Founded by Tsar Peter I (The Great) Saint Petersburg is a mecca of historical, cultural and architectural landmarks. Commonly referred to as “Venice of the North”, Saint Petersburg has a network of beautiful canals and bridges.
The city is brimming with Baroque Palaces and Gardens like the Catherine Palace, famous for its Great Hall, Golden Enfilade and Amber Room, the Winter Palace one of the city’s most popular Palaces and housing The State Hermitage Museum. The Fabergé Egg Museum is situated in the Shuvalov Palace on the Fontanka River and The Peter and Paul Fortress located on Hare’s Island is the birthplace of the city, founded by Peter the Great and which served as the Citadel.
The State Hermitage Museum is the second largest museum in the world and houses artworks by Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Monet and other artists that the Tsars collected. It is estimated that it will take at least 11 years for an individual to view each display item for just one minute.
The Mariinsky Theatre with its outstanding performances of Ballets like “The Nutcracker” and “Russian Seasons” has always left their audience in awe. The Mikhailovsky Theatre is the said to rival that of the Mariinsky Theatre by being the oldest ballet and opera theatre in Russia.
Nevsky Prospekt is the main avenue, with its breathtaking architectures and historical buildings. Stroganov Palace, Winter Palace and the Vorontsov Palace are just some of the magnificent places you will see along this famous avenue.
No visit would be complete without seeing the awe-inspiring St. Isaac’s Cathedral with its illuminated dome of gold and twelve statues of angels. Saint Petersburg should be on your bucket list for your next holiday to Russia.