Russia consists of an immense territory which stretches out to the Pacific. Crossing the country takes a mythical journey via the Trans-Siberian train up to Vladivostok passing through Moscow and Saint Petersburg. The largest metropolis of Europe, Saint Petersburg brims full of churches, convents, monasteries and a number of Orthodox Basilicas decorated with superb icons and golden domes. A veritable city within a city, the Kremlin is isolated by high red walls, and continues to fascinate the traveller crossing the Red Square to admire St Basil's Basilica. The Basilica, a UNESCO world heritage site, is one of the most impressive of Orthodox buildings which looks like it was taken right out of a fairytale. The capital of the Tsars has just celebrated its 300th birthday. It is an artistic city built on meandering canals of the Neva River, similar to Venice but on a larger scale. From a 'Nevski' perspective, the winter palace and the Hermitage Museum demonstrate Saint Petersburg's extraordinary architectural, religious and literary heritage and positions itself as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.