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  • 1 Summer Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    RUS - Sankt-Peterburg

    Peter the Great lived simply, far from the splendour of the imperial palaces and aristocratic homes. His Summer Palace, where he withdrew with his family during fine weather, is proof. It is composed of a dozen very simply decorated rooms, which are ..

  • 2 Stieglitz Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Solianoï per. 13 RUS - Sankt-Peterburg

    Established in a wonderfully eclectic building (1896), the Museum of Decorative and Applied Arts exhibits part of the superb decorative art collections of Baron Stieglitz, industrialist and art patron. The stunning interior is depicted by a subtle bl..

  • 3 Akhmatova Apartment-Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Liteïny pr. RUS - Sankt-Peterburg

    "As it turns out I have spent nearly all my life under the roof of the fountain palace; I entered it poor and I'm leaving it poor..." Thus the poet Anna Akhamatova spoke about the Sheremetev Palace where she lived from 1924 to 1952, receivi..

  • 4 Admiralty Quarter Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    RUS - Sankt-Peterburg

    Dominated by the spire of the Admiralty building, this district is ideal for a pleasant walk. You will be delighted by its streets lined with palaces. Head for the columns of St Isaac's Cathedral, which command a wonderful view of the capital of the ..

  • 5 Decembrists Square Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    RUS - Sankt-Peterburg

    In 1763 the Senate was transferred to the "Twelve Colleges" on the other side of the river, in one of the buildings lining the square that took its name. With its wide opening onto the Neva, it commands a superb view of Vasilievsky Island. ..

  • 6 St. Isaac's Square Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    RUS - Sankt-Peterburg

    St. Isaac's Square, dominated by the cathedral of the same name, is surrounded by buildings from a variety of periods and of different architectural styles. Note Miatlev House, at N° 9, the oldest house on the square, where Denis Diderot stayed, and ..

  • 7 St. Isaac's Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Isaakievskaïa Pl. RUS - Sankt-Peterburg

    Designed after plans by architect Auguste de Montferrand, St Isaac's Cathedral and its spectacular dimensions were built between 1818 and 1858 by some 400 000 workers! Everything here is outsized. It is supported by 24 000 piles and contains 350 stat..

  • 8 Yusupov Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Nab. reki Moïki 94 RUS - Sankt-Peterburg

    The splendour of this palace is on a par with its illustrious owner, Nikolai Yusoupov, a great art collector who bought it in 1830. The dazzling ceremonial rooms boast walls covered in silk and ceilings painted with mythological scenes. The prince's ..

  • 9 St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Nikolskaïa Pl. 1/3 RUS - Sankt-Peterburg

    Like many Russian cathedrals, St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral has two churches: a lower part for everyday services and an upper part for festive events and weekend masses. The latter has an opulent décor in the Baroque style that was in vogue in the mid..

  • 10 Mariinsky Theatre Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Teatralnaïa pl. RUS - Sankt-Peterburg 190000

    Vaslav Nijinsky, Rudolf Nureyev, Feodor Chaliapin, Marius Petipa and all the great ballet and opera stars performed at the Mariinsky (1859), famous for its breath-takingly beautiful decor (mouldings, soft velvet seats and a stage curtain painted by A..

  • 11 Vasilievsky Island Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    RUS - Sankt-Peterburg

    Vasilievsky Island is mainly known for the "Strelka", its eastern tip affording a magnificent view of the palaces on the left bank and Peter and Paul Fortress. It attracts strollers and visitors from all over the world who come to admire th..

  • 12 The Strelka Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Strelka RUS - Sankt-Peterburg

    The eastern tip of Vasilievsky Island is formed by the Strelka ("arrow"), affording one of the finest views of the city. The river is exceptionally wide here before separating into two branches, the Greater and Smaller Neva. This is where t..

  • 13 University Quay Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    RUS - Sankt-Peterburg

    University Quay, connecting Stock Exchange Square and Lieutenant Schmidt Bridge, is a great place for a stroll, affording superb views of the Admiralty, the English Quay and St. Isaac's Cathedral. It is lined with splendid 18C buildings boasting yell..

  • 14 St. Petersburg Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography - Kunstkamera Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Ouniversitetskaïa nab. 3 RUS - Sankt-Peterburg

    The museum, housed in a handsome blue and white edifice built between 1718 and 1734 by Georg Mattarnovi, dominates the University embankment. The collection of "monsters and rarities" (deformed foetuses, Siamese twins, giant's skeleton) tha..

  • 15 Menshikov Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ouniversitetskaïa nab. 15 RUS - Sankt-Peterburg

    This ostentatiously lavish home is on a par with its illustrious owner, Menshikov, a friend of the tsar, top army general and first governor of St. Petersburg, who received foreign ambassadors here. It is now part of the Hermitage and houses a fine c..

  • 16 Petrogradskaya Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    RUS - Sankt-Peterburg

    Located just next to Peter and Paul Fortress, the Petrogradskaya Quarter boasts a multitude of cafés, restaurants and shops. Kamennoostrovsky Avenue, which runs through the site, is a constant delight with its elegant squares, pretty gardens and impo..

  • 17 Peter and Paul Fortress: "Panorama of the Neva" Ramparts Walkway Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    RUS - Sankt-Peterburg

    From the Tsar's bastion to the Naryshkin bastion along the Neva curtain wall, passageways have been laid out affording a superb view of the city and the fortress. The walkway is guided by a recording in Russian recounting the history of the palaces l..

  • 18 Kirov Apartment-Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Kamennoostrovski Pr. 26-28 RUS - Sankt-Peterburg

    Was Stalin irked by the popularity of Sergei Kirov, a top official in the party and member of the Politburo? Some think he ordered his assassination on 1st December 1934 at the Smolny Institute, an assassination that marked the beginning of the Stali..

  • 19 Alexander Nevsky Lavra Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Nevski Pr. RUS - Sankt-Peterburg

    This monastery, given the highest title in Orthodox monasticism of lavra, was a tribute by Peter the Great to Prince Alexander Nevsky, who defeated the Swedes on this spot in 1240. The magnificent ensemble, begun in 1710 but completed well after the ..

  • 20 Alexander Nevsky Lavra: St. Lazarus and Tikhvin Cemeteries Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Nevski Pr. RUS - Sankt-Peterburg

    The St. Lazarus and Tikhvin Cemeteries, a pantheon of Russian celebrities, are the resting place of the great aristocratic families, famous men such as Mikhail Lomonosov and Carlo Rossi, and "masters" (Dostoevsky, Tchaikovsky and Petipa). S..

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