Named by many as the Venice of the North, since it is built on islands of the River Neva. It is the city with the imperial palaces, impressive churches, malls, the fabled canals and arched bridges, parks and museums. The city of the Tsars, the prestigious St. Petersburg. Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great in order to become the bulwark of the West and Russia for two centuries was the capital of the Russian Empire. The impressive architecture and rich does not indicate that it is a city just 300 years.
St. Petersburg, Russia
The arts and letters were cultivated for years in St. Petersburg, which has linked its name with the lives of famous writers Dostoyevsky, Pushkin and Tolstoy, but also famous musicians Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev. To experience the splendor and romance hidden in this city start your tour with a cruise on the canals of the Neva River. The image of the city from the water will amaze you.
St. Petersburg, Neva River
Immediately after a walk in the central Nevsky Prospekt the Church of Our Lady, see the golden tower of the Admiralty, the Petropavlovsk fortress, the church of Kazan Cathedral of St. Isaac. The Cathedral Church of St. Isaac was designed and built by the French architect Auguste de Montferrand and completed in 1858. Considered one of the most beautiful churches in Europe and decor including a significant collection of Russian monumental painting of the 19th century with over 150 projects.
St Petersburg, St Isaac Cathedral
It is worth paying attention to the huge dome which is made from 100 pounds of pure gold and the stunning stained glass large occupying 28.5 sq.m. The grand decoration of the temple is completed by more than 300 statues, sculptures and reliefs of about 60 Russian artists.
If the magic of the city has not invaded another ride to Peterhof palace will charm you. Peter the Great was inspired by Versailles and wanted to construct the Russian version. The result is very impressive and the Summer Palace is today one of the most popular attractions. The palace complex includes dazzling palaces, and beautiful gardens with fountains cluster stealing impressions.
St. Petersburg, Peterhof palace
Highly impressive is the Cathedral Church on Spilled Blood, also known as the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ. It was built on the spot where oTsaros Alexander II was fatally wounded in an assassination attempt in 1881 . After the Bolshevik Revolution, the church fell into disrepair. After more than half a century of neglect, the church was restored and reopened in 1997.
Church On The Spilled Blood
If you want to know the confluent St. Petersburg, you have to wander along the wide avenue Prospekt, the most commercial and lively street. Retail shopping, numerous cafes and restaurants waiting to be explored. Taste the local cuisine and get while the daily lives of the locals.
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By Nicole P.
St. Petersburg photos: Tim Marshall, oneilpat, Arian Zwegers, Malcolm Bott, Retlaw Snellac Photography.