St. Petersburg Journals

Studying Abroad in Peter

A June 2000 trip to St. Petersburg by Mashka

Church of the Saviour on the Blood Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia More Photos
Quote: I studied abroad in St. Petersberg for 6 weeks in the summer of 2000. It was one of the best experiences of my life and I can not wait to go back and visit.

Studying Abroad in Peter

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How cute... Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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I was lucky because I lived with a Russian family, but if you are there, try to meet locals--they may not seem friendly at first, but they really warm up and are extremely curious about Americans. The coolest thing for me was that I interacted and fell in love with a culture that my parents' generation grew up fearing. It's really quite incredible. Americans and Russians have many similiarities-both Russia and the US are large, vast countries, with a lot of power and influence. But there are many differences--they are just getting to know democracy, they are a country that went from tzarism to communism. Americans have never been under either rule. Very similiar, but very different places.Quick ...Read More
Church of the Saviour on the Blood Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Tsar Alexander II was murdered here while riding down the street. His son Alexander III commissioned the church be built in his memory. The alter was built right on the spot where Alex was killed, and in order to do that, the church looks slightly off balance and dislocated.

It was closed for 60 years during Communist times and used as a storage building of all things. Crazy. But it has been restored and looks really beautiful. Wish they had a tour in English, but everything was in Russian. But the art was absolutely beautiful.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 22, 2001

Church of the Saviour on the Blood
Naberezhnaya Kanala Griboyedova 2A
St. Petersburg, Russia

Peterhof Palace and Gardens

Attraction | "Peterhof"

Peterhof Palace and Gardens Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Peterhof is frustrating, but fun. There are many seperate buildings, and for each one you have to buy a seperate ticket. It's frustrating because each building costs about $6 ($3.50 for students) to enter but the Russian price is about 5 to 10 cents. Sometimes my friends asked Russians to buy our tickets (which they always obliged to) and in exchange we bought them their tickets. Maybe not really kosher, but we saved a lot of money. Everything is very beautiful. Take a nap on the lawn, there's lots of space. It's a full day trip, so get an early start.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 22, 2001

Peterhof Palace and Gardens
Petrodvorets
St. Petersburg, Russia

The Russian Museum

Attraction | "Russian Museum"

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OPEN 10am-6pm MON & 10am-5pm WED-SUN This is really great musuem. This is usually where tourists go AFTER the Hermitage, but I think they should go here first. Has an enormous amount of good Russian art. The section I wanted to see most was "closed for renovations" of course--it contained the Chagall/Malevich/Kandinsky collection. Three months later I heard it was still closed and for no known reason. Very frustrating. But the rest is still very worthy of seeing. Ilya Repin's work is displayed, who I had never heard of, but soon realized he is one of Russia's treasures. There are also 3 separate buildings which are spread across town. The Stroganov Palace, which is on Nevsky, was holding a ter...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 23, 2001

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

Kunstkammer

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Definitely the weirdest place I ever went to on a school field trip and probably just the weirdest place I ever been to at all. The first floor is really, really boring. Skip it. Don't waste your time. (well, maybe glance through it) It's mostly creepy looking manequins with arrowhead after arrowhead and millions of spears. It isn't set up very well, and although it could be interesting, it just wasn't. I would have walked out, but I was on a field trip, so I couldn't. BUT the upstairs, that's the really interesting part. It's called the "Anatomical Rarities Exhibition" or better known as Peter's the Great's 'babies in jars' exhibition. Apparently Peter has an interest in anatomical disfi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 23, 2001

Kunstkammer
Universitetskaya Naberezhnaya 3
St. Petersburg, Russia

Peter and Paul Fortress/Peter and Paul Cathedral

Attraction | "Peter and Paul Fortress"

Peter and Paul Fortress/Peter and Paul Cathedral Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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This is where St. Petersburg was born. As the story goes...on 16 May 1703 Peter the Great tore up two pieces of sod, laid them in a cross and proclaimed, "The city will lie here." And so it did. In actual fact, Peter wasn't even there, but it makes for a good story. This place takes a long time to get through--I think it'd take a good day to get through. The maps are really confusing and it's hard to find your way around. The absolute coolest part was that Nicolas II's tomb is located there, but at the time I was there, it was "closed for renovations" (you'll hear that a lot in Russia). But I was told it would be open by August 2000. Many of the other Romanoff's have been laid to rest th...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 23, 2001

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