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
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.
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.
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.
Bronze Horseman, St Petersburg
The equestrian statue of Peter the Great at Senate Square is the most famous symbol of St. Petersburg. Its name stems from a poem by the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.

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