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Sightseeing in Saint Petersburg - what to see. Complete travel guide

White Nights, drawbridges, many attractions, unique museums, and its special culture – you will find all these and more in the northern capital of Russia - Saint Petersburg. The city is often called "Venice of the North" for countless works of art beautiful, magnificent parks, gardens and monuments.
Discovering the architecture of Saint Petersburg from bird's eye view! Church of the Savior on Blood, Catherine Palace, Peter and Paul Cathedral, Saint Michael Castle, Alexander Palace, Kunstkamera, all those monuments are defining the image of Saint Petersburg … Open
The most important tourist attractions include the Admiralty - the famous shipyard, the spire of which is visible from all parts of no less spectacular Nevsky Prospekt. The length of this street estimates 4.5 km. The State Hermitage Museum is a very important place in the cultural capital of the country. This is also the second largest museum around the world in terms of the number of exhibits. Here you will find more than 3 million items, which are located in four hundred rooms. Russian Museum, which exhibits more than 400 thousand items, is no less grandiose. It covers all periods and genres of Russian fine art. In general there are more than 170 museums in Saint Petersburg. St. Isaac's Cathedral is another unique facility. The columns, on which the church is built, go 6.5 meters down into the ground. The cathedral rises up to more than 100 meters. The Fortress of Peter and Paul is another important object of the historical part of Saint Petersburg. The city's history starts from this building. Don’t forget to visit Cabinet of Curiosities - the first museum of the city.
The cultural life of the city has always been on the rise. Sixteen famous theaters are the best evidence of this. Among them are such well-known theaters as the Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Mariinsky Theatre, Bolshoi Drama Theater, Mussorgsky Theater, and more. Saint Petersburg is the capital of culture, and life never stops here. You will need more than one week to see at least a tenth of the city’s heritage. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Saint Isaac Cathedral, Winter Palace, Kazan Cathedral, Alexandrinsky Theatre, Smolny Cathedral, Trinity Cathedral, as well as many others, they all become the world's cultural heritage objects and remain as iconic monuments for Saint Petersburg … Open
Peterhof Palace is the best recognizable architectural landmark. The chic imperial residence was laid out in the early 18th century on the orders of Peter the Great. During the Second World War, this luxurious architectural ensemble was destroyed almost completely. However, it was restored in the shortest possible time. Today, its visitors admire the chic palaces, fountains and sculptural compositions. In summer, the territory of Peterhof is decorated with fabulous landscape compositions.
An interesting landmark is the Peter I Lodge built in the 18th century. It became the first residential building on the territory of the new city. It was here that the Russian emperor lived during the foundation of St. Petersburg. According to one of the legends, the house for the emperor was built by skilled carpenters in just three days. In 1930, a fascinating museum was opened in this miniature building. Among its exhibits are personal belongings of the emperor.
Saint Petersburg impresses its visitors with a vast choice of gastronomy establishments being of great attraction for tourists. Many restaurants and city cafes features centuries-long … Open
The most beautiful historical building houses the State Russian Museum, whose opening took place in the 19th century during the reign of Nicholas II. It presents a rich collection of unique art exhibits. Some of them have been presented to the museum by families of local aristocrats. Everyone who admires the works of Aivazovsky, Bryullov, and Repin, as well as other outstanding Russian artists of the 18th and 19th centuries, can be interested in visiting the museum.
Kazan Cathedral is considered to be the main Orthodox church in St. Petersburg. It keeps a unique religious relic - an ancient icon of the Kazan Mother of God. The building of the cathedral is an outstanding monument in Empire style. It looks more like a magnificent palace rather than a church. The huge cathedral with a green dome has a chic interior design. Its icons and murals have been written by the best artists.
The city of Saint Petersburg has been for many years the most in demand tourist destination of global scale. The Capital of Culture of the country attracts foreign guests with plenty of … Open
The Smolny Monastery has an interesting history, as well. It represents a huge architectural value. The elegant white building of the monastery was constructed according to the project of B.Rastrelli. They started construction in the 18th century and had been continuing for 87 years. The cathedral located on the territory of the monastery was one of the richest in the city at the time of its opening. However, in the Soviet period, it lost all its values. For a long time, the monastery was in desolation. Nowadays, a concert hall operates within its walls.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Saint Petersburg and surroundings

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Map of all shopping areas
Shopping streets in Saint Petersburg
♥   Shopping area ' Garden Street' Saint Petersburg, 3.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Liteyny Prospekt' Saint Petersburg, 3.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Saint Petersburg
♥   Castle 'Saint Michael’s Castle' , 2.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Peter and Paul Fortress' , 4.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Kronstadt Fortress' , 32.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Oreshek Fortress' , 38.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Saint Petersburg and around
♥   Art museum 'Russian Museum' St. Petersburg, 2.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Hermitage' St. Petersburg, 3.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Saint Petersburg from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Peterhof

From the series “The most spectacular fountains in the world”
The fountain 'Neptune' is one of the most impressive. The fountain 'sun' seems incredibly futuristic and quite untypical for the culture of the past centuries. In Peterhof there are also the rather original fountains, as well as the 'umbrella'. In addition to the fountain are the nice benches, which the experienced tourists do not sit. As soon as you sit down on the bench, several hitherto hidden rays of the fountain swing up beside her. To explore all the secrets of Peterhof's fountains, you need some exciting days. … Read further

Leader Tower

From the series “Breathtaking high-altitude observation points with panoramic views on cities”
A lot of people come to admire this breathtaking spectacle. After dark, a special atmosphere reigns at the observation platform. The site is open until late at night, so Leader Tower will be an excellent option for those who want to admire the panorama of the city at night. People who have long dreamed of organizing a special dinner in a romantic setting or a magnificent celebration, will enjoy the restaurant complex on the top floor, where you can literally choose a place for anyone. … Read further

Freud Dream Museum

From the series “Strange, weird and unusual museums amusing its visitors”
In the museum there is a film hall where often the exciting documentary films are running. In the lecture hall the interesting cultural events take place every week. Every year, about 10,000 people visit the museum devoted to dreaming. The people who find this topic extremely interesting can visit the library next to the museum, which presents a large selection of the thematic books, including the legendary work Freud. Recently, the contemporary art gallery, as well as the cozy café, was opened on the ground floor of the historical building, where you can relax after the exciting excursion. … Read further
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