The city tour of St.Petersburg will introduce the highlights of the Northern Venice and will include several photo-stops at the most picturesque spots of the city. During your drive along the streets you will see the famous palaces and historical buildings of interest. You will cross several canals and bridges, which date back to the 18-th and 19-th centuries. The guide will tell you the history of the city and show you the beauty of St.Petersburg, which is a UNESCO protected architectural gem, famous for its colorful and exciting history.
The Palace Square is one of the main squares of St.Petersburg, which always attracts the visitors from all over the world. Decorated with Alexander column, the memorial to the victory over Napolion, and surrounded by different historial establishments, the Palace Square is a part of the Hermitage ansamble. This is the square where three Russian revolutions took place. Today the Palace Square is the witness of all kind of parades, concerts and festivals. Come to visit this unique place and feel yourself in the heart of St. Petersburg
Strelka of the Vasili Island
Strelka of the Vasili Island is the territory of the first commercial port of St.Petersburg. It dates back to 1703, which is also the year of the foundation of the city. Nowadays this is the historiacl center with a beautiful anasmble of Rostral Lighthouses, ex Stock Exchange Building and former Warehouses. All the highlights of St.Petersburg are visible from this spot, so that one should take a photo stop and enjoy the athmosphere of the past.
Nevskij prospect is the main street of St.Petersburg. It got the name after patron of St.Petersburg, Alexander Nevskij, the Russian national hero from the medieval times. Even today, the main fashionable shopping centers, hotels, restaurants and commercial centers are located on this relatively short strip. Welcome to the educational, cultural and shopping area of the city and feel yourself Russian.
The Neva River makes 74 km long curve within the city limits upto the Gulf of Finland. It used to be always the main commercial root betwee Vikings and Greecs. And today this river is still navigable, so that one can see tourist boats, hydrofoils and cargo ships cruising up and down the Neva River. One of the attractions of the this waterway is the open bridges. Every day and night the visitors of St.Petersburg come to the river's embankments to enjoy the wonderful sits from its beautiful granit embankments.
Admiralty building is another historical spot of St.Petersburg. The first ship yard, where Peter the Great began to built Russian fleet and actively partisipated as a worker, was used as Naval headquaters in the 19-th centuary and is a Naval Academy of today.
St. Isaac’s Cathedral St. Petersburg was founded in 1858 and became the main Orthodox Church of Russia in the 19-th century. It was built in honor of Peter the Great and named after the Monck of St.Isaac. The first impression from the outside reveals a huge cathedral in humble and dull, grayish-brownish hues flanked by massively impressive red granite pillars and a large gilded cupola. Thus St.Isaac’s Cathedral of St. Petersburg differs totally from traditional Russian church architecture, which, since medieval times, has always used famously colorful onion-shaped domes topped with crosses.
Spilled Blood Church
The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood was built in honor of Alexander the Second, the Tsar Liberator, who was murdered by terrorists at the same place. The church follows the Russian medieval architectural style using several high towers, arches, windows, bright decorations and ornaments with colorful onion-shaped domes topped by golden crosses. It is also famous for the mosaic and semi-precious stones, which decorate the church, and make it one of the most beautiful churches in Russia.
Peter and Paul fortress
This is the location, where it all started, when on the 27-th of May, 1703, Peter the Great took a shovel and broke the ground on this small island in the River Neva for the purpose of starting construction of a new capital for his country. As customary in those days, the highest priority was given to the protection of the city and the country, and so the first construction project was naturally the building of a fortress. However, even in those days, priorities quickly changed, and the fortress never faced an enemy, and soon became a prison for politically difficult citizens.
The monument to Peter the Great, the Bronze Horsman, is one of the symbles of St.Petersburg. It was errected in the time of Catherin the Great to commemorate the name of the founder of the city and to show the high respect to the first Emperor of Russia. The monument was described by Russian poets, writers and playwriters and bacame the real attraction one should not miss.
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