Rest in St. Petersburg. 5 most interesting sights Automatic translate
St. Petersburg is often called the northern capital of Russia and is considered the main cultural and historical center. Built in 1703 during the reign of Peter I. More than 10 million people come here every year to enjoy the beauty of architecture, painting and seaports.
Those in love with the city call him simply - Peter. It is considered the most popular city among tourists who love history. What to visit in St. Petersburg, where to start? Where to go to understand this romantic city?
The most unforgettable thing in St. Petersburg is the famous White Nights. Walking around the city after midnight is a pleasure. There is no big hum from the transport arteries, there are several times fewer passers-by on narrow sidewalks, and St. Petersburg is all yours!
It would be no mistake to assume that nearly all tourists tend to look at the city from the water. The industry of river walks is nowhere in Russia as developed as in St. Petersburg. Have you already heard that you can rent a boat in St. Petersburg? (see here: https://www.sputnik8.com/ru/st-petersburg/category/progulka-na-katere , this is Sputnik, a tourist aggregator of excursion services in St. different suppliers, be sure to look).
Now we will tell you about the 5 most popular places worth visiting.
1. State Hermitage
The Hermitage is the largest museum complex in Russia, located on the Neva River. Built in 1764 during the reign of Catherine II. The complex consists of 6 buildings, the main of which is the Winter Palace. Its architect was Bartolomeo Rastrelli and is made in the Baroque style. The Hermitage is considered the largest art museum in the world. Today, there are more than 3 million exhibits from different eras, from the Stone Age to the end of the 20th century.
2. Palace Square
Palace Square is the central place of St. Petersburg, where tourists from different cities gather every day. Its size is approximately 54 thousand square meters, which is almost 2 times the size of Red Square in Moscow.
Around it stretches the Winter Palace, opposite the building of the General Staff. The headquarters was built from 1819 to 1829 by the architect Carl Rossi. The building itself contains the Triumphal Arch, which connects the two semicircular wings of the General Staff Building.
In the central part of the square there is the Alexander Column with a total height of 47.5 m. It was made in the Empire style by the French architect Auguste Montferrand in 1834. The column was erected by order of Emperor Nicholas I in honor of the victory over the army of Napoleon Bonaparte, in which his brother Alexander I fought.
3. Building of the Main Admiralty
The building is located on the 2nd Admiralty Island, not far from the Neva. The Admiralty was built in 1704-1706 as a shipyard. Soon after the construction, the building underwent reconstruction. Made in the Russian Empire style. A spire with the figure of a ship is installed at the top, which is a symbol of St. Petersburg. From 2012 to the present day, the headquarters of the command of the Russian Navy is located in the building of the Admiralty.
4. Cabinet of Curiosities
The Kunstkamera is often called the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography. Built in the first half of the 18th century. The Armillary Sphere is installed on the tower of the Kunstkamera, which is a sphere with movable circles inside. This is the first museum approved by Peter I. It contains unique items showing the culture and life of different nations. The Kunstkamera is especially famous for its large collection of anatomical anomalies and pathologies, which has been replenished over the course of three centuries. To date, collected 1 million copies.
5. Peter and Paul Fortress
The Peter and Paul Fortress was built in May 1703 by Peter the Great. The project was designed by the Italian architect Domenico Trezzini in the Baroque style. The fortress is located on the Hare Island. Initially, it was built as a protective shelter in the fight against enemies, but it was never used for its intended purpose. Until 1924, the building housed a prison. After that, the fortress entered the branch of the Russian Museum of the Revolution and became a historical museum.
The architectural complex includes many cultural monuments and administrative buildings. The most famous are the Peter and Paul Cathedral, the Mint, the Museum of the History of St. Petersburg, the Grand Ducal Burial Vault, the Commandant’s House.
There are many interesting places in St. Petersburg, a visit to which will leave a lot of positive emotions and give you the opportunity to be filled with charge and energy. The main thing is to choose what you like the most.
Be sure to go to the Palace Square, next to it is the Winter Palace. In the middle of the square stands the Alexander Column, reaching a height of 47 meters. Its top is decorated with an angel with a cross.
Don’t miss the Peter and Paul Fortress, it is located on the Hare Island with a beautiful view of the palaces and the Neva. The fortress itself was not used for defensive actions; there are many museums on the territory and access to the water.
Pay attention to the Summer Garden, located almost on the banks of the Neva. There are many marble sculptures and fountains in the garden. It is better to visit it in the summer, when it is clear and green in St. Petersburg.
Cruiser Aurora. An unusual ship-museum, where you can plunge into military history and the atmosphere of historical times.
And, of course, most often people from all over the country and the world come to St. Petersburg to admire the beauty of drawbridges. The hallmark of the city is the Palace Bridge. He is most often depicted on postcards and magnets. The bridge consists of five spans and is almost 28 m wide. The bridge begins to open at about 12 o’clock at night. If you travel by boat at this time, you can see the bridge from all sides.
There are actually many bridges, and each of them is unique and beautiful. A walk on a small yacht through the canals of the city will allow you to enjoy the city from the water. Do not forget to throw a coin at the fawn-siskin! They say that if the coin remains on its stand and does not fall into the water, the thrower’s wish will come true!
The best museums of St. Petersburg
Kunstkamera. An interesting museum, which contains anthropology and ethnography by Peter the Great himself. A unique place that is definitely worth a visit.
Erarta. Contemporary art museum. Its opening took place in 2010, the museum has about 3000 of the most diverse exhibits. This includes painting, installations and various sculptures. The goal of the museum is to discover new names of Russian artists in art.
Faberge. The museum was opened in 2013. It was created with the aim of preserving the heritage of the famous jeweler Gustav Faberge. The most important exhibit is 9 huge Easter eggs. They were created for the Russian family of emperors. Also in the museum you can find works of art by the jeweler’s contemporaries. In total, there are about 4000 different exhibits in it.
Boiler room-Kamchatka. It is a museum and a club rolled into one. The popular musician Viktor Tsoi once worked here. His fans often come to it to look at the preserved things of their favorite artist.
Hermitage. A royal rich museum, which contains masterpieces of world art. It is so huge and rich that a whole day is not enough to see every hall of this palace. That is why tourists visit the Hermitage on every trip, always finding something new in it.
It is difficult to name the best places, because there are countless places, and what an organized walk on the rooftops of the city is worth! It is worth seeing not only the city, but also the surrounding areas - Peterhof, Kronstadt and Tsarskoe Selo. If you have not been to this majestic city yet, then it’s time to visit it!
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