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Saint Petersburg Things to do

  • State Hermitage Museum  Saint Petersburg State Hermitage Museum
    The State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace is surely one of the most well known and appreciated art museums in the world. With some of the greatest artworks in the world, they are part of this 3 million piece art collection. Sitting in the very heart of Saint Petersburg, on the banks of the Neva River, the hermitage contains 6 fabulous structures housing this magnificent extravaganza. The main palace is the Winter palace, where the Russian tsars went to enjoy the beautiful areas around this city. Finished being built in 1762, by architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, the rest of the buildings were done in the 18th and 19th centuries. These include the General Staff building on the east wing, Menshikov Palace and Repository; built not long ago. Collecting works for the last 250 years, this incredible museum has artifacts from the stone ages all the way to the 20th century representing the finest in culture and art from all over the world. This spectacular museum has 1057 exquisitely decorated rooms and halls, 1786 intricate doors and 1945 beautiful windows. This unbelievable creation was started by Catherine the Great when she purchased 255 paintings from the city of Berlin and took over the estate from Empress Elizabeth when she died. It has been said that if you looked at each exhibit here for just a minute, it would take you 11 years to see it all. That is quite understandable considering the artists that are represented here; da Vinci, Rodin, Renoir, Gaugin, Michelangelo, Matisse, Rapheal, Van Gogh, Titian, Pissarro, Rembrandt, Monet, Rubens, Manet and Cezanne.

  • Peterhof Palace and Garden
    Sitting on a cliff, above the Baltic Sea, Peter the Great built his extravagant summer house or palace with majestic gardens and fountains, galleries and buildings to house the entire court in the summer. It lies about 16 miles outside of the city he had built from the ground up.  An unusual distinguishing feature of the upper and lower gardens is the 52 foot cliff separating the two. The lower is only 110 feet from the shoreline stretching 220 yards long with over 250 acres included. It was Peter's beloved area out of the whole estate and he spent many hours there enjoying the surroundings and the beautiful view of the harbor.  Throughout the garden areas over 80 marble statues and sculptures beautify the area.

  • Tsarskoye Selo
    During the 17th century the estate belonged to a Swedish nobleman, but when Peter the Great defeated them in a naval battle, he took over the grounds and gave them to his future wife, Catherine.  She started the Annunciation Church in 1724 and engaged Bartolomeo Rastrelli to design her stately palace.  Catherine II and her architect Charles Cameron enlarged the structure to include the well known Cameron Gallery.  Surrounded by incredible gardens and parks, many beautiful structures are within; Marble Bridge, Chesme Column, Creaking Pagoda, Dutch Admiralty and Rumyantsev Obelisk.  In the Alexander Park the Chinese Village is an awesome array of buildings.  It soon became a very popular place for the nobility of the court who spent their summers on the grounds.

Saint Petersburgn circusThe Bolshoi State Saint-Petersburg circus
The circus has been a favorite in Saint Petersburg since the late 18th century, playing at first in the many squares, then having a building of wood constructed to house all the equipment and animals. Over the years, wooden buildings weren't study enough for the many different kinds of performances, so they built one of stone. Here circus actors from all over the world went to learn, create, act and take part in the greatest show on earth. People from all walks loved going to the circus to watch the mimics, clowns, riders, actors and showmen perform marvelous feats of entertainment. The first time an ice arena in the circus was in the Saint Petersburg circus, as were many others. A school was opened to train future performers learning the intricacies of circus acts and people came from all over to be trained as the best circus performers. Here also, the bear act came into being becoming a favorite loved by all. Many of the performers started dynasties in the circus world with generations of performers starting early and learning from the world's best. Jugglers, clowns of all kinds, illusionists and musicians enriched the experiences of those attending and still continue to do so. In 1928, a museum was added to the many buildings now part of the circus complex with antiquities beyond imagination. In 1999, the circus went on the internet and today is called the Bolshoi State Saint Petersburg circus with a day filled with fantasy, fun and laughter.

