As far as fascinating cities go, St. Petersburg is up there as one of best in the world. There is a blend of culture, shopping art, history and architecture as well as amazing food. Hop between museums and palaces, take a leisurely stroll around the quieter areas and explore every corner of this amazing city. St Petersburg is Russia’s second largest city behind Moscow, with around 5 million people. The city was founded by Tsar Peter the Great at the start of the 1700’s. The River Neva runs through the heart of the city leading into the Gulf of Finland. Many of the city’s buildings of baroque and neo-classical styling dating back to the 18th and 19th century.
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
Considered to be one of the most iconic sights in St. Petersburg, the Church of Savior on Spilled Blood is less than 100 years old and it is positioned on the spot where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated in 1881. The construction was started by Alexander III as a way of paying tribute to his late father. As one of the many churches in Russia, this is now a museum and after the Soviet government closed it, it was never reconsecrated. Head inside and take in the wondrous beauty and amazing mosaics.
Built by Tsar Peter to outshine Versaille, Peterhof Palace consists of stunning gardens, designed by his architects and they deliver a magnificent place to explore. Peterhof attracts millions of tourists every year and the grand cascade is one of the many reasons why. It is a striking palace that can be found just outside of the city centre but to get there is all part of the fun as you will have to take a hydrofoil speed boat. Once you are there, you can take this magnificent place in and view the must-see Bath House Palace of the tsars.
Peter and Paul Fortress
This is the exact spot where St. Petersburg was founded and the Peter and Paul Fortress is a might construction that marvels all who see it. This is where Tsar Peter built a small wooden hut in 1703 AD and watched the fortress grow from the ground up. At 122.5 meters tall, the bell tower of the cathedral is the tallest building in the city and below lie the sarcophagi of the Russian Tsars. During the Russian revolution, the Peter and Paul fortress played a significant role and was also used as a prison later on. A tour of the walls is a must even if it does cost an extra fee but this is where you can view the stunning river Newa and the Winter Palace on the other side.
Opened in 2013, the Faberge Museum has a relatively short history, this privately owned museum is a sight to behold. This is where you can view as many as 9 of the Imperial Easter Eggs as well as 4,000 exhibits from Faberge as well as the golden age of jewellery. Tickets will need to be booked in advance but this is a trip that is well worth making.
It might surprise you to learn that St. Petersburg also has a number of water canals of which more than 800 bridges cross over them. They are artificial canals but they equate to over 300km in length and they formed a crucial transport system that served the city. While the canal ways are slightly quieter these days, a canal tour is worthwhile as it will enable you to explore the city from a different angle.
Head outside of St. Petersburg to visit the grand Catherine Palace of which many consider to be the most impressive of them all in St. Petersburg. The palace consists of vast gardens but the highlight is the amber room. The original room was lost during the Second World War but Russian artisans have created a replica for all to see. This is an outstanding place to visit and one that will not disappoint.
This 4.5km ling royal avenue can be found at the heart of St. Petersburg but here you can find churches, shops, palaces and more that line this impressive street and so, this is well worth a visit. Even if you have no plans to shop, just a stroll around this area will leave you amazed because it contains some of the most breathtaking buildings in St. Petersburg and so, this is a place that you will not want to miss.
Russian cruiser Aurora
During the February and October Revolution, the majestic Aurora played a significant role but now it is a permanent museum that is moored in St, Petersburg. It has undergone some extensive renovation work but now it is a great place to explore the naval history of the country.
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