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Murmansk, Russia


Founded in 1916, the year before the Russian Revolution, Murmansk has grown into the largest city north of the Arctic Circle. During World War II, it was a gateway for Allied supplies into Russia, and Murmansk is still a Russian naval base. An enormous concrete war memorial overlooks the harbor. You may also see fishing vessels arriving from the Barents Sea, loaded with their fresh catch. The pristine waters of the surrounding Kola Peninsula are full of salmon, which often find their way into Murmansk's restaurants. The city's first stone building is now the Murmansk Regional Art Museum, which features local artists.