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Places of interests in St. Petersburg

The cultural capital of Russia, north of Venice or the child of Peter are the famous references to St. Petersburg.

Few cities in the world can boast of so many attractions, the museum's collections, opera and drama theatres, mansions and palaces, parks and monuments.

Along with Paris, Rome and Venice St. Petersburg is included in the UNESCO list as a city in which the entire historic centre was taken under patronage. Among other things, there are 42 churches denominations, including the amazing mosque with porcelain dome, Europe's only Buddhist monastery and one of the most beautiful chapels of Maltese Order.

The city has such a huge amount of outstanding architectural masterpieces of different styles. This primarily are Winter, Marble, Stroganov, Menshikov, Anichkov, Sheremetyev and Suvorov palaces and Mikhailovsky Castle.

Also in the urban landscape one can find the architectural ensembles and complexes of buildings as Peter and Paul Fortress, the Admiralty and the "New Holland".

The Singer House on the Griboyedov Canal (here is the famous shop "House of Books"), the building of the department store "Passage" on the Nevsky Prospekt and Gostiny Dvor in front of him are the other most famous buildings.

The city cathedrals and churches are no less beautiful. Three key known to everyone are

St. Isaac's Cathedral, which is the second tallest Orthodox church in the world,

the Kazan Cathedral with a magnificent colonnade

the bright “Savior on Spilled Blood” (officially - Cathedral of the Ascension of Christ), reminiscent of Moscow's St. Basil's Cathedral

Other cathedrals of St. Petersburg are the white turquoise “Smolny”

also symmetrically impressive “Trinity-Izmailovsky”, slim “Vladimir”, discreet “Spaso-Preobrazhensky” and white “Prince Vladimir”.

It is also worth considering the complex of the Alexander Nevsky Monastery, the majestic Church of the Assumption on Vasilevsky Island and St. John Monastery on Karpovka embankment.

Saint Petersburg Mosque, built in the early 20th century, is the largest in the country after Makhachkala. It claims to be the most beautiful: the dome, the top of the minaret and the main portal are decorated with stunning mosaics in blue tones.

Almost simultaneously, with a mosque construction of a large Buddhist temple - Datsan began in the city. It is the most northerly in the world Buddhist temple after the Yakut datsan and very interesting from an architectural point of view.

Peter and Paul Fortress, grounded by Peter I, is a favourite place for walking among the visitors and residents.

You can visit the cathedral and the prison, to walk on the bastions, and climb the bell tower, walk along the famous Mint factory and see the amazing monument to its creator.

Also interesting exhibitions for visitors of all ages take place periodically inside the fortress.

The main attraction of "Peter and Paul" is the Peter and Paul Cathedral which is the burial place of the Romanov dynasty.

In 1725 Peter I - the founder of St. Petersburg had forever rested in an uncompleted cathedral. The angel crowning the bell tower of the Cathedral has long been a symbol of the city.

Church of the Savior on Blood - The Cathedral of the Resurrection on the Blood.

The church was built on the very spot where the Tsar Alexander II had been mortally wounded in 1881 in a terrorist attack. There comes the name from It went its name.

Externally the church is similar to St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, but, of course, has its own peculiarities. On the outer walls of the church you can see 20 commemorative plaques with descriptions of the most important events during the reign of Alexander II. Windows are decorated in a corbel, and 9 chapters have enamel and are gold plated. The most parts of the interior are made of mosaics and display works of the evangelical themes.

A must to visit places are considered Hermitage, Russian Museum, St. Isaac's Cathedral, expositions in the Paul Fortress and St. Michael's Castle, as well as artillery and Naval Museums. Among the modern exhibition spaces worth mentioning are Loft Project "Floors", the museum "Erarta" and art-center "Pushkinskaya 10".

Hermitage is a museum complex, which consists of five buildings, the main one being the famous Winter Palace.

Wishing to get around the entire museum, from beginning to end, one will have to overcome about 20 kilometres and visit 350 rooms.

To this day, the Hermitage has about 3 million items, covering the period from the Stone Age to the present day.

In addition to the world-famous paintings, one can see examples of medieval armour and weapons, jewellery of great beauty, gold objects found during archaeological excavations and much more.

Nevsky Prospect is the hallmark of St. Petersburg, like the Champs Elysees in France.

The overcrowded avenue can literally plunge into shock in the first minutes, because every day up to 2 million people walk along it! Its length is about 5 km.

Traveling on foot along Nevsky Prospekt, you can see many interesting attractions: the Kazan Bridge, the Book House, the Kazan Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on Blood, the Gostiny Dvor, the department store "Passage" and many others.

Shopping enthusiasts will appreciate the wonderful boutiques, just drumming up to make a purchase.

In its grandeur Peterhof had to surpass Versailles - it is so Peter I wanted to see it.

As a result, today one can observe 144 most beautiful fountains, three stage fountain, several parks with absolutely stunning landscaping and of course, luxury palaces.

The most prominent structure is the Peterhof Palace, popularly referred to as the Peterhof. Built in the baroque style, it has 30 rooms. The decoration of the palace are the gilded walls, painted ceilings, surfaces, stucco marble, as well as the floor, covered with inlaid parquet.

In Pushkin at Tsarskoye Selo, everything is literally saturated in an atmosphere of inspiration and creativity.

Beautiful parks and gardens, magnificent buildings and monuments attract not only fans of history, but also tourists. So, 9 of 10 visitors try to visit the Pushkin. Their interest is completely justified, because the Tsarskoye Selo for more than two centuries had been the summer residence of the Russian monarchs.

The pearl of Pushkin village is well considered to be the Catherine Palace.

This splendid architectural masterpiece, which is built in the baroque style, combining colours of sky blue, white and gold, like jewellery, strikes with its magnificence.

These are only a fraction of those miracles that can be seen in St. Petersburg. Visit this amazing city, and you may have formed your own list of favourite dozen or even a hundred places to enjoy. You will wonder at the combination of antiquity and modernity, nature and architecture. And, of course, you will breath an unforgettable salty air from the Neva River.

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