Summer 2017 - St. Petersburg
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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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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....
Yuzhnaya Doroga, 11, Sankt-Peterburg, 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...
St Petersburg, Russia, 197341
Locals call it the ‘Udelka’, and everyone refers to it as one of the largest flea markets in the world. It’s an amazing array of goods, the selection of antiques and Soviet-era collectibles can seem overwhelming, and bargaining is necessary. Go...
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