Peter and Paul Cathedral
Built on the orders of Peter the Great, in 1703, the fortress of Peter and Paul was made of earth and wood, to protect the city. Set on the island of Hare, the structure was rebuilt with 20,000 laborers using stone, from 1706 until 1740. It was used to house the soldiers stationed to the city and any political prisoners that earned the disfavor of the latest tsar. The site was changed to a museum in 1924 and in 1931, the Gas Dynamics laboratory was added to the other various buildings erected there over the years. Many famous and infamous Russians were sent there, with some escaping and many dying. Today, the museum, the mint building and two bastions remain showing the terrible conditions that existed for the prisoners that had to stay there. Each noon, a single cannon is fired in respect to an age old tradition. Below the walls, one of the city's most favorite beaches is located on white sandy stretches; with many festivals being held there. The central building to all this remains the exquisite cathedral of Peter and Paul, the two apostles; holding the tombs of the emperors and empresses starting with Peter the Great and going until Alexander III. It is the first stone church in the city and is designed so uniquely different from the other churches in the country, also being the tallest in the city. Sitting on the gilded spire of the cathedral is a golden angel holding a cross.

Restaurants in Saint Petersburg Russia
  • Shinok Ukrainian
    It has been said that this Ukranian restaurant is the best in Saint Petersburg because of the chef that prepares all the meals. Definitely unique considering the live animals that are within the enclosure in the center of the establishment. Many years ago, the small taverns in the Ukraine were called "shinoks", hence the name. Designed to resemble a Ukrainian home, there is a thatched roof and large oak front door. Clay walls with beautifully crafted embroideries hanging, with pots, pans and other kitchen utensils adorning the shelves. Some of the animals include, chickens, pigs, rabbits and often a cow. The meals include; vareniki (large Ukrainian ravioli with various fillings, cherries, curds, raspberry sauce, etc.), pirozhki and borsch. Ukrainian vodka, gorilka, pickled cucumbers and Kiev's pork fat with garlic are also available. Crimean wines are available. The music in the background is traditional Ukrainian and the atmosphere is one of fun and enjoyment.
  • Bagration
    While the neighborhood is growing again, this restaurant with its sleek hall offers up some excellent food in a great atmosphere. An open grill sits in the middle sizzling with all kinds of savory delicacies and smelling like the great outdoors grill. The food for the most part is Georgian, with Uzbek and Azerbaijani dishes available. Lamb kebabs and fat spicy sausages are the main fair with lamb-rice pilaf also a favorite. With Caucasus Mountain sabers and wine bottles arrayed along the walls, the ambiance is delightful. The Georgian wines are more to the sweet and heavy tastes which most diners prefer in this restaurant, as the French labels are more expensive. A quick and tasteful meal is the khachapuri, much like pizza dough with Georgian cheeses on top. Sounds great doesn't it?
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  • Yusupov Palace
    Once the opulent home of Prince Felix Yusupov, this long yellow building along the Moika River, was the place of one of the most notorious murders in Russia's history. Near the end of 1917, the noble elite, with a Grand Duke and the prince, conspired and committed the murder of Grigory Rasputin. This former peasant and self proclaimed holy man eventually ingratiated himself into the favors of the Tsar and his family, supposedly becoming a threat to the already distressed empire.  The death of Rasputin remains as much a mystery as his life was, but tours will take you through the auspicious interiors of the palace relating the details and stories about this eerie experience.
  • Catherine's Palace
    Originally built in 1717, Catherine's palace was built as a summer house for herself and her handmaidens on the magnificent estate of her husband Peter the Great. In 1733, her daughter Empress Anna had the palace enlarged to satisfy her needs, and in 1752, Empress Elizabeth had it razed and a new one constructed in its place. The reconstruction took four years and created an incredible palace beyond opulence, becoming famous for its obscenely lavish exterior. Over 1000 feet long, with over 200 pounds of gold to create the stucco facade front, beautiful statues adorning the roofline and rumors stated the roof itself was solid gold, this was truly decadent. An enormous formal garden was created in the front yard of the palace, adding to the awe inspiring creation. Catherine's granddaughter, Catherine the Great was appalled at the expense of all the construction continuing on; some of the park's statues were actually being covered in gold, so she had it all stopped. It is terribly tragic that the Nazis destroyed the palace during the second World War; although some of its contents were removed before the Germans arrived. It is in the process of being restored, however, due to the enormous amount of funds it will take, it could be quite a while.

