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A starting point in the exploration of the great city of Saint Petersburg is considered to be the Palace Square being the heart of the city. The square is crowded at any time of day and night. This spot of tourist attraction is turned into established place of holding of various folk fests, parades, the greatest fairs meanwhile during winter the square is turned into a huge skating rink. In the heart of the square tourists will find the Alexander Column being one of the main symbols of the city. In close vicinity to the square tourists will discover several remarkable historical sites.
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The Alexander Column reminds local residents and city guests about a significant event in the life of the city being the victory of the Russian army over the army led by Napoleon Bonaparte. The magnificent Winter Palace is among the most beautiful architectural construction of Saint Petersburg. The same impressive building being the General Staff stands opposite to the Winter Palace on the other side of the Palace Square. Both of the scale constructions are interconnected with each other with a system of underpasses.
The Winter Palace hosts the most known museum of the country being the Hermitage. This cultural establishment is among of the top outstanding cultural establishments of the world. The museum features not only plenty of unique artifacts of Russian art and culture but a splendid breath taking decoration of the building and its inner halls. Each element of the design of the Hermitage is a genuine art masterpiece. The pride of the museum is a huge collection of works of pictorial art by prominent European artists. The collection was started by the Emperor as far back as in 1764.
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The collection of the hermitage was constantly added and by the end of the 18th century it counted about one and a half thousands of works of pictorial art. At present the collection counts dozens of thousands of showpieces. A part of the exposition of the museum is kept in the halls of the General Staff building. An architectural landmark of the same breathtaking scale and beauty is the Catherine palace. A luxurious imperial residence is embraced with a landscaped garden of ultimate beauty.
The next important destination of the city of Saint Petersburg is the Saint Isaac’s Square and the same name cathedral located near the square. Apart from the remarkable religious site the square sides with another significant landmark being the Lobanov-Rostovsky Residence and a small garden spreading around. This is a place of location of known white marble Medici Lions which are imaged on various souvenirs and memorable gifts. A trip to the State Open Air Museum Pavlovsk Palace will turn to an unforgettable adventure. In general the city of Saint Petersburg counts about three hundred museums meanwhile an exact number of historical landmarks is still unknown.
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Cityguide on OrangeSmile.com - fascinating sightseeing in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The spots and sights 'must visit' and 'must see' once you are in Saint Petersburg: temples, museums, architectural and historical monuments. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the popular places of Saint Petersburg.