Saint Petersburg

About Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg is a Russian port city on the Baltic Sea. It was the imperial capital for 2 centuries, having been founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, subject of the city's iconic “Bronze Horseman” statue. It remains Russia's cultural center, with venues such as the Mariinsky Theatre hosting opera and ballet, and the State Russian Museum showcasing Russian art, from Orthodox icon paintings to Kandinsky works. The Hermitage Museum has a vast, world-famous collection of antiquities and paintings, many displayed in the gilt-trimmed baroque Winter Palace on Palace Square. Iconic churches include the Savior on Spilled Blood, a Russian Orthodox cathedral with ornate onion domes. Nevsky Prospekt is a shopping and dining strip, and its intersection with Dumskaya forms the main nightlife district. Popular activities are skating and skiing in city parks or boating urban canals and the Neva River. White Nights is a massive citywide summer festival.
Hermitage Museum

Hermitage Museum is a museum of art and culture in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The second-largest art museum in the world, it was founded in 1764 when Empress Catherine the Great acquired an impressive collection of paintings from the Berlin merchant Johann Ernst Gotzkowsky.
Peterhof Palace

Peterhof Palace is a series of palaces and gardens located in Petergof, Saint Petersburg, Russia, commissioned by Peter the Great as a direct response to the Palace of Versailles by Louis XIV of France. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will find the palaces and gardens of Peterhof, created by the order of Peter the Great and are also known as the Russian Versailles.
Winter Palace

Winter Palace was the official residence of the Russian Emperors from 1732 to 1917 with extravagant state rooms. Today, the palace and its precincts form the Hermitage Museum.
Peter and Paul Fortress

Peter and Paul Fortress is the original citadel of St. Petersburg, Russia, founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and built to Domenico Trezzini's designs from 1706 to 1740 as a star fortress. Between the first half of the 17th century and early 1920, and served as a prison for political criminals. Today, the Peter and Paul Fortress is for the most part under the auspices of the St. Petersburg Museum of History, with a number of permanent and temporary exhibitions charting the various aspects of the compound's past.
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

Saint Isaac's Cathedral or Isaakievskiy Sobor is an 1818 Russian orthodox cathedral that currently functions as a museum with occasional church services in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It is dedicated to Saint Isaac of Dalmatia, a patron saint of Peter the Great, who had been born on the feast day of that saint.
Palace Square

Palace Square, connecting Nevsky Prospekt with Palace Bridge leading to Vasilievsky Island, is the central city square of St Petersburg and of the former Russian Empire. Many significant events took place there, including the Bloody Sunday massacre and parts of the October Revolution of 1917.
Saint Michael's Castle

St. Michael's Castle also called the Mikhailovsky Castle or the Engineers' Castle, is a former royal residence in the historic center of Saint Petersburg, Russia. St. Michael's Castle was built as a residence for Emperor Paul I by architects Vincenzo Brenna and Vasily Bazhenov in 1797–1801.
Church of the Savior on Blood

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is a former Russian Orthodox church in Saint Petersburg, Russia which currently functions as a secular museum. The structure was constructed between 1883 and 1907. It is one of Saint Petersburg's major attractions.
Grand Maket Rossiya

Grand Market Rossiya is a private museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It is a model layout designed on a scale of 1:87 and covers an area of 800 m². In this area, collective images of regions of the Russian Federation are represented. It is the largest model layout in Russia and the second largest in the world.
Yelagin Palace

Yelagin Palace is a Palladian villa on Yelagin Island in Saint Petersburg, which served as a royal summer palace during the reign of Alexander I. The villa was designed for Alexander's mother, Maria Fyodorovna, by the architect Carlo Rossi.
Best Time To Visit St. Petersburg

The best time to visit St. Petersburg is from June to September when there is 24 hours of sunshine.

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