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  • Zoological Museum zoological museum in saint petersburg
    At the zoological museum in Saint Petersburg, over 17 million species are part of this incredible collection. Housed in a 19th century house, only about half a million can be displayed at one time. With huge dinosaurs, whale skeletons and behemoth mammoths, an indescribable butterfly collection, stuffed birds and animals are exhibited to the delight and amazement of visitors from all over the world. While the displays are older and simple compared to the high tech glitz of many newer museums, money is being attracted to modernize the collection and the environment it sits in. Started in 1832, it has grown over the years to become this impressive marvelous museum that is a favorite for the thousands that come to stand in awe of thess great displays.
  • Pavlovsk Palace and Park
    In 1777, Catherine II gave almost 1000 acres to her son Paul on the birth of his first child. Set along the Slavyanka River, Pavlovsk gets its name from the Russian name Pavel or Paul. In 1780, Scottish architect Charles Cameron designed a neoclassical grand palace with a large English park around the palace with statues, bridges, colonnades and temples. It was a place enjoyed by the elite of Saint Petersburg and the first railroad in the country was built to facilitate transportation to the royal family between the palace and the city. The station was later used as a concert hall for the greats such as Schumann, Liszt and Johan Strauss II. This is the best preserved palace outside of the city since it wasn't devastated as much as the others by the Nazi invasion. It is also the birthplace of Russian scouting in 1910.
  • The Kunstkammer (Museum of Anthropology and EthnographyKunstkammer
    Peter the Great ordered that a kunstkammer (chamber of art) be created for the eccentric collectibles that he brought home from all over his travels, creating the first museum in Russia and one of the oldest in the world; in 1718. Starting with astronomical instruments, model ships, stuffed animals and tools, Peter added to the collection every time he left his country and returned with items gotten during his travels. He also collected strange body parts and freaks of nature that interested his personal quest for knowledge. The building at one time also housed the academy of sciences with memorabilia from the great Russian Lomonosov, whose interests in history, poetry and various sciences are today part of the museum's collection. The archives holds a vast storehouse of archaeological, anthropological and ethnographic pieces, totaling over a million pieces. With references to the races in Siberia, Oceania, South America and other locations visited by the Russian explorers of the 19th century; this collection is amazing. Riches were sent to the museum from all over the country including rare and exotic treasures, gold nuggets, and minerals. Today, the collection is a marvelous testament to the inquisitiveness of man and his ongoing thirst for knowledge.
  • Yelagin Palace
    Covering almost the entire island of Yelagin, the palace was purchased by the royal family in the early 19th century and renovated from 1818 until 1822 under direction of Empress Maria Fedorovna, mother to Alexander I. It is a classical gray and white structure more a mansion than a palace, with beautiful gardens all around. A favored place to stay by the royal families until the revolution of 1917. Then the Nazis destroyed almost all of it which was rebuilt to its former glory. It became a museum in 1987, with luxurious rooms like the dining room, porcelain room and oval halls. The park is magnificent and the Butter Meadow (Masliany Lug) are gorgeous manicured lawns with beautiful flowers, bushes and trees located around to enhance the glorious enchantment of the island.
  • Transfiguration CathedralTransfiguration Cathedral
    Visited more than any other cathedral in Saint Petersburg, the Transfiguration Cathedral is located in a marvelous square with a large line of cannons used to stop an attack by the Turkish army at Varna. There is also an exquisitely designed fence and two awesome icons; both historical and important. In 1741, Elizabeth came to get help from the Transfiguration regiment stationed there to overthrow her sister and become the empress. Less than 3 weeks later when she became the empress, she returned and started to built a church showing her gratitude. She actually laid the very first stone, when it was started in 1743. Consecrated on the evening before the Feast of the Transfiguration, Empress Elizabeth had it changed to a cathedral in 1754. It burned down in 1825, but was rebuilt in 1829 with the icons and iconostases saved from the first. Around the church a magnificent square was constructed with a very ornate fence with cannon trunks and granite foundations.
  • Russian Vodka Museum
    Beginning in the 15th century, vodka became the main drink of the country and a great boon to the tax coffers of the government that created laws so that only those with permission were allowed to distill and sell the nation's beverage. In the museum of Russian vodka, you will be amazed by all the various bottles, types and methods used over the last 600 years. Here is the first distilling unit, the secrets of distilling it and the ingredients in it. Guides will relate the whole astounding tale of how this drink has been involved in the history of the country. It is claimed to have influenced Peter the Great's reform acts, as well as playing a part in the defeats of the Russian army. With over 600 displays, containing the many brands, labels, bottles, posters and recipes; you will follow the history of Russia's national drink.