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
Peter and Paul Fortress, St Petersburg
In 1703 Peter the Great ordered the construction of a fortress on a tiny island in the Neva Delta. It would be the nucleus of Russia's new imperial capital, St. Petersburg.
Aurora, St Petersburg
The Cruiser Aurora is a naval ship famous for firing the first shot that triggered the October Revolution in 1917. The ship is now a museum, permanently anchored at the Neva river.
Russian Museum, St Petersburg
The main collection of the Russian Museum is housed in the 19th century Mikhailovsky Palace. It gives an excellent overview of Russian art from the 12th through the 20th century.
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.

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