St. Petersburg Journals

Sites of St. Petersburg, Russia

A June 1996 trip to St. Petersburg by AnaMH

Winter Palace Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia More Photos
Quote: A look at the "Europeon" city founded in 1703 by Peter the Great. Peter the Great built this city as a "Window to the West". The city is called the Venice of the North for its palace-lined waterways. Sights include the State Hermitage Museum, Peter & Paul Fortress and the Nevsky prospekt.

Sites of St. Petersburg, Russia

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Overview

Summer Palace Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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A visit to the Hermitage is a requirement. This is truly one of the world's great art museums. There are over 2.8 million items displayed within it's many halls. The museum is housed within the Winter Palace. The Winter Palace built in 1754-1762 is an excellent example of Russian Baroque. The square in front of the Winter Palace is where the revolution began in 1917. The Summer Palace is in a corner of the Summer Garden. The gardens are in an English style. The palace is a modest building but both are a sight to see. A boat ride up the Grand Waterway is a thrill. Quick Tips: At the Hermitage, the most popular exhibits are the State rooms and the Special Collection so be prepared to ...Read More

Pribaltiskaya Hotel

Hotel | "Pribaltiskaya"

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The Pribaltiskaya is one Russia largest hotels. It is also one of the top hotels used for tourist accomadations in the city. There are 4 restaurants and several bar with snacks available in them. The hotel overlooks the Gulf of Finland. Our room was large and overlooked the Gulf. There is a sovenior shop, bowling alley, swimming pool and saunas.

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Pribaltiskaya Hotel
17 Korablestroitelei Street
St. Petersburg, Russia
+7 (812) 740 3979

Winter Palace/State Hermitage Museum

Attraction | "The Hermitage (Winter Palace)"

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The Hermitage is one of the best art museums in the world. It resides in four buildings including the Winter Palace. The gift shop is wonderful. The museum is vast and have a very diversified collection. The Italian art collection has works by Michelangelo, Raphael (my fav!), Botticelli and plenty of other artist. The Dutch and Flemish collection has the largest collection of Rembrandt outside of the Netherlands. The most popular section of the museum is the third floor, which houses modern European art from the 19th and 20th centuries. All the major artist of this time are represented including Renior, Van Gogh, Monet and Delaroix.

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Winter Palace/State Hermitage Museum
Palace Embankment, On The Neva River
St. Petersburg, Russia

Peter and Paul Fortress/Peter and Paul Cathedral

Attraction | "Peter and Paul Fortress"

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The fortress was built in 1703 as a fortress against attack from the Swedes by orders of Peter the Great. It's history as a prison is what makes it interesting with prisoners such as Gorky and Trotsky. The Peter and Paul Cathedral is the oldest stone building in the town. The Cathedral is the burial place of all Russian emperors and empresses including Peter I.

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Peter and Paul Fortress/Peter and Paul Cathedral
Zayachil Ostrov (hare Island)
St. Petersburg, Russia

Palace Square Sights

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Attraction | "Palace Square"

Palace Square Sights Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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The Palace square is the grandest square in the city and home to many historic events including Bloody Sunday (1905) and the Bolshevik Revolution (1917).The first thing you will notice is the Alexandre Column. The column was designed by the French-born architect Auguste de Montferrand, the column commemorates Russian victory over Napoleon.

The facade is a semi-circle of the General Staff and Ministries buildings. The General Staff building was designed by K. Rossi and built from 1819-1829.

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Palace Square Sights
Palace Square
St. Petersburg, Russia

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 magnificent Cathedral sits on St. Isaac's square and can be seen from a far. It was built in 1818-1858 to honor Peter the Great's patron saint. It was once one of the main churches in Russia. It is currently a museum with services held only on important events. The Cathedral's facade has a huge gold-leaf dome, sculptures and granite columns. The inside of the Cathedral is stunning. The columns are decorated with lapis and malachite. The many icons and columns make this a very visually pleasing place.

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

Smolny Convent & Cathderal

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Attraction | "Smolny Convent & Cathderal"

Smolny Convent & Cathderal Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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The Smolny was built as a convent for Peter the Great's daughter, Elizabeth. It was never used as a convent because she died before it was finished. The Smolny Cathedral was designed by Rastrelli in a blue-and-white baroque style. The inside is of layer style since it was put on on when Elizabeth died due to lack of funds. Rastrell did not complete the inside. The convent's current use is as a concert hall.

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Smolny Convent & Cathderal
St Petersburg
St. Petersburg, Russia

Tips

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I went many years ago and some things have gotten better but others have gotten worse. Here are a few tips.
Visas: All visitors require a visa
Street crime against foreigners is a problem in the city. As in all big cities, visitors should be neither too paranoid nor too careless.
US dollars cash are easiest to change and you're chances of changing travellers cheques are slim to non-existent. Getting a cash advance on your credit card is easy in Russia's big cities, but it will be difficult elsewhere.
July and August are the warmest months and the main holiday season. Warning- it may rain one day in three during this period.