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Garden St, 7, Pushkin, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 196601
Day at catherine's palace
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embankment river Moyka, 43, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191186
The majestic General Staff Building, completed in the 1820s, is one of St. Petersburg’s grandest architectural monuments. A triumphal arch connects two buildings that once housed various ministries. The crescent formed by the buildings faces...
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Garden St, 7, Pushkin, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 196601
Pushkin, a charming suburb of St. Petersburg, is home to the Tsarskoe Selo estate where two of the czars’ most famous and fabulous palaces can be found. The Catherine Palace is named after Peter the Great’s wife (not his more famous...
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Fontanka river embankment, 21, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191023
Jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé’s most famous works were exquisite Easter eggs, enameled and decorated with pearls and gems. The Russian czars and St. Petersburg’s elite were fond of giving them as gifts. For decades after the Revolution, however,...
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St Isaac's Square, 4, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
St. Petersburg’s fascinating and conflicted history is evident in St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the fourth-largest cathedral in the world. Its design in 1818 by a French architect proved controversial, with a formal neoclassical plan and no onion domes...
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Nevsky avenue, 53, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191025
The grand boulevard Nevksy Prospekt is St. Petersburg’s main thoroughfare, intended by Peter the Great to be the beginning of a road linking the city to Moscow and Novgorod. It is still St. Petersburg’s principal shopping and entertainment...
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Until the 19th century, Peter the Great prohibited construction of bridges across the Neva River so as not to interfere with shipping. Temporary structures were then constructed, and the first permanent bridge, the Palace Bridge, wasn’t completed...
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It may seem surprising to suggest that cruise passengers board smaller boats to tour St. Petersburg. A boat tour is, however, one of the most memorable ways to see the city built on two rivers—the Neva and Moika—and a network of canals. A number...
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Griboyedov channel embankment, 2Б, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191186
In a city famous for its neoclassical buildings in pale yellows and whites, the Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood is a decidedly Russian church, topped with brightly painted and gilded onion domes. The church was constructed from 1883 to...
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Vosstaniya Square, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Vosstaniya Square, one of St. Petersburg’s main squares and transport hubs, lies on Nevsky Prospect. Its name translates as “uprising,” as it was the site of many demonstrations of the Russian Revolution in 1917. Most of the buildings surrounding...
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St Petersburg, Russia, 197046
This is where St. Petersburg began. After Peter the Great conquered the region from Sweden, his first priority was to build a fortress. The fortress was never used to defend the city, though it did serve as an infamous prison under the czars....
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Long known as Decembrists’ Square, in honor of the December Revolt of 1825 which took place here, Senate Square is located along a branch of the Neva River. The Admiralty and Senate sit along the square. It’s also the home of one of the iconic...
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St Petersburg, Russia, 198096
Some of St. Petersburg’s most stunning sights are deep underground. The city’s metro system dates from the 1950s, and with its ornate decoration, crystal chandeliers and extravagant use of marble, it was intended as a showpiece for the Soviets....
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embankment river Moyka, 94, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
On the banks of the Moika River, the Yusupov Palace is one of two pre–Revolutionary palaces owned by the same immensely wealthy and important family. The Yusupov Palace is perhaps most famous as the site of the murder of the "mad monk" Rasputin,...
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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...
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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...
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Ulitsa Vosstaniya, 32, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191014
Named after one of the founders' grandmothers, Stolle is a local chain of pierogi (pie) shops, but each feels like a one-of-a-kind bakery. Cozy interiors are filled with the aroma of baking pies, both sweet and savory, or hearty, as they like to...
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Nevsky avenue, 15, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191186
Taleon maintains an impeccably elegant mood. Located in a dazzling 19th-century palace, the restaurant offers Russian and international cuisine perfectly complemented by an extensive wine and brandy selection. Taleon is a more formal destination...
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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....
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Sadovaya St, 13, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191011
Founded by Peter the Great in 1703, this majestic canal city dubbed the Venice of the North was the imperial capital for 200 years and remains Russia’s artistic center. This is where Fabergé eggs were bejeweled, Russian classical ballet moves...
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Nevsky avenue, 28, Sankt-Peterburg, Ленинградская область, Russia, 191186
One of Grand Circle Cruise Line’s newest and already extremely popular itineraries takes travelers to seven countries along the briny Baltic Sea: Denmark, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Finland, and Sweden. Grand Baltic Sea Voyage spends 13...
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A restoration and the addition of a spa and two top restaurants have made this the place to live like a modern-day czar. From $322. This appeared in the October 2015 issue.