sites for their historical significance, cultural and religious heritage and natural legacy. All of these places made the list for being symbols that exemplify the Russian soul and spirit. More than 1,000 km to the south of Moscow lies Rostov-on-Don, one of the largest cities in Russia. It is a multiethnic city. Rostov-on-Don known informally as “the gates to the Caucasus,” it is a city with links to five seas. The city boasts around 1,000 cultural heritage sites, and, incidentally, the local university is where the famous Soviet writer and Nobel Prize winner, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, once studied. Kamchatka’s 300 volcanoes are included as an entry on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. This fact, together with the geyser rivers and valleys, the volcanoes’ huge calderas and the perpetually changing landscapes after volcanic eruptions make Kamchatka one of the few places on earth where you can still feel like an explorer. This land was discovered more than 300 years ago, but even today so little is known about it. Until 1990 foreigners couldn’t set foot in Kamchatka and even Russians needed a special permit to come. Now it’s open to everyone.