St Petersburg
closeSaint Petersburg was founded in 1703 by Tsar Peter the Great. During the following two centuries, when Saint Petersburg was the capital of Russia, the city quickly developed into one of the world's most magnificent cities thanks to the construction of impressive edifices such as the Winter Palace, the Admiralty, the Mariinsky Theater and St. Isaac's Cathedral.
Despite the many monumental buildings the city has an unmistakable charm thanks to the numerous channels and bridges which give Saint Petersburg a romantic flair.
Random St Petersburg Highlights
Peterhof, St Petersburg
Peterhof is a magnificent country residence created in the early 18th century by tsar Peter the Great. Its Great Palace and expansive park adorned with fountains were to rival the splendor of Versailles.
Smolny Monastery, St Petersburg
The Smolny Monastery was originally built in the 18th century for Elisabeth I, daughter of Peter the Great. A change in plans however put her not in the convent, but on the throne.
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St Petersburg
This remarkable church with colorful onion domes was built at the end of the 19th century in honor of the assassinated tsar Alexander II. The church was built in a classical Russian Revival style by Alfred Parland.
Kunstkammer, St Petersburg
The Kunstkammer was built between 1718 and 1734 to house St. Peterburg's first museum of natural science where Peter the Great's collection of natural curiosities were displayed.

Random St Petersburg Tours & Activities
Half-Day Vladimir Lenin Tour with a Historian Guide, St Petersburg
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