What looks like a giant mythical bird is actually The Poyushchiye Fontany in the Olympic Park in Sochi. It is also known as “The Singing Fountain'', which springs to life at a set time when the Russian folklore plays and bewitches her visitors with lights, glare, dancing water and jets that spill water up to 70 meters (229 feet) high. It was built especially for the Olympic Games held in 2014 and has continued to mesmerize its spectators.
The Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel is Sochi's main Orthodox church and an architectural landmark. It was built in the 19th century and closed its doors in 1931 to become a warehouse (a fate typical of many Russian churches in the Stalin era). In 1944, the cathedral reopened its doors, and after the fall of the Soviet Union it was reconstructed.