Although it is not the capital of Russia, it is its cultural core. We are referring to St. Petersburg, the second most populous city in the country, which has numerous attractions for tourists. And it is that, extending through the delta of the Nerva river, it offers nightlife, restaurants, cultural enclaves, art and splendid architectural jewels. For all these reasons, it is worth including this city in our list of possible destinations.
If we have convinced you that Saint Petersburg is a good place to make a getaway, we recommend that you do not miss anything that we tell you below, since today we are going to tell you about those places that you can not stop visiting. Of course, it has cost us a lot to make a selection, so some corners have remained in the inkwell. Therefore, we encourage you to make your own suggestions through the comments. Would you like to join us?
First of all, we want to talk about the Hermitage Museum, one of the largest art galleries in the world. Although it occupies six buildings, the most important of them all is the Winter Palace, the residence official of the ancient tsars. Its collection ranges from Roman and Greek antiquities, to paintings and sculptures from Western Europe, including Russian art, jewelry, weapons, archaeological pieces ...
There are many religious buildings worth visiting in Saint Petersburg. The one you can see in the image is the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, which was built where Tsar Alexander II of Russia was murdered. We also recommend a visit to the Cathedral of Saint Isaac, the Cathedral of Kazan, the Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, and the Alexander Nevsky Monastery.
The Catherine Palace, which was the summer residence of the Russian tsars, could not be missing from this list. Rococo style, it is located in the city of Pushkin, 25 kilometers southeast of Saint Petersburg. A curious fact is that more than 100 kilos of gold to decorate the facade. Along with other palaces, parks and the historic city center of Pushkin, the palace is included on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
We must also speak of the Peterhof Palace, which is located on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland, also on the outskirts of Saint Petersburg. Along with its park, it is also considered a World Heritage Site by the Unesco. The most important building in the complex is the Palacio Grande, in the Rococo style, although its parks and fountains are surprising.
Fortress of Saint Peter and Saint Paul
As it could not be otherwise, we are also going to talk about the Fortress of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, which is the original citadel of Saint Petersburg. It was designed by Domenico Trezzini and contains important buildings, such as the Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. Here the tsars from Peter I the Great to Nicholas II are buried.
Another place in Saint Petersburg that is worth knowing is Nevsky Avenue, which is the main avenue of the city, in addition to being considered one of the streets with the highest history of the world.
It is also worth visiting the Saint Petersburg Metro and, especially, its oldest stations, which are stylishly decorated. Of course, the most recent ones have a more current and functional design.
Russian State Museum
If you still have time, we recommend you visit the Russian State Museum, which was known as His Majesty Alexander III's Imperial Museum until 1917. It is located in the Mikhailovsky Palace and is dedicated to artists russians.
St Petersburg, Russia Travel Guide - Must See Places (October 2022)
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