St.Petersburg - the City of Tsars
Saint Petersburg was conceived by Peter the Great as a confirmation of the growing status of Imperial Russia. The best architects from all over Europe were invited for the sole purpose of building the most impressive palaces and cathedrals in the world, so Peter began to gradually turn into the capital under the Romanov dynasty. And although after the revolution, the title of capital returned to Moscow, St. Petersburg retained the name of the Imperial city, and the historical center of Russia. Large rivers, branches, channels and canals with a total length of more than 300 km, as well as ponds, lakes and, most surprisingly, more than 800 bridges, 218 of which are pedestrian – this is all about Saint Petersburg, the city on the Neva River.
The most unforgettable sights of St.Petersburg
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Take a walk along one of the most famous streets, running through the historical center of the city - Nevsky Prospekt. Famous buildings are lined up here like pearls on a string. For example: the largest Department store in the city-Gostiny Dvor or the Church of the Savior on Blood, we advise you to walk around its five domes in order to study all of them. The classic Russian interior and exterior of the temple are decorated with more than 7,000 square meters of mosaics. When you look at all this splendor, it becomes clear why it took 24 years to build the temple. Although its official name is the Church of the Resurrection of Christ, people named it after the attempt on Tsar Alexander II in 1881.
Pass a little further and you will see the shining Golden dome of St. Isaac's Cathedral. Once inside, you can explore the luxurious interior, which brings memories and dreams of the life of royalty. And after climbing the 262 steps to the colonnade in the dome covered with more than 100 kilograms of gold, everyone can see the city from a bird's eye view.
The Mariinsky theatre, built in 1859, is also nearby. This stunning building has several scenes, including a 21st century-style stage where you can see Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Carmen and more. If you are planning a trip to the Northern Capital, book your tickets in advance in order to explore this Grand building and see for yourself why the Marinka ballet is considered the best in the world.
It may seem strange, but one of the cherries on the cake of the city is the building of the Grand mosque, opened in 1913. Rising to an impressive 39-meter height, the dome is visible even in the very center of the city. Unlike the Golden dome of St. Isaac's Cathedral, this one is bright azure, with fantastic ornaments.
And when driving to Zayachy Island, you will see the Peter and Paul fortress, which has become a favorite place for history lovers. The famous Romanovs are buried here, and about 1.5 million art objects-from porcelain tableware to antique furniture, as well as other historical artifacts-are stored here. Be sure to watch the changing of the guard ceremony if you arrive on Saturday, a great highlight for the start of an interesting visit.
Saint Petersburg is diverse and versatile. In this article, we have not listed even half of its attractions - after all, we want you to come and make sure that it is better to see once than to hear 100 times.
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