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The Mysterious Land of Russia: St. Petersburg

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An August 2002 trip to St. Petersburg by NNegrete98

St. Petersburg Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia More Photos
Quote: In August of 2002 I journeyed across the world to Russia. I found myself in St. Petersburg as a side excusion from Moscow.

The Mysterious Land of Russia: St. Petersburg

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St. Petersburg Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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St. Petersburg is easily one of the worlds most beautiful cities. Rivers and channels flow throughout the city. Its no wonder it is often refered to as the "Northern Venice." This historic Russian city offers so much to do and see. There are many things to do in St. Petersburg and so much history to learn!Quick Tips: Give yourself enough time to see all that you want. When I was there I was very pressed and rushed for time. I had no idea how many things there are to see here. Don't forget you need a VISA to enter Russia!! This is very important! If time permits, hop on a river boat for a short ride up and down the Neva. You will get a whole different perspective of th...Read More

Kazan Cathedral

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Attraction

Kazan Cathedral Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Built between 1801-1811, the Kazan Cathedral became a monument for the Russian Victory over Napoleans Army in the War of 1812. Many trophies, banners and keys from captured fortresses from the Nepolianic Campaign were housed here. This horseshoe shaped building is supported by 144 columns. Burried inside the Cathedral is Field Marshall Mikhail Kutuzov. It is said he is buried in the exact spot in which he prayed just before leaving for battle. As with all Russian Cathedrals, the interior is even more breathtaking than the outer appearance. If you wish, step inside and have a look around. Simply, be courteous. When I was there, there was a choir singing and candles were being lit in the memory of...Read More

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Kazan Cathedral
Nevsky Prospect, Kazanskaya Ploshchad, 2
St. Petersburg, Russia

The Bronze Horseman and Decembrist Square Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Senate Square,also known as Decembrist Square, sits along the embankment of the Neva River. Its name Decembrist Square comes from the ill-fated Decembrists' uprising that occured in this actual spot in December of 1825. Located here are the Bronze Horseman and the former Senate and Synod buildings. Across from these stands the admiralty which was one of St. Petersburg's first buildings. The focus and the center of the square is where one of the most symbolic monuments in St. Petersburg stands. The Bronze Horseman stands tall looking out towards the Neva River. It was a tribute to Peter the Great from Catharine the Great. You will notice on the side of the statue you see both their names. ...Read More

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The Bronze Horseman and Decembrist Square
Ploshad Dekabristov
St. Petersburg, Russia

Peter and Paul Fortress/Peter and Paul Cathedral

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Attraction | "Peter and Paul Fortress"

Peter and Paul Fortress/Peter and Paul Cathedral Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Peter and Paul Fortress is the place in which most of St. Petersburg is centered. The Fortress was built originally to protect land from the Swedes. However, the Swedes were beaten before the fortress was completed. There were so many things to do and see here! In the center of the fortress stands the SS Peter and Paul Cathedral. It is here that every Tzar from Peter the Great to Alexander III are buried except for Nicholas II. The interior of the Cathedral is absolutely amazing. One of the first you see when you walk in the front are the tombs of Peter the Great and Catherine I. Everything in this Cathedral resembles royalty in the highest form. As you move through the Cathedral you will approach ...Read More

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

Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood

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Attraction | "Our-Saviour-on-the-Spilt-Blood Cathedral"

Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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The Church of the Resurrection of Christ, or more commonly known as Our-Saviour-on-the-Spilt-Blood Cathedral, was built on the very place that in 1881 Tsar, Alexander II was mortally wounded by a terrorist attack. This is the reason this beautiful cathedral is in such an unusual location. Our-Saviour-on-the-Spilt-Blood Cathedral has many characteristics of a typical and traditional Russian Cathedral. It has golden domes, colored domes and crosses. If you look carefully you will notice many things simillar to that of Moscow's, St. Basils Cathedral. Apparently St. Basils Cathedral was used largely as a model for this cathedral. I was amazed at the elaborate and intrigate deatail on this buildin...Read More

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Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood
Ploshchad Iskusstv
St. Petersburg, Russia