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What is Russian TROIKA? 5 most amazing facts

Basically, a Troika consists of three horses, carrying one sleigh or carriage. Spiritually, it used to be a very authentic and important part of Russian culture. Although nowadays it exists only in its touristic version with no practical meaning, it is really worth looking at for better understanding of Russian traditions.

  • At first, a troika was used for postal and courier services, so they were extremely fast. An average speed of it was about 45-50 kph (28-32 mph) – amazing for horses!
  • The speed of the central “core” horse is slower than the speed of the side horses. They basically carry the “core” one, which allows them not to get tired for longer time
  • All the utilities and accessories for troikas were very highly decorated, so it can be seen from long distance.
  • At its best time, troika was the main way to get correspondence between St Petersburg and Moscow.
  • A ringing bell is a symbol of troika. At first it was introduced as a way to inform the people at the station that a courier’s carriage is coming, so they can prepare new horses.
  • With the development of railroads and cars troika lost its importance. However, if you visit Russia in winter and wish to get a truly Russian feel, you can take a ride somewhere in a park. We are sure it will be poetic, romantic and totally unforgettable! Want us to arrange this for you?

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