The laying of the first stone of the Peter and Paul Fortress in 1703 marked the birth of St Petersburg. Over the next centuries, the fortress became the nucleus around which Russia’s northern capital took shape. Today, the Peter and Paul Fortress is one of the city’s most famous landmarks. Steeped in history, both glorious and tragic, it is a must-visit for anyone taking a trip to St Petersburg.Read more
The State Hermitage Museum is the biggest and most popular museum in Russia, and the second largest art museum in the world. What is the story behind this magnificent institution of cultural heritage, and what can you find there today?Read more
The oldest and largest monastery in St Petersburg, the Alexander Nevsky Monastery survived religious persecution in the Soviet Union and remains today a working monastery and important religious site. Admire its beautiful architecture and leafy surroundings, explore its surviving churches, and visit the graves of Russia’s greatest intellectuals and influential figures.Read more
Peterhof is a jewel of Russian architecture and landscape design which perfectly encapsulated Peter the Great’s ideals of maritime glory and a ‘window onto Europe’. With palaces and parks rivaling those of European royalty and a seafront location laying claim to the Baltic Sea, Peterhof’s magnificent ensemble is one of St Petersburg’s most famous landmarks.Read more
The Russian Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of Russian art. Its 400,000 exhibits chronicle a millennium of artistic development in Russia, from ancient icons to Realist landscapes to agitprop porcelain. For those interested in Russian art and culture, no trip to St Petersburg would be complete without visiting the Russian Museum.Read more
Located on the bank of the tranquil River Moyka, the Yusupov Palace was once the residence of the wealthiest family in Russia, the Yusupovs. But its sumptuous interiors hold dark secrets, and the palace is most famous for being the location where mystic monk Grigory Rasputin was murdered.Read more
The imperial residence of Pavlovsk is nestled in thick forest in the suburbs of St Petersburg. Its beautiful Neoclassical palace and landscape gardens with lush riverbanks and winding paths are waiting to be explored, and visitors can enjoy festivals, concerts and outdoor sports. Popular among local people and tourists in all seasons, we highly recommend a visit to Pavlovsk!Read more
Russians know the town of Pushkin, not by postcards or tour excursions, but rather by the intimate poems of its namesake—Alexander Pushkin. Thanks to Alexander I, who founded an elite school (Russian: lyceum) close to his palace, Pushkin was trained in the art of verse. Along with the workbooks and dormitory of a young Pushkin, poignant traces of the school’s other famous students like Anna Akhmatova, Mihail Glinka and Vasily Zhukovsky can be seen in its grand lecture halls and dingy dormitories.Read more
As with many of St Petersburg’s most important sites, the Central Naval Museum owes its existence to the ingenuity of Peter the Great. The acorn of the idea that was to blossom into one of the foremost nautical museums in the world first set root during the young tsar’s European tour. Seizing every opportunity to expand his exhaustive store of knowledge, the ever ambitious Peter immersed himself in the shipyards of the two most adept navies at the time, the British and Dutch— both handily under the rule of his long-time friend, the Prince of Orange. There he uncovered the technique of ship modelling which would form the basis of the Naval Museum’s collection.Read more
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