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Russia's summer capital

In 2007 when it won the bid to host the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sochi was famous as the country’s Summer Capital, attracting over 4 million visitors every season. Today? This beautiful seaside resort is a year-round destination. And there’s plenty to add to your Sochi guide, from tours to see Stalinist period Empire Style buildings and monuments, to visits to the fortress; from strolling in the local parks, to learning more about the area in one of Sochi’s museums; and so on. Being a tourist destination, Sochi loves to party, and you will find plenty of things to entertain you. International-standard cuisine completes the experience.

Loo temple

Loo Temple

Loo Temple

Famous A Byzantium ruin

A Byzantium ruin Editors' Note

The Loo Temple (Лооский храм) is another old Byzantine site, and like the nearby Golik Fortress it’s in a pretty poor state of repair. Officials have talked about restoration work in the past, but up until now nothing has come of it.

Despite its poor condition, Loo Temple (sometimes called Loosky Temple) is well worth exploring if one is at all interested in exploring old ruins. It’s a bit of a trek however, as the temple is located on a hilltop overlooking the sea one-and-a-half kilometers away. Loo Temple was built sometime between 1000-1200AD, underwent renovations in 1400, and was later converted into a fortress around 1600.

Loo Temple
Лооский храм, Sochi