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
Alexander Nevsky Monastery, St Petersburg
The Alexander Nevsky Monastery was built in the early 18th century to house the relics of of St Alexander Nevsky, a famous prince who defeated the Swedish army in the 13th century.
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.
Cabin of Peter the Great, St Petersburg
In 1703, shortly after founding St. Petersburg, Peter the great had a modest lodge cabin built for him. The small cabin, with only a couple of rooms, was built in just three days.
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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