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Easter in art

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Orthodox Taxi, Moscow

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A Gang of Baboons

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Multistorey apartments in Nahodka

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Bye-bye, Sochi!

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Maslenitsa!

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Olympic Games

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History of Russia. Photos of Soviet Sochi. See more.

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Sochi 100 years ago by Prokudin-Gorsky. See more»>

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Old Sochi, now to host Winter Olympic Games.

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Buddha Cliffside | Bamiyan by Hadi Zaher on Flickr.



The Buddhas of Bamiyan were two 6th century monumental statues of standing buddha carved into the side of a cliff in the Bamiyan valley in the Hazarajat region of central Afghanistan, 230 km northwest of Kabul at an altitude of 2,500 meters. Built in 507 AD (smaller), and 554 AD, (larger) the statues represented the classic blended style of Gandhara art. They were dynamited and destroyed in March 2001 by the Taliban, on orders from leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, after the Taliban government declared that they were un-islamic.

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90 years ago Vladimir Ilyich Lenin died in Gorki

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Chichester Cathedral by Wenceslas Hollar

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Pre-Revolutionary Dagomys on Flickr.

Dagomys, now a part of Sochi. Pre-1917 postcard

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