Souvenirs from Russia Add an Air of Old World Charm to Your Collection

Spanning nine time zones, linking Europe and Asia, the Baltic to the Pacific, Russia is the world's largest country. While many people think "nesting dolls" when the idea of a Russian souvenir comes up, this collection demonstrates that Russia has much more to offer the collector. A nation this vast inevitably has an incredible diversity of locations, which is demonstrated by the wealth of options available in this collection. The central themes of the collection are: fridge magnets, decorative plates, snowglobes and keychains. These types of souvenirs are popular not only amongst foreign visitors, but also amongst Russians themselves, which is evidenced by the fact that many of these items are written in the Cyrillic alphabet, rather than the Latin characters more familiar to Western audiences; this elegant script gives an exotic, authentic flair to already beautiful pieces.

Highlights of the Collection

St. Petersburg has long been Russia's gateway to the West and this city of elegant Neoclassical buildings and picturesque canals is captured in several souvenirs in the collection including a mug-shaped resin fridge magnet depicting a drawbridge over a canal at dusk, or another of the city's lovely St. Isaac's Cathedral. Another magnet from the city depicts the famous statue of the city's founder, Peter the Great on horseback. Snow globes, with their inherent delicateness and three-dimensional possibilities are always popular collectors' pieces and this selection includes lovely examples from the cities of Nizhny Novgorod and one of Snegurochka, the Snow Maiden who accompanies Ded Moroz (the "Russian Santa Claus") at New Years. Unlike Santa who dresses in Red, Ded Moroz and Snegurochka dress in a beautiful, chilly blue.

Russian Architecture Features Prominently in These Pieces

Fans of souvenir plates will enjoy one of the Orthodox Churches of the city of Astrakhan (near the mouth of Volga), or a particularly striking depiction of the greatest sites of Moscow - cathedrals, castles and palaces. A magnet depicting the Kostroma Trinity Cathedral is not only beautiful, but also holds the precious Black Virgin Mary of Russia icon painting which dates back to the 13th century. For those whose interest lies beyond historic churches, our souvenir plate of the most important buildings of the Old City of Yaroslavl on the Volga is a "must have." While many Western readers think of Russia as the easternmost edge of Europe, it is also a part of Islamic Central Asia and our souvenir plate from Kazan, the capital of Turkic-speaking Tatarstan shows this with its lovely mosques alongside grand churches.