Krasnodar is a city in southern Russia. It's known for its steel-lattice water tower, designed in the early 20th century by architect Vladimir Shukhov. The Krasnodar Philharmonic Society hosts a range of state performance groups in an opulent 1909 hall. Nearby, the large, 5-domed St. Catherine's Cathedral was consecrated in 1914. To the north, the landscaped Chistyakovskaya Roshcha park has century-old oak trees.
Russia, the world?s largest nation, borders European and Asian countries as well as the Pacific and Arctic oceans. Its landscape ranges from tundra and forests to subtropical beaches. It?s famous for Moscow's Bolshoi and St. Petersburg's Mariinsky ballet companies. St. Petersburg, founded by Russian leader Peter the Great, has the baroque Winter Palace, now housing part of the State Hermitage Museum?s art collection.