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  • 1 Peterhof: Grand Palace Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    RUS - Petergof

    Like its model Versailles, which made a huge impression on Peter the Great, the Grand Palace boasts walls decorated with fine gold, polychrome ceilings, precious wood panelling, draperies, mirrors and paintings. Elizabeth embellished it even further,..

  • 2 Peterhof: Lower Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RUS - Petergof

    The Lower Park occupies the northern part of the Peterhof estate with alleys extending all the way to the Baltic on either side of the Maritime Canal, affording an extraordinary view of the estate and the sea. Explore its pavilions (the Hermitage to ..

  • 3 Peterhof: Great Cascade Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RUS - Petergof

    Peter the Great was fascinated by Versailles. So it comes as no surprise that he hired Frenchmen to design the waterworks at the Peterhof. The most spectacular one is the Great Cascade, with 37 gilded bronze sculptures and nearly 142 water jets! In t..

  • 4 Peterhof: Fountains Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    RUS - Petergof

    Five waterfalls and no less than 150 fountains make Peterhof Park an enchanting setting. All these waterworks, connected by miles of pipes, function solely due to the differences in level! Note the Chessboard Waterfall with its winged dragons spittin..

  • 5 Tsarskoye Selo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    RUS - Puškin

    The splendour of imperial Russia, Tsarskoye Selo is in a way the domain of the empresses. Catherine I, the wife of Peter, got it all started when she had a small palace built here in 1711, which her daughter Elizabeth had transformed by Bartolomeo Ra..

  • 6 Tsarskoye Selo: Catherine Palace Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    RUS - Puškin

    The quintessentially Baroque Catherine Palace unfurls its vast sky-blue façade, supported by powerful atlantes, on a hilltop surrounded by gardens. With its lavish interior, including the dazzling Amber Room, probably the most extraordinary of all, i..

  • 7 Tsarskoye Selo: Catherine Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RUS - Puškin

    Pavilions, "follies", baths, antique statues and monuments to the glory of Russia are scattered throughout the Old Garden and the Landscaped Park on the Tsarskoye Selo estate. The former, designed in 1720, was beautified by the famous archi..

  • 8 Pavlovsk: Grand Palace Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    RUS - Pavlovsk

    The Grand Palace contains the collections that Paul Petrovich and Maria Feodorovna brought back from Europe, including French bronzes, Jacob furniture, Gobelin tapestries and Sèvres porcelain. From the ceremonial rooms to the private apartments, disc..

  • 9 Oranienbaum: Chinese Palace Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    RUS - Lomonosov

    Antonio Rinaldi devoted six years of his life to building the Chinese Palace, a Rococo gem. The Middle Kingdom is honoured here from the floor to the ceiling teeming with Chinese motifs. The particularly remarkable Bead Room shimmers with panels of g..

  • 10 Red Square Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place Rouge RUS - Moskva

    Walking on legendary Red Square is your first key step in visiting Moscow. This "Beautiful Square" - krasnaya means both "red" and "beautiful" - was built in the late 15C during the reign of Ivan III the Great. Its histo..

  • 11 General Staff Building Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Dvortsovaäa Plochtchad RUS - Sankt-Peterburg

    It was Carlo Rossi who gave Palace Square its current look when he built this grandiose edifice across from the imperial residence. The General Staff Building occupies the entire southern side of the square, its curved façade stretching out for 580m...

  • 12 GUM Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place Rouge RUS - Moskva

    GUM was the state department store. This building constructed in the late 19C, crisscrossed with passageways connecting its galleries and topped by luminous glass ceilings, is now a temple of triumphant capitalism. Over a thousand international shops..

  • 13 Kremlin Fortifications Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    RUS - Moskva

    Bordered by Red Square, the Moskova and the Alexander Gardens, the Kremlin fortifications form a triangle and extend 2 235m along their imposing brick wall, 6m thick in places and punctuated by 20 towers. The view of the whole complex from the opposi..

  • 14 Saviour Tower Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    RUS - Moskva

    Dating from 1491 and built by Solari, this is the Kremlin's main tower, through which high dignitaries and ambassadors entered the fortress. Built with double walls, Savior Tower was enlarged in 1624 with a complex crown composed of a drum(tchetverik..

  • 15 Koutafia Tower Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    RUS - Moskva

    At a distance from the surrounding walls, to which it is connected by a ramp straddling the Alexander Gardens, the delightful Koutafia Tower is now the entrance for visitors to the Kremlin. Topped since 1685 by an elegant decorative crown, this 13m-h..

  • 16 Patriarchs' Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    RUS - Moskva

    Through its collections of objects, furniture and costumes, the Patriarchs' Palace attests to the life of 17C Russian dignitaries and patriarchs. It was the Patriarch Nikon who had this building erected next to the Church of the Twelve Apostles betwe..

  • 17 Church of the Deposition of the Robe Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Place des Cathédrales RUS - Moskva

    The Deposition of the Robe, an Orthodox feast day on 15 July celebrating the transfer of the Virgin's robe from Palestine to Constantinople, lent its name to this private chapel of the patriarchs. In the exterior gallery, note the icons in bas-relief..

  • 18 Ivan the Great Bell Tower Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Place des Cathédrales RUS - Moskva

    The Ivan the Great Bell Tower, built between 1505 and 1508 by Italian Bono Friazine, is white and topped by a gilded onion dome. Tsar Boris Godunov had it raised a century later, and since then it has stood at a height of 81m, making it the highest c..

  • 19 Cathedral of the Archangel Michael Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Place des Cathédrales RUS - Moskva

    The great princes of Vladimir and Moscow were placed under the protection of St. Michael. The cathedral, a royal necropolis built between 1505 and 1508, thus bears the name of the archangel. From Ivan Kalita buried here in 1340 to Ivan V, who died in..

  • 20 Palace of Facets Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    RUS - Moskva

    The sumptuous Palace of Facets, built between 1487 and 1491 by Marco Friazine and Pietro Antonio Solari, is not open to the public (what a pity!). Its ceremonial hall occupying the entire first floor was used as a throne room for the tsars residing i..

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