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St. Petersburg revisited 2003

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An October 2003 trip to St. Petersburg by marcopolo

St. Petersburg History, Art & Music Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia More Photos
Quote: St. Petersburg has celebrated its 300th birthday and never looked better! The Venice of the North boasts world class restaurants, great hotels, a vibrant night life and more music, art, and culture than anywhere else on the globe.

St. Petersburg revisited 2003

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Overview

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St. Peterburg is a place of culture and art that I have visited many, many times for both my own pleasure and my travel and art business. The Academy of Arts here goes back to 1758! It was created to lead Russia into the modern age, and it succeeded beyond all expectations! Designed to uplift and inspire the creative spirit of human kind, it has produced immortals in the world of fine arts. Of course I love Russian art, so I must confess that I prefer the Russian Art Museum to the world renowned Hermitage (also not to be missed). The setting is not quite as fabulous and the endowment is smaller, but the Russian Art Museum still offers a mighty recounting of the Russian people...Read More

Swagat

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Restaurant | "The Swagat"

Swagat Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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This outstanding restaurant was named the best in St. Petersburg in 2002 and it has not lost a beat. The owner speaks good English, as does most of his staff. The breads served with speciality sauces are outstanding. I have always chosen one of the many lamb dishes and have never been disappointed. Choices include four kinds of soup, lamb, shrimp, chicken, or fish prepared in a clay pot oven, seafood entrees, vegetarian dishes, rice based meals, Indian bread baked in tandoor, and dumplings or ice cream. The curry dishes are especially superb! In the evening there is live music with belly dancing of varying quality. The quality of the food rivals any meal I have enjoyed at an Indian restauran...Read More

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Swagat
Vasilyavsky Island, Bolshoy Prospekt 91
St. Petersburg, Russia
217-44-28

St. Petersburg History, Art & Music

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Attraction | "A Total Immersion in History, Art, Music"

St. Petersburg History, Art & Music Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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St. Petersburg is a rocking city filled with night life, history, art, architecture, and some of the most beautiful women in the world. Food prices range from inexpensive to pricy and most of it is extremely good. Russian beer is excellent and the champagne is fantastic! If you like adventure, art, history, nature, architecture, and want to see some of the most treasured objects in the world, St. Petersburg is the place for you. If you want to enjoy beautiful music, or the best ballet in the world, St. Petersburg is the place for you. The "Venice of the North" is built on no less than thirty three rivers and canals. It boasts a vibrant academic life with multiple universities and the most p...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 6, 2004

St. Petersburg History, Art & Music
Greater St. Petersburg District
St. Petersburg, Russia

The Russian Museum

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Attraction | "The Russian Museum of Art"

The Russian Museum Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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This fabulous museum is located on the Square of Arts behind the Grand Hotel Europe off of Nevsky Prospect. The square is dominated by Anikushin’s famous statue of Alexander Pushkin, the poet Laureate of Russia. 100 meters behind Pushkin’s statue surrounded by a wonderful wrought iron fence is the fabulous Mikhailovski Palace. This palace which was built for the former Grand Duke Mikhail of Russia has been the home of the Russian State Museum of Art since 1898. The Russian Museum of Art would be well worth seeing even it were completely empty. The original architect, Carlo Rossi, built the palace for a younger son of Paul I. The building was one of St. Petersburg’s most outstanding until ...Read More

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The Russian Museum
4 Inzhenernaya Str.
St. Petersburg, Russia

Yusupov Palace

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Attraction | "The Yusupov Palace"

Yusupov Palace Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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In order to tour the Yusupov Palace at 94 Moika, you must call ahead and make an appointment for a guide. It is one of the few palaces in St. Petersburg where you must be accompanied by a palace employee. English speaking guides are available and my personal favorite is a lady named Zoya. She goes out of her way to be as entertaining as possible. The Yusupov Palace in St. Petersburg is one of the most beautiful privately built palaces in the world. It boasts a life span of 250 years. It is not only beautiful; its history is forever linked to the assassination of the mad monk, Rasputin. It was here that Prince Felix Yusupov and a small group of elitists determined to stop Rasputin’s outrage...Read More

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Yusupov Palace
Naberezhnaya Reki Moyki 94
St. Petersburg, Russia

Tsarskoe Selo

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Attraction | "Trip to Tsarskoye Selo"

Tsarskoe Selo Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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This most beautiful example of Russian rococo architecture now has the beautiful amber room restored to its former glory. Just a word or two about that feature of the palace is in order. Frederick the Great gave Peter I of Russia about 40,000 pounds of pure amber embossed with the Hohenzollern crest as a gift after Peter had captured the world’s imagination through his efforts to bring Russia kicking and screaming into the modern world. Peter never got around to using this gift but at least had it properly stored. When Elizabeth, Peter the Great’s daughter, hired Rastrelli to upgrade the existing palace located in the quiet royal community of Pushkin, she directed that he take the am...Read More

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Tsarskoe Selo
Pushkin
St. Petersburg, Russia

Pavlovsk

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Attraction | "The magnificient restoration of Pavlosk"

Pavlovsk Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Pavlosk: A study in classical design and elegant living. This beautiful horse shoe design reflects the refined taste of one of Russia’s most tragic and perhaps misunderstood Tsars, Paul (Pavel) I. Paul was the somewhat neglected son of Catherine the Great. Upon the death of his father, Peter III, Paul expected to ascend to the throne. Instead, his mother with help of the Army, assumed that position and Paul resented this until the day of his death. Neglected as a child and shunted aside by Catherine in favor of Paul’s son, Alexander I, Paul was very anxious to assume the title of Tsar. Finally in his forties Catherine died and he became Tsar. As a result of having waited so long, Paul w...Read More

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Pavlovsk
19 Miles South of St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg, Russia
+7 (812) 470-2155

Peter and Paul Fortress/Peter and Paul Cathedral

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Attraction | "A visit to the final Resting Place of the Tsars"

Peter and Paul Fortress/Peter and Paul Cathedral Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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The Peter and Paul fortress on Hare Island marks the birthplace of St. Petersburg in 1703 and is one of the most interesting places to visit as so much history is packed on that small island. It was here that Peter I decided to build the military fortification that would protect his new “Window to the West” and prevent the Swedish Navy from carrying out further raids on the interior of Russia. The fortress walls are well maintained and the Sword Gate entrance to the inside of the fortress is well worth examination. Be aware that on the appointed hour of noon everyday the salute cannon is fired, and if you are anywhere near the gun the boom is over whelming. Attractions inside inclu...Read More

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

Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts

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Attraction

Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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The Academy of Arts of St. Petersburg, Russia was founded in 1758 and was based on existing Western art academies of the time. The Bologna Academy, the Paris Academy, the Vienna Academy, and the Berlin Academy all served as models for the Russian Academy. The Academy’s impact on life in Russia was dramatic and for nearly one hundred years it served as the center of Russian artistic life. Graduates of the academy became teachers in other art schools all over the Russian Empire. The famous Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture was not founded until the nineteenth Century. The St. Petersburg Academy boasts one of the finest museums of art of any academic institution in the worl...Read More

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Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts
University Embankment
St. Petersburg, Russia