The aim of this article is not to define all the features and distinguish Russian architecture to a nicety but to give a brief review over the several pivotal epochs in its development.
Undoubtedly Russian architecture originated yet in Byzantine of VII. Of course, the stylization came to Russian principalities much later - in X, with the process of the baptism of Russia. But meanwhile domestic woodworkers contributed a lot to the appearance of the architectural ensembles of XI-XV, which is reflected in wooden constructions. Unfortunately they are not extended so far but still there are ensembles intrinsic for that period (e.g. Kizhi ensemble, Malye Korely etc.).
One of the museums of the Russian wooden construction is located in Suzdal; thus you will have opportunity to enjoy architectural models since you join our trip.
The edifices and monasteries of stone of the later period – XIII-XVI tend to Byzantine stylization more, which can be easily seen in Moscow (e.g. Assumption cathedral, cathedral of Christ the Savior) or in Vladimir and Suzdal (Assumption cathedral of Virgin Mary in Suzdal kremlin, Assumption cathedral on Vladimir etc.).
One can distinguish so called Yaroslavl and Northern architecture school of the XVII, which is apart from Moscow and central region architecture. It was formed in the period of economic raise and growth on the political scene. Thus a unique and inimitable style was finally designed with intrinsic constructions of red brick decorated with glazed tiles (which were made adjacently – in Rostov). So the church of St. John the Baptist, the church Virgin Mary, Holy Epiphany cathedral are outstanding masterpieces of the XVII.
Those ensembles are included into our standard program to Yaroslavl so you can visit them all.
There is one more particular city in terms of architecture style. This is St. Petersburg. Many styles throughout several centuries, starting from very beginning of the XVIII, are twisted there. Unique masterpieces of baroque style adjoin with constructions of renaissance exterior. Those are church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Kunstcamera, Peterghoff palace etc. The lovers of northern Europe and Italy architecture will find it amazing indeed.