• 2018 Dave Koz Cruise Port St Petersburg Russia
St. Petersburg, Russia
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Elaborate palaces, grand churches, sumptuous estates, and gilded façades: St. Petersburg is rich in architectural masterpieces and artistic treasures. Enjoy the culture and grandeur of this historic city built by the tsars.

One of the world’s most beautiful cities, St. Petersburg has all the ingredients for an unforgettable travel experience: high art, lavish architecture, wild nightlife, an extraordinary history and rich cultural traditions that have inspired and nurtured some of the modern world’s greatest literature, music, and visual art. From the mysterious twilight of the White Nights to world-beating opera and ballet productions on magical winter evenings, St. Petersburg charms and entices in every season. Saint-Petersburg.Com is here to help you navigate every aspect of this fascinating city, with all the information and travel resources necessary to plan your trip to St. Petersburg.

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  • Hermitage (city center) (Winter Palace)
    St. Petersburg’s finest and most famous palace, the Winter Palace is one of the greatest royal residences of the world, the home of the Romanov Emperors for two hundred years, and the main building of the world-famous Hermitage Museum. Founded by Catherine the Great and later opened to the public in 1852, the Hermitage Museum of art and culture contains almost 3 million items and features the largest collection of paintings in the world, among them Leonardo da Vinci’s “Madonna with Child.”

  • Catherine Palace
    The Catherine Palace is named after Catherine I, the wife of Peter the Great, who ruled Russia for two years after her husband’s death. Originally a modest two-storey building commissioned by Peter for Catherine in 1717, the Catherine Palace owes its awesome grandeur to their daughter, Empress Elizabeth, who chose Tsarskoe Selo as her chief summer residence. Starting in 1743, the building was reconstructed by four different architects, before Bartholomeo Rastrelli, Chief Architect of the Imperial Court, was instructed to completely redesign the building on a scale to rival Versailles.
  • Grand Peterhof Palace and Grand Cascade
    Reached by hydrofoil boat from a pier opposite the Winter Palace, the Grand Peterhof Palace and Grand Cascade are at the center of the World Heritage-listed ensemble of gardens and palaces that is Peterhof. Laid out in accordance with Peter the Great’s wishes, the complex was completed in 1725 and is in many ways reminiscent of Versailles.
  • Summer Palace of Peter the Great
    The first palace built in Saint Petersburg is not really a palace at all. It is simply a regular two-story stone house in which Peter the Great, the first Russian Emperor, spent the summer months. However, this house is the beginning of the glorious history of Petersburg palaces, which would soon match and even surpass the grandeur of Versailles, Buckingham Palace and other great palaces of the world. Since its construction, the Summer Palace has hardly been altered, and today it gives its visitors a rare opportunity to see life as it was 300 years ago.
  • Cathedral at the Peter and Paul Fortress
    Within the cathedral at the Peter and Paul Fortress lie sarcophagi containing the remains of most of the Romanov rulers.
  • Palace Square
    In 1905, what’s now called Palace Square was the scene of the Bloody Sunday massacre when demonstrators marched toward the Winter Palace. Today, tourists take horse and carriage rides here.
  • St. Isaac’s Cathedral
    The biggest Orthodox church in St. Petersburg, St. Isaac’s Cathedral was built favoring the Byzantine style of architecture. Architect Montferrand used lots of engineering tricks on the construction site. Nevertheless, the building process took a long time — lasting 40 years, from 1818 until 1858 — and cost many lives — 60 died while gold-plating the dome alone.
  • General Staff Building
    Across the square from the Winter Palace stands the neoclassical General Staff Building, with its triumphal arch adorned with a bronze sculpture of Victory in her six-horsed chariot, commemorating the Russian victory over Napoleonic France in the War of 1812.
  • Rostral Column
    One of the two Rostral Columns near the St. Petersburg Stock Exchange. Both were intended as oil-fired lighthouses for ships navigating the Baltic Sea. Designed in the early 19th century, the columns are reminiscent of ancient Rome and feature figures of mythical gods representing four major rivers in Russia.
  • Church on Spilled Blood
    The Church on Spilled Blood, also known as the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, was built on the spot where Czar Alexander II was fatally wounded in an assassination attempt in 1881. After the Bolshevik Revolution the church fell into disrepair. After more than half a century of neglect, the church was restored and re-opened in 1997.
  • The Bronze Horseman
    Completed in 1782, the statue known as The Bronze Horseman represents former czar Peter the Great as a Roman hero astride a rearing steed. The statue has become a symbol of St. Petersburg. Protected by sandbags and a wooden shelter, it withstood the Nazis’ 900-day siege of (then) Leningrad in World War II.