It is impossible not to fall in love with the Northern capital, the most beautiful of Russian cities – St. Petersburg. It contains many masterpieces of architecture, historical monuments and art treasures. It is also a city of education and science, a cradle of uprisings and a cultural center. Eyes run up from the sights, but what if you only have 2-3 days to explore the city? In this selection, we have collected for you the most interesting places: you can visit them on your own or with a guided tour.
1. Nevsky Prospekt
The central avenue of the city stretches from the Alexander Nevsky Lavra to the Admiralty. Along it and nearby, within walking distance, there are many main sights of St. Petersburg, which should be explored on the first day.
You can walk along Nevsky Prospekt by getting off at the Ploshchad Vosstaniya metro station and moving towards St. Isaac's Cathedral. Along the way, you will meet the Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace, the Anichkov Bridge across the Fontanka with figures of rearing horses by the sculptor Klodt, a monument to Catherine II on Ostrovsky Square, the Passage and Gostiny Dvor, the Europa Hotel, the House of the Book, the Kazan Cathedral with a fountain and a monument to Kutuzov, the Stroganov Palace . At the end of the avenue, a view of the full-flowing Neva, the Hermitage and Palace Square will open. Nearby are moorings for river buses and fast boats, which ride along the Neva and deliver to Peterhof. .tonkosti.ru/sized/f550x700/9h/sm/9hsmhji5oo4kcc44sw8wwc0ck.jpg” media=”(max-width: 549px)”>
2. Vasilyevsky Island and the Kunstkamera
If you cross the Neva through a drawbridge (bridges are raised at night according to the schedule published on the Mostotrest website), then you will get to Vasilyevsky Island. Immediately striking are the rostral columns with the bows of sailing ships.
Within walking distance is the Kunstkamera, the original museum of rarities. The collection of rarities created by nature and human hands was collected by Peter I himself. There you can see freaks in alcohol, skeletons of strange birds, unusual plants, stone idols, exotic stuffed animals, ancient coins and ancient dishes. The historical and ethnographic exposition contains more than a million samples. Of particular interest is the Gottorp globe of the 17th century in the form of a mini-planetarium with a map of the starry sky, inside which several people are placed.
Address: Universitetskaya emb., 3. Opening hours: daily, except Monday and the last Tuesday of the month, from 11:00 to 18:00. Admission: 300 RUB, for beneficiaries: 100 RUB.
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3. St. Isaac's Cathedral
The largest and most famous cathedral in St. Petersburg and one of the most beautiful domed buildings in the world. This is a memorial museum, but services are held here on major Orthodox holidays. The inside is richly decorated, it is worth climbing the upper gallery along the winding stairs to see the city from a bird's eye view.
Travel by metro to the station “Admiralteyskaya”, then walk 5 minutes along the street. M. Marine. Opening hours from 10:30 to 18:00 every day except Wednesday. Ticket price: 250 RUB, concessions: 50 RUB. de/mf/demfta4zqn4ko0okkc8wo0gg8.jpg” media=”(max-width: 549px)”>
4 . “The Bronze Horseman”
The symbol of St. Petersburg flaunts on Senatskaya Square – an equestrian statue of the first Emperor of Russia Peter I. The Bronze Horseman by the French sculptor Falcone is more than 200 years old, the sculpture was masterfully executed, in compliance with all proportions, the monument was erected on a huge monolithic stone pedestal.
5. The Hermitage and the Winter Palace
The most famous landmark of the Northern capital. In the luxurious interiors of the Hermitage, the Winter Palace and three other buildings, in an endless suite of rooms, a huge exposition of Renaissance and Enlightenment paintings, sculptures, vases, furniture, dishes, archaeological specimens and curiosities is exhibited.
Here are the masterpieces of world significance: “Madonna Litta” and “Madonna Benois” by Leonardo da Vinci, paintings by Rembrandt, El Greco, Titian, Caravaggio, Raphael, a gallery of portraits dedicated to the war of 1812, the chambers of the emperor, the throne room, a clockwork singing peacock and millions of other amazing exhibits. A whole day is not enough to inspect the treasury, so it is reasonable to devote 2-3 hours to several of the most interesting halls.
Address: Palace Square, 2. Entrance from Palace Square. Ticket price: 400 RUB, free of charge.
6. Palace Square
A huge square between the Winter Palace and the Headquarters of the Guards Corps, where the October Revolution of 1917 began. In the center stands the Pillar of Alexandria, mentioned in A. S. Pushkin's poem “Monument”.
7 . Embankment of the Moika River
A walk along the embankment of the Moika River promises a romantic mood and pleasure from contemplating the architecture of the 18th-20th centuries. Along its banks and in the vicinity are castles, palaces, the Russian Museum, the Summer Garden, the Field of Mars, the Stable Yard, the Pushkin Museum-Apartment, New Holland and many other famous sights of St. Petersburg. The walk should start from Palace Square and move towards the Fontanka. At the confluence of two rivers, near the Mikhailovsky Castle, there is a curious miniature sculpture “Chizhik-Pyzhik”. What and where to rub in St. Petersburg to make it feel good? If anything, we are talking about monuments. What did you think?
8. Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
A striking monument of Russian architecture, which embodies the best domestic traditions: in appearance it resembles the Moscow Cathedral of St. Basil the Blessed. The temple was built really on the site of bloodshed – the assassination of Emperor Alexander II. Services were held here for a long time, and now there is a museum, its visit is included in many sightseeing tours. Location – at the intersection of the Moika and the Griboyedov Canal. Living in St. Petersburg is not so cool? Petersburger's thread,
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9. Summer Garden
The oldest garden in the northern capital, the place for it was chosen by Emperor Peter I himself. The park was laid out a year after the founding of St. Petersburg, its name comes from the word “letniki” – at that time only summer flowers were planted in it. For several centuries, tall trees have grown in the garden, and a beautiful fence of skillful casting has been built around it. It is pleasant to walk in the heat in the shade of the crowns. Admission is free.
10. Peter and Paul Fortress
If you cross the Neva along the Trinity Bridge, and then along a small footbridge, you can get to Hare Island, where the Peter and Paul Fortress is located. Previously, this fort served to defend the city, later a prison was located there. Nowadays, the building is given over to a museum and exhibitions with historical expositions. Don't be alarmed: cannons are fired near the fortress at noon.
11. Alexander Park
Alexander Park with green shady alleys is considered one of the most beautiful in the city – people come here to take a walk and relax. There are many historical monuments and sculptures, several museums, a cinema, a zoo and a music hall. The most popular place is a miniature model of St. Petersburg with the most significant sights. The park is located near the Peter and Paul Fortress. Admission is free.
Peterhof is the royal summer residence of the early 18th century with a luxurious palace, park, fountains and sculptures. For its rich decoration and beauty, the palace and park ensemble is called the Russian Versailles. The territory is large and interesting, it is worth spending the whole day here. It is best to arrive in the morning: a meteor sets off from the piers in the Hermitage area every half an hour, minibus No. K404 runs from the Baltiyskaya metro station. ://fs.tonkosti.ru/sized/f550x700/5l/2f/5l2fb1fl0e0w0sc0cc4cck0sk.jpg” media=”(max-width: 549px)”>
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