RUSSIA By jaicha smiTh

The Church of the Ascension was built in 1532 in Kolomenskoye, near Moscow, to celebrate Ivan "the Terrible". The church represents the new stage of russian cultural architecture. It's the first tented-roofed church to be built in stone. Today if you visit there you would be able to view the beautiful architecture right there in front of you.
The first czar was only three years old when he came to the throne in 1533. Ivan the 4th was called "Ivan the Terrible" because when he died he left Russia in almost total political ruin. Russian nobles called boyars fought to control Ivan at a young age. When he was 16 he seized power and became the first Russian ruler to crown himself czar.
Peter the Great had a goal of westernization, which means to use western Europe as a model fir change. He saw it as a way to make Russia stronger. Since Peter knew everyone wouldn't agree with this he increased his power to absolute ruler. As a part of westernizing Russia Peter introduced potatoes, started Russia's first newspaper, raised women status, took away the old nobles clothing and replaced them with western fashion clothes, and advanced education. Peter to an amazing extent succeed westernizing Russia.

The Curonian Spit is an unique sandy wooded cultural landscape. It is formed by the sea and if you go to Russia today you could see that wind and humans still continue to shape it. Cultural elements such as postal tracks and trade villages are still there today. The Curonian Spit reflects valuable qualities and have some of the most important historical functions on it.

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