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
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.
St. Isaac's Square, St Petersburg
St. Isaac's Square is surrounded by a number of magnificent building, not in the least the monumental St. Isaac's Cathedral. At the center of the square stands a monument honoring Tsar Nicholas I.
Field of Mars, St Petersburg
The Field of Mars, a former military parade and exercise ground, is now the site of a memorial honoring the victims of the revolutions of 1917 and the following civil war.
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.

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