Russian Girl w/ Kokoshnik: A traditional piece of female headware dating back to the 17th century. It is most closely tied to matrimony; married women were forbidden to show their hair in public, w/ the Kokoshnik it could be plaited and tucked under, out of view. Banned by Peter the great for the social elite, it was brought back by Catherine the Great, & has remained a patriotic symbol since, & is often seen at weddings. Character
The Church of the Transfiguration of Our Saviour, Russia~This 32-domed Transfiguration Church, built in 1714, is a most popular destination for religious travelers. Located on the island of Kizhi (which has 83 wooden structures dating back to the 16th century ~ and all built without nails) which is now one of the largest open air museums in Russia. In 1991 the whole area of Kizhi was added to the World Cultural inheritance of the UNESCO.