If you are boring of visiting the same touristic places, as a world most visited metropolis or attractive beaches this is the right time to visit something different. Saint Petersburg is a second largest city in Russia, Saint Petersburg has significant historical and cultural heritage and is thus considered a highly attractive tourist destination, so there is a lot of places you have to visit here.
Saint Petersburg is home to more than two hundred museums, many of them hosted in historic buildings. The largest of the museums is the Hermitage Museum, featuring interiors of the former imperial residence and a vast collection of art. It is also a home to numerous parks and gardens, some of the most famous of which are situated in the southern suburbs.
Did you knew that this city has more than one name ? In 1914 the name of the city was changed from Saint Petersburg to Petrograd, ten years later it was rename to Leningrad and in 1991 back to Saint Petersburg.
However, put a warm jacket, hat and umbrella in your luggage and get ready. Today we are going to take a walk to the most attractive places in St. Petersburg.
The Hermitage (Госуда́рственный Эрмита́)
One of the largest and oldest art and culture museums in the world, founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and has been open to the public since 1852. This place includes masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso and Rembrandt. Indeed, officials say it would take 11 years to examine every single exhibit. Five of the total six buildings of the main museum complex, named the Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage, New Hermitage and Hermitage Theatre are open to the public. Entrance is free of charge the first Thursday of every month for all visitors, and free daily for students and children.
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood (Церковь Спаса на Крови)
This church was built between 1883 and 1907. It was used by the Soviets to store potatoes during the Second World War siege of the city by Nazi forces, the church was finally reopened to the public in 1997. The St. Petersburg architecture is predominantly Baroque and Neoclassical, but the Savior on Blood harks back to medieval Russian architecture in the spirit of romantic nationalism.
Nevsky Prospect (Не́вский проспе́кт)
Nevsky Prospect is the main street in the city of St. Petersburg. It was planned by Peter the Great as beginning of the road to Novgorod andMoscow. The chief sights include the Rastrelliesque Stroganov Palace, the huge neoclassical Kazan Cathedral, the Art Nouveau Bookhouse, Elisseeff Emporium, half a dozen 18th-century churches, a monument to Catherine the Great, an enormous 18th-century shopping mall, a mid-19th-century department store, the Russian National Library, the Anichkov Bridge with its horse statues, and the Singer House. The majority of the city’s shopping and nightlife are located on or right off of the Nevsky Prospekt.
Children’s Music Theatre (Детский музыкальный театр)
A visit to this magical venue means having great fun and entertainment, even if your kids Russian language skills are not very good. Featuring musicals based around Russian fairy tales, the shows are renowned for their colourful stage scenery and enthusiastic performers.
The Russian Museum (Ру́сский Музе́й)
The Russian Museum is the first state museum of Russian fine arts in the country. It was established in 1895 in St Petersburg by a decree of the Emperor Nicholas II. Its grand opening for visitors occurred in 1898.This museum contains everything from priceless religious icons to works by avant-garde artists such as Kandinsky. Among other outstanding exhibits are The Last Day of Pompeii, a gigantic depiction of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius by the 19th-century artist Karl Bryullov, and Ilya Repin’s colossal The Zaporozhye Cossacks Writing a Mocking Letter to the Turkish Sultan.
Vasilevskiy Island (Васи́льевский о́стров)
The largest island in St Petersburg situated just across the river from the Winter Palace, it constitutes a large portion of the city’s historic center. Two of the most famous St. Petersburg bridges, Palace Bridge and Blagoveshchensky Bridge, connect it with the mainland to the south. The Exchange Bridge and Tuchkov Bridge across the Malaya Neva connect it with Petrogradsky Island. On this island you can find a pair of 15th-century sphinxes from Egypt on the river side and a museum of biological oddities where you can see the skeleton and heart of Peter the Great’s gigantic personal servant.
Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost)
Peter and Paul Fortress is the original citadel of St. Petersburg, Russia, founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and built to Domenico Trezzini’s designs from 1706-1740. In the early 20th century, it was still used as a prison by the tsarist government. Today it has been adapted as the central and most important part of the State Museum of Saint Petersburg History. If the weather is good, be sure to check out the riverside “beach”. The city’s so-called walruses – believers in the therapeutic effects of freezing water gather here to bathe in winter.