Early Eastern Orthodox churches were mainly made of wood, while major cathedrals often featured scores of small domes.The 10th-century Church of the Tithes in Kiev was the first to be made of stone. And probably soon (how can one not believe in his own lucky star?! And quite soon an interested person from America, Canada, Britain or any other country finds out that a ukrainian girl named Elena has always dreamt about him in some russian nook. Right becomes sure that it is love sent him by God.In the times of the Soviet Union and the Russian Empire the country's share in the world's land mass reached 1/6.Most of these territories were first discovered by Russian explorers (if indigenous peoples of inhabited territories are not counted).Following the settlement of East Slavs in the Russian Plain in the middle of the 1st millennium BC, through the next thousand years, most of European Russia came into the sphere of Slavic cultural and political influence, and finally became a part of the Russian state.
At 17,075,400 square kilometres (6,592,850 sq mi), Russia is the largest country in the world, covering more than a ninth of the Earth’s land mass.
Architecture of Kievan Rus' The earliest Kievan churches were built and decorated with frescoes and mosaics by Byzantine masters.
The great churches of Kievan Rus', built after the adoption of Christianity in 988, were the first examples of monumental architecture in the East Slavic lands.
The Hall of Space Technology in the Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics, Kaluga, Russia.
The exhibition includes the models and replicas of the following Russian inventions: the first satellite, Sputnik 1 (the ball shape under the ceiling); the first spacesuits (lower-left corner); the first human spaceflight module, Vostok 1 (center); the first Molniya-type satellite (upper right corner); the first space rover, Lunokhod 1 (six-wheeled vehicle bottom-right); the first space station, Salyut 1 (left); the first modular space station, Mir (upper left).