St Petersburg Russia
An Imperial City

St Petersburg Russia is the second largest city of Russia, located on the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of the Neva River. It was founded by Czar Peter the Great in 1703 and became the Capital of Russia. In 1914 its name was changed to Petrograd, later in 1924 to Leningrad and back to St Petersburg after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Often described as the most European city of Russia, it is indeed a major European cultural center and the most important Russian port on the Baltic Sea.

World renowned Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg

World renowned Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg

The Hermitage Museum

This is considered the number one attraction of this city. It was founded by Catherine the Great in 1764 and houses nearly three million pieces of art in several buildings.

This is an encounter with classic western artists as well as artists from the East. You may spend hours enjoying Spanish, Italian and Dutch masterpieces.

Visit the Raphael Logia, a copy of the Vatican Galleries; visit the War Gallery with a collection of portraits of Russian military leaders who defeated Napoleon in the war of 1812.

Peter and Paul Fortress in St Petersburg Russia

Peter and Paul Fortress in St Petersburg Russia

Peter and Paul Fortress

This is an important historic site in St Petersburg. One is the Prison Museum and the Peter and Paul Cathedral.

With the purchase of a ticket you may enjoy most of the complex and its attractions.

Being the oldest structure in St Petersburg, it was founded by Peter the Great in 1703 on an island in the Neva River.

The Trubetskoy Bastion Prison was the “home” of political prisoners like Maxim Gorky, Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Leon Trotsky. 

It is the burial place of most Russian Czars since Peter the Great.

St Isaac’s Cathedral

With its golden dome it is one of the tallest Orthodox Churches in the world. By simply climbing to the top you get an amazing view of the city.

The huge bronze doors give you access to a richly decorated interior with colorful frescoes and the abundance of gold and gold statues.

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Catherine Palace a symbol of luxury in Russia

Catherine Palace a symbol of luxury in Russia

Catherine Palace

It is also known as the Summer Palace is an immense complex of gardens, parks, guest houses and the blue and gold palace itself.

The first impression is of awe of how the royalty lived in Russia in those times. Every corner is a sample of luxury.

It is very crowded during peak season, but very recommended.

The Grand Palace and Grand Cascade in Peterhof

The Grand Palace and Grand Cascade in Peterhof


This is considered a day trip from the city. This is another example of luxury, located 29 Km west of St Petersburg.

It features the Grand palace, the Grand Cascade, a series of more than 140 fountains and canals cascading behind the palace.

The grounds are well manicured including gazebos, forests, fountains and a few smaller palaces.

Kizhi Island

A visit to the island is a treat. Here the houses are built with wood and no nails fitting together one with another.

The most important here is the 17th century Church of the Transfiguration with onion domes of Russian style.

Yusupov Palace

It is probably best known as the site of mystic Grigori Rasputin’s murder in 1916, members of the imperial family killed Rasputin.

Nevsky Prospekt

This famous boulevard is the heart of St Petersburg, sparks with energy all day and night. It was once the grandest boulevard in Europe.

Children’s Music Theater

Features musicals based on Russian old fairy tales. The shows are known by the elegant stage scenery and enthusiastic performers.

Mariinsky Theatre

One of the world’s most famous venues for ballet and opera, features among its performers names like Tchaikovsky and Nureyev

Vasilevskiy Island

This is the largest island in the Venice of the North, as St Petersburg is called. Located on the Neva River it offers many attractions.

Interior of the Russian Museum in St Petersburg

Interior of the Russian Museum in St Petersburg

The Russian Museum

Founded by Peter the Great it is called “Windows to the West” and holds one of the largest collections of Russian art in the world.

View pieces of art from all ages, the Byzantine style icons to the Socialist Realism of Stalin’s era.

Church of Our Savior on the Spilt Blood

The exterior is gorgeous, but the interior will take you aback; it’s covered with mosaics depicting paintings of famous Russian artists.

For more information visit Russia Tourism Website

The Bronze Horseman Statue in St Petersburg Russia

The Bronze Horseman Statue in St Petersburg Russia

The Bronze Horseman Statue

The Bronze Horseman is placed upon the "Thunder Stone," which was dragged from far away and shaped to form the base of this memorial.

Lazarus and Tikhvin Cemeteries

Where some of Russia's most famous artists, composers, and writers are buried. The memorials are beautiful and sometimes bizarre, so bring your camera.

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