• The Seven Bulls of Jeti-Oguz, Kyrgyzstan

    Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks) is one of the most famous landmarks of Kyrgyzstan, made up of several impressive natural sandstone formations. It is featured in many poems and paintings, as well as music videos.

  • Chess City, Elista, Kalmykiya, Russia

    Elista is the largest Buddhist city in all of Europe and lies in the steppes of southwestern Russia. The town is home to giant monasteries and Buddhist sculptures, as well as kings and queens - but not in the traditional sense.

  • A Soviet Dacha Home Museum, Moscow, Russia

    Russian Tsars in the 17th century started to reward loyal landholders with small estates named “dachas” in the country, a word that translates from old Russian to "something given".

  • Kyrgyz National Philharmonic, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

    The Kyrgyz National Philharmonic is situated in the heart of Bishkek, accompanied by fountains and a large statue of Manas (an early Buddhist hero, as legend has it).

  • Independence Monument, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

    The Independence Monument is located in the center of Tashkent city, on the Independence Square. During the Soviet time, the square was named Lenin Square and a monument of Lenin was erected in the middle of it.

  • Ships Graveyard, Moynaq, Uzbekistan

    Moynaq used to be a bustling fishing community in Uzbekistan made up of tens of thousands of residents, but with the Aral Sea having dried up, the city has become a ghost town, also known as the ships graveyard.

  • Najmeddin Kubra Mausoleum, Uzbekistan

    The Najmeddin Kubra Mausoleum is considered the holiest spot in Kunya-Urgench. Najmeddin Kubra was a famous Khorezm Muslim teacher and poet, as well as the founder of the Sufic Kubra order, from the 12-13th century.

  • Yzmykşir Fort, Turkmenistan

    Remains of the Yzmykşir Galasy adobe-walled fort in the desert near Tashauz, Turkmenistan. 
    These days this fort is known more for the fact that in 1075 a Turkmen scientist, Mutazili theologian, Arabic philologist, and Quran exegete.
    Photo credit: ©Annette Johnson 2018

  • Hotel Ještěd, Liberec, Czechia

    Rising over 300 ft above the majestic Ještěd mountain, the Hotel Ještěd dominates the skyline of the Liberec region in the northern Czech Republic.

  • Velka Amerika, Czechia

    Velka Amerika quarry is located outside the village of Mořina, Czech Republic. Formerly a center for calcium mining, what was once the refuse land of industry has now blossomed into a beautiful natural scenery.

  • Tilla-Kori Madrassah, Uzbekistan

    The Tilla Kori was built on the north side of the Registan Square in Samarkand, between 1646 and 1660. Yalangtush Bakhadur, the ruler of Samarkand at that time, ordered the Tilla Kori's construction but died before it was completed.

  • Spotlight: Russian Monuments: The Other Kremlin

    The "Kremlin in Izmailovo" is a cultural complex founded by Aleksandre Fedorovich Ushakov and Marina Viktorovna Alekseeva in 2003. It was established as a cultural center and marketplace mad in the image of traditional Russian architecture and fairytale depictions of Old Russia. 

  • Danube River

    The Danube is Europe's second longest river, after the Volga. It is located in Central and Eastern Europe, flowing through 10 countries.

  • Grand Theatre, Warsaw, Poland

    The Grand Theatre was originally inaugurated in 1833, after eight years of construction led by architect Antonio Corazzi.

  • Baikal Lake, Russia

    Lake Baikal is the world’s oldest and deepest freshwater lake, situated in the mountainous region of Siberia north of the Mongolian border. It trails for nearly 400 miles and its average depth is 744.4m (2,442 ft), while its maximum depth is 1,741m (5,712 ft).

  • Faculty Profile: Julia Verkholantsev

    Associate Professor and Undergraduate Chair 
    Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Slavic Languages and Literatures
    M.A. Hebrew University of Jerusalem, (Indo-European) Linguistics

  • Faculty Profile: Kevin Platt

    Kevin M. F. Platt is Professor of Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Platt received his B.A. from Amherst College (1989) and his Ph.D.

  • Faculty Profile: Maria Alley

    Dr. Maria Alley is the Language Program Coordinator at the Department of Russian and East European Studies. She was born and raised in Ukhta, a small town in the Komi Republic in Northern Russia.. Maria received her Ph.D. in Slavic Linguistics from Ohio State University in 2011.

  • Faculty Profile: Molly Peeney

    Dr. Peeney earned her Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010. Her dissertation analyzes Vladimir Nabokov’s Russian novels as polemical responses to Soviet literary trends of the twenties and thirties.

  • Faculty Profile: Maria Bourlatskaya

    MARIA BOURLATSKAYA has been with the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures since 1992.

  • Faculty Profile: Mila Nazyrova

    Mila Nazyrova has been teaching Russian language and culture courses since 2001. She teaches a broad variety of Russian language courses as well as courses for heritage speakers and intensive language courses.

  • Krujë, Albania

    A beautiful stormy landscape of Krujë, Albania
    Photography by Graham Pritchard

  • A Soviet Era Mosaic Mural, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

    A beautiful, Soviet-era mosaic in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
    Photography: Graham Pritchard

  • Tian Shan Mountains, Kyrgyzstan

    Tian Shan Mountains, Kyrgyzstan
    Photography: Graham Pritchard

  • Tatlin's Tower

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  • The Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque

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  • Buzludzha Monument

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  • Saint Basil's Cathedral, Moscow, Russia

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