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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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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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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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Palace Embankment, 32, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
Built in the mid-18th century by Peter the Great's daughter Empress Elizabeth, the Winter Palace was the principal residence of Russia's czars. It has also been the home of the Hermitage collection since 1764. From an initial purchase by Catherine...
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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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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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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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Palace Square, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 198324
Vast Palace Square has long been the heart of both St. Petersburg and the entire Russian empire. The Winter Palace was once the home of the country’s czars and today houses the Hermitage Museum. Facing it is the crescent of the General Staff...
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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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Южная дор., 11, Санкт-Петербург, г. Санкт-Петербург, Russia, 197110
On the edge of a park overlooking the Gulf of Finland, Russian Fishing means what it says—you go fishing for your dinner. However rustic it sounds, the expert staff cooks your catch and serves it in their cozy wood-lined restaurant or on the...
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Kazanskaya Ulitsa, 3А, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191186
The menu for Terrassa offers a multitude of great dishes—American, Italian, French and Asian cuisine and French desserts—but the restaurant's most distinctive feature is its location at the top of the city center’s tallest building. Kazan...