St. Petersburg Sights

Peter and Paul Fortress

A monument of military engineering and architecture, the Peter and Paul Fortress is the historical nucleus of St. Petersburg around which the construction of the city began. The 16th (27th, New Style) of May 1703, when the foundation stone was laid on Zaiachy (Hare) Island by order of Peter I, is considered the date of birth of the northern Russian capital. » Continue reading

Palace Square

Palace Square, connecting Nevsky Prospect with Palace Bridge leading to Vasilievsky Island, is the central city square of St Petersburg and of the former Russian Empire. It was the setting of many events of world-wide significance, including the Bloody Sunday (1905) and the October Revolution of 1917. » Continue reading

The Admiralty

The Admiralteyskaya shipbuilding yard was found on the left bank of the Neva River in 1704, according to Peter the First´s personal plans and drafts. Army and fighting ships were built here and the Russian fleet started in this location as well. » Continue reading

Summer Garden and Peter I’s Summer Palace

The ensemble of the Summer Gardens and Peter Is Summer Palace is a magnificent example of early 18th century Russian architecture and landscape gardening. St. Petersburg's oldest gardens were founded in 1704 in keeping with the instructions and initial design proposed by Peter I. Laid out in the formal style at his summer residence, they were adorned with numerous sculptures and fountains. » Continue reading

The Rostral Columns

The Rostral Columns are situated near the slipway into the Neva on the square in front of the Stock Exchange. They were the brain-child of Thomas de Thomon, the architect who designed the whole area around the Vasilevsky Island Spit; they symbolised the importance of St. Petersburg as a port, while at the same time serving as beacons. » Continue reading

The State Hermitage Museum

The Hermitage is one of the world's greatest art museums and Russia's largest art repository, totalling about three million exhibits.The date of its foundation is considered to be 1764, when the first consignment of 225 paintings, acquired by Catherine II in Berlin, arrived in St. Petersburg. In 1863 the Hermitage became a public museum. At present the museum occupies five buildings: the Winter Palace (1754-62, architect Bartolomeo Francesco Rastrelli), the Small Hermitage (1764-77…» Continue reading

St. Isaac’s Cathedral

St. Isaac's Cathedral, St. Petersburg's main cathedral before 1917, is an outstanding monument of Late Neoclassicism, and a museum of history and art from 1937. Its history goes back to the year 1710 when a small church dedicated to St. Isaac of Dalmatia, whose memorial day, May 30 (Old Style) coincided with Peter the Great's birthday, was erected near the Admiralty. A second St. Isaac's Church then followed, built in stone on another site. » Continue reading

Peterhof (Petrodvorets)

The world-famous "capital of fountains" or "Russian Versailles" was founded by Peter I. In 1918 the main summer residence of the Russian emperors became state property and by 1941 ten museums of art and history had been opened on its premises. During the war of 1941-45, Peterhof was razed to the ground by the Nazis. » Continue reading

The Alexander Nevsky Monastery

Founded by Peter I in July 1710, it was given the official title of "The Alexander Nevsky Monastery of the Holy Trinity" in 1797. At the turn of the century there were 16 churches in the monastery complex, of which five still survive: Holy Trinity Cathedral, the Church of the Annunciation, St. Lazarus' Church, St. Nicholas' Church and the Church of the Holy Mother of God "the Joy of all Mourners" which is over the monastery gates. » Continue reading

Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood

The church stands on the spot where a revolutionary, Grinevitsky, on March 1, 1881, killed Emperor Alexander II. The building of this temple-monument was begun in 1883, and it was consecrated in 1907. The building itself is a veritable textbook on the history of Russian architecture from the end of the 16th Century and the beginning of the 17th Century. Here you will also find the world’s largest mosaic covering (as well as mosaics created to sketches by Mikhail Nesterov and Viktor Vasnetsov) and a marble floor. The Savior on the Blood currently operates as a museum. » Continue reading

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