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  • 1 St. Petersburg Museum of Decorative and Applied Arts Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Solianoï per. 13 RUS - Sankt-Peterburg

    The Museum of Decorative and Applied Arts is worth a visit both for its collections and for its interior decor, a subtle blend of Renaissance, Baroque and Medieval styles. Baron Stieglitz, who founded the Central School of Technical Design in 1876, w..

  • 2 Akhmatova Apartment-Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Liteïny Pr. 53 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..

  • 3 Admiralty Quarter Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Admiralteïski Pr. RUS - Sankt-Peterburg

    In his desire to turn Russia into a military power with a fleet worthy of its name, Peter the Great quite naturally decided to build a shipyard in his capital. In the 19C the Admiralty Quarter lost its military function (except for the Admiralty Buil..

  • 4 Decembrists Square (Plochtchad Dekabrisstov) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Plochtchad Dekabristov 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 offers a superb view of Vasilievsky Island. It ..

  • 5 St. Isaac's Square (Isaakievskaïa plochtchad) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Isaakievskaïa Plochtchad RUS - Sankt-Peterburg

    St. Isaac's Square, decorated with an equestrian statue of Nicholas I in the centre, was designed by Piotr Klodt and completely remodelled by Auguste de Montferrand, the architect of the cathedral bearing the same name. Note the Miatlev House, at n° ..

  • 6 St. Isaac's Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Isaakievskaïa Plochtchad 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..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 Mariinsky Theatre Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Teatralnaïa Plochtchad RUS - Sankt-Peterburg

    Vaslav Nijinsky, Rudolf Nureyev, Feodor Chaliapin, Marius Petipa and all the great ballet and opera stars performed in this theatre (1859) with its breathtakingly beautiful décor(mouldings, voluptuous velvet, and a stage curtain painted by Alexander ..

  • 9 Vasilievsky Island Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Birjevaïa Plochtchad 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..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 University Quay Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ouniversitetskaïa nab. 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..

  • 12 Kunstkamera Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Ouniversitetskaïa nab. 3 RUS - Sankt-Peterburg

    The Kunstkamera is housed in a fine blue and white building, built between 1718 and 1734 by Georg Mattarnovi, overlooking University Quay. In addition to the Academy of Sciences, the library and the observatory, it contained the famous "cabinet ..

  • 13 St. Petersburg Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Ouniversitetskaïa nab. 3 RUS - Sankt-Peterburg

    The collection of "monsters and rarities" (deformed foetuses, Siamese twins, giants' skeletons) that Peter the great brought back from Holland in 1717 are as disturbing as ever to visitors, even if they no longer give you a glass of vodka t..

  • 14 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. Among the thirty restored rooms, don't miss the cer..

  • 15 Petrogradskaya Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Kamennoostrovski Prosp. 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..

  • 16 Kchessinskaya Townhouse Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R. Kouïbychev 2-4 RUS - Sankt-Peterburg

    The Kchessinskaya Townhouse was built in 1914 by the Court architect A von Goguen for the prima ballerina of the Mariinsky, who was a favourite of the young Nicholas II and emigrated to Paris after the revolution. In March 1917 it was the headquarter..

  • 17 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 ..

  • 18 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 repository for the great aristocratic families - and some famous men such as Mikhail Lomonosov and Carlo Rossi - and "master artists" (Dostoevsky, Tchaikovsk..

  • 19 Alexander Nevsky Lavra: Holy Trinity Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Nevski Pr. RUS - Sankt-Peterburg

    The construction of Holy Trinity Cathedral, entrusted by Catherine II to architect Ivan Starov in 1776, completes the Alexander Nevsky Lavra. The vast building boasts fine decorations including paintings from the St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts, ..

  • 20 Smolny Complex Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    RUS - Sankt-Peterburg

    Empress Elizabeth Petrovna was never able to admire the monastery she commissioned Bartolomeo Rastrelli to build because she died before it was finished. And the architect couldn't finish it because he was dismissed by Catherine II, who disliked him!..

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