St. Petersburg Journals

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A travel journal to St. Petersburg by Amanda

St. Isaacs Cathedral Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia More Photos
Quote: Idyllic and beautiful, this is the planned European city of Russia, built by Peter the Great from swamp land.

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The Hermitage could keep you going for weeks. Every major artist, style and fashion is here, and some of the best examples of each. You can go here many times, and come away renewed and excited after each visit.Quick Tips: Unless you are on a guided tour, learn the alphabet. You become much safer, less lost, and enjoy yourself more if you do so. You do have to be a little careful in modern Russia. Take care at the cash machines, don't get into a cab you aren't sure is kosher, and keep your valuables under your clothes. On the other hand, if you're from a big city in the US, behave as normal, it's no worse!Best Way To Get Around: The buses are quite crowded and confusing, but che...Read More

St. Isaac's Cathedral

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Attraction | "St. Issac's Cathedral"

St. Isaac's Cathedral Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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This is a grand building. Built in the early 19th century, it dominates this part of the city. It looks to me a little like St. Paul's in London - it has a similar dome on top of the large classical pillars. This isn't a cheap place to get into - it costs about £5, a bit less for students. This church is not fully religious yet - most of the back bit is a museum, and this is the bit you have to pay to enter. The exhibits are mostly of St. Peterburg, and the building of the place, and some religious items connected with the cathedral. There are some clunky walkmans with an audio guide to the cathedral, and you get them on entry to the museum. The entrance-end of the buil...Read More

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St. Isaac's Cathedral
Isaakievskaya Ploshchad 1
St. Petersburg, Russia

Alexandr Nevsky Monastery (Lazarev and Tikhvin Cemeteries)

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Attraction | "Alexandr Nevsky Monastery"

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One of the few active monastic communities in Russia, this place is wonderful. As the sightseeing is predominantly outdoors, summer is a good time to come!

The things to see here are the graveyards, in which many important local and Russian citizens sleep the long sleep. The two best are called Lazarus and Tikhvin Cemetaries, and cost about £0.50 to enter. You can get, and pay for, an English tour, and this is worth it. Otherwise, there just seems to be a pile of stones. Tchaikovsy and Rossi are just two of the internationally famous artists buried here, and it's a very interesting place.

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Alexandr Nevsky Monastery (Lazarev and Tikhvin Cemeteries)
Ploshchad Alexandra Nevskogo
St. Petersburg

The Hermitage

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The Hermitage Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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The Hermitage is incomparable. It is one of the best art museums in the world, and probably has the best building of any of the greats. It's set in the Tzar's winter quarters, known collectively as the Hermitage. It's made up of 5 interlinked buildings - the main two are the Winter Palace and the Large Hermitage. The building's wonderful collection was amassed in ways not possible in the West - the Communists just swiped everything they liked and stuck it here. A friend of my father's talked to us about the Hermitage, talking us through which paintings were his father's, his uncle's, and his cousins'! There is such a lot to do here, that I can't possibly describe it all. I'l...Read More