In March of 1983, I participated in a two-week peace exchange while visiting the former Soviet Union. The trip was organized by The Collins Acadaemy in Seattle, Washington. It was the height of the Cold War, with U.S. - Soviet relations at a state of intense entente. The intent of the exchange was to foster peace through sharing understanding among students.
Having walked past the Kremlin walls, St. Basils Cathedral. Built between 1555 and 1561, on the orders of Ivan the Terrible, the cathedral commemorates the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan.
We were greeted by school children of all ages to tour their school. They were learning multiple foreign languages, and surprised us with a concert, singing John Lennon songs with guitar accompaniment.
The city developed around the fortified walls of the Trinity-St. Sergius monastery, which was founded there in 1337-40 by St. Sergius of Radonezh. A theological seminary founded in 1742 remains the principal seminary of Russia.
Before the October Revolution the Bolshoi was a part of the Imperial Theatres of the Russian Empire.
The Winter Palace on St. Basils Island, adjacent to the Baltic Sea. Czar Peter the Great heralded-in Western art and culture.
Our InTourist guides brought us to many memorials and cemeteries filled by the world wars.