Saint Petersburg is a city in Russia. Located on the Neva River, which flows out to the Baltic Sea, it is often called “The Venice of the North”. This magnificent city of Russia charms and entices tourists from all over the world in every season.
Saint Petersburg’s main street is Nevsky Prospekt which is named so as it starts close to the River Neva. There are several monuments, palaces, churches and many restaurants, bars and cafes, so it makes a pleasant street for walking around, especially in the summer months.
Whereas Moscow has the Bolshoi Theatre, St Petersburg has the Mariinsky Theatre. The historical theatre was opened in 19th century and saw premiers of the work of Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. It is named in honour of Empress Maria Aleksandrovna, the wife of Emperor Alexander II.
There are three principal cathedrals in St Petersburg which are all located on or around Nevsky Prospekt.
One of them is the Church of the Savior on Blood – a highlight in architecture of the city’s centre, famous for its pictorial composition and multicolored decoration.
The other one is the Kazan Cathedral – the main cathedral of the city to host the Orthodox bishop of St. Petersburg. It is dedicated to the Virgin of Kazan, the most venerated icon in Russia.
And arguably the most sumptuous and magnificent churches in the city is St. Isaac’s Cathedral, an outstanding monument of late classicism. If it is a clear day, you can enjoy a spectacular view of St. Petersburg from the top of the dome.
St Petersburg has several suburbs which are also popular tourist destinations and easy to visit as part of a day trip. The most famous of them are Peterhof Palace and Catherine Palace.
Peterhof Palace, built by Emperor Peter I near the city of Saint Petersburg, is named as the new “Northern capital” of Russia and titled as of the most magnificent summer palace of the emperor. The official opening date is 1723. Peterhof Palace, which is also known as the Versailles of Russia, is the symbol of the victory of Russia in the Great Northern War and is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The Tsarskoye Selo palace and park ensemble is a superb monument of world-ranking architecture and garden-and-park design dating from the eighteenth to early twentieth centuries. The residence now forms part of the town of Pushkin. Here you can see the beautiful Catherine Palace – a splendid example of the Russian Baroque and the Alexander Palace.
The State Hermitage Museum, which is situated in the historical centre of Saint Petersburg, is one of the largest artistic and cultural and historical complexes. The Hermitage Museum has the world’s largest collection of paintings. The museum is also included in the Guinness book of records, as it has the biggest collection of paintings.
Discover this cultural and vibrant city and see the beauty of the city of St Petersburg for yourself.
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