St. Petersburg is the second largest city in the country of Russia. Full of rich history, beautiful architecture, luscious gardens, Russian art, and stunning views overlooking the Baltic Sea, St. Petersburg should be on everyone’s bucket list one way or another. Here are ten unforgettable adventures in this city, nicknamed Venice of the North…
1. Hermitage Museum
Hermitage Museum is one of the oldest museums in the world. It's situated in the Winter Palace of Empress Catherine and contains more than 1,500 stunning rooms. Inside you will see the works of some of the most magnificent artists of all time including Leonardo da Vinci, Van Gogh, Monet, Thomas Couture, and more.
2. Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
This is where Alexander II of Russia was assassinated on March 13, 1881. It has unbelievable multi-colored mosaics with a vibrantly colored, palace-like design and is one of St. Petersburg’s most quintessential places to visit.
3. Peterhof Palace
Constructed by Peter the Great, this palace was an attempt to upstage the Palace of Versailles created by Louis XIV of France. Peterhof Palace has alluring water gardens filled with luscious greenery and gold statues, while inside it has gold detailing, chandeliers, and incredible artwork.
4. Peter and Paul Fortress
Peter and Paul Fortress is the original citadel for St. Petersburg. It was founded by Peter the Great in 1703. It served initially as a prison for political prisoners and became a museum in 1924.
5. Saint Isaac’s Cathedral
Saint Isaac's Cathedral was originally St. Petersburg's main church and the largest cathedral in Russia. It's no longer a place of worship but rather a museum. From the top of the temple you can experience the most magnificent views of the city.
6. Mariinsky Theater
The Mariinsky Theater opened in 1860 and has staged many masterpieces of such greats as Tchaikovsky, and others. It's also home to the Mariinsky Ballet, Mariinsky Opera, and Mariinsky Orchestra. Tickets can be arranged for performances when you're visiting Saint Petersburg.
7. Take a Canal Tour
Saint Petersburg has approximately 800 bridges throughout the city. At one point, the many canals were the main means of transportation.
8. Catherine Palace
Catherine Palace, known as the summer residence, is located just outside of St. Petersburg in Pushkin. It is an absolutely spectacular place to visit considering the roughly 220 pounds of gold utilized to decorate the palace, The Great Hall, known as "the hall of light" and the legendary amber room, that is extraordinary. The gardens are also beautiful.
9. Fabergé Museum
The Faberge Museum only opened in 2013 but features the group of nine Imperial Easter Eggs created by Faberge for the last two Russian Tsars. It also contains more than 4000 pieces of decorative gold and silver items, fine art paintings, as well as porcelain and bronze artifacts.
10. Nevsky Prospect
The Nevsky Prospect is over 2 1/2 miles long and serves as a royal pathway and the main street in St. Petersburg. It's home to the best restaurants, palaces, boutiques, shops, hotels, and more. The architecture is very distinguished.
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