Maria's St. Petersburg, Russia
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St Petersburg, Russia
Imperialist St Petersburg. This most European of all Russian cities was built by Peter the Great in the 1700s to emphasise, well, how great he was. And in the midst of his greatness is The Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood. Built on the site...
embankment river Moyka, 9, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191186
I've fallen in love with Georgian food after eating at Rustaveli. We were introduced to this place by a local friend. We enjoyed the food so much we went back two days later! The atmosphere - relaxed, almost cafe like. The wine - they offer...
Palace Square, 2, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
Our third and final day in Russia we went to the Hermitage Museum. We got to go into the Gold Rooms, which are not open to the public and which house beautiful antiquities made of gold. We also saw the Peacock Clock, the Rafael Loggias, and...
embankment river Moyka, 94, Sankt-Peterburg, Leningrad Oblast, Russia, 190031
Our first day in St. Petersburg we toured Yusupov Palace, where Rasputin was killed. The palace was beautiful, and it even had a private theater! We were also lucky enough to see a short performance by an a capella group in the ballroom....
Theatre Square, 1, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
One of the great things to do in St. Petersburg Russia is to spend an evening enjoying the opera at the historic Mariinsky Theater. They also have ballet and musical theater but we chose Boris Godunov (without Natasha- LOL) during the White Nights...
St Petersburg, Russia
I visited St.Petersburg several times during 2010, it just turned out I was there for the celebration of Victory Day. The streets were overflowing with people, the young and the old, military and civilians, tourists and locals all together, and...
Senate Square, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
When I was in St. Petersburg, Russia, I stopped by this amazing monument dedicated to Tsar Peter the Great who founded St. Petersburg and built the wooden city in a malarial swamp. The inscription reads "From Catherine to Peter", as Catherine the...
Kutuzov embankment, 2, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191186
It's so easy to take the hydrofoil from its dock near the Hermitage museum to visit Peterhof Palace about 20 minutes north of St. Petersburg. The Grand Palace, surrounding buildings and gardens, is sometimes referred to as the "Russian...
Griboyedov channel embankment, 2Б, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191186
This is the most beautiful structure I've ever had the honor of stepping into. The Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood (or, Church of the Resurrection) is a church in St. Petersburg, Russia. Named for Alexander II, a tsar that was murdered...
Ulitsa Nekrasova, 26, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191014
So if you ever plan on travelling to Russia most likely the two places you'll be looking at are Moscow and St. Petersburg. Here's something that you won't see in Moscow. Beautiful gardens surrounding beautiful palaces. Point one for St. Petersburg...
Vyborgsky District, St Petersburg, Russia
By Nick Marmet
In a palace that dates back to 1820, the Four Seasons St. Petersburg opens this fall. Suites offer terraces that overlook St. Isaac’s Cathedral (by Auguste de Montferrand, the same architect who designed the palace). The hotel has a...
Nevsky avenue, 35, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191186
A historic department store and arcade, the Bolshoy Gostiny Dvor is a prime example of St. Petersburg’s 18th-century neoclassical design, as well as the Russian tradition of featuring a primary department store (Gostiny Dvor) in each major city....
Dumskaya Ulitsa, 4, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191011
This arcade houses a great combination of local and international shops, such as arts-and-crafts vendors and an Apple Store. But it’s the Soviet-era memorabilia that charm both locals and visitors who go looking for small busts of Lenin and...
Inzhenernaya St, 4, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191186
If you don’t know Andrei Rublev from Ilya Repin, the Russian Museum, above, (4 Inzhenernaya St.) provides a crash course in the country’s art history. For contemporary pieces, Loft Project Etagi (74 Ligovsky Prospekt) shows paintings, sculptures,...
Kazan Square, 2, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
The colonnade of Our Lady of Kazan Cathedral on Nevsky Prospect may look familiar. Constructed between 1801 and 1811, it was inspired by St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, but the arms of this colonnade encircle a small garden and fountain. The...
Nevsky prospekt, Mikhailovskaya Ulitsa, 1/7, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191186
Touted as the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the city, L’Europe is an elegant, old-world classic with a glittering Art Nouveau interior and caviar bar. But it’s also fun: Friday is Tchaikovsky Night with a ballet performance, and jazz...