Cultural program in St. Petersburg
During your driving City-tour you will explore the most celebrated highlights of St. Petersburg in the most comfortable and engaging way. Curious historical comments and anecdotes from your English-speaking guide, photo-stops and endless charm of Palaces and Squares of the Northern Russian Capital.
Dreams come true! You will stroll around the main Street in Petersburg - Nevsky Prospect - and will feel the atmosphere of famous Dostoyevsky and Gogol novels. Planned by Peter the Great yet, the Prospect is a thoroughfare, along which plenty of sights, shopping malls of different centuries, restaurants, and nightlife locuses are concentrated.
Do not miss Senate square (former Decembrist’s square), Saint Isaac’s Cathedral and legendary Copper Horseman, which is made of bronze, in truth, and much-much more!
Above all, Saint-Petersburg is reputed to be cultural capital of Russia due to the biggest Russian Museum – the Hermitage. Founded by enlighten empress Catherine the Great in 18th century this gallery occupies 6 buildings and owns a spectacular (3 million items large) collection of world art. West-European art collection rules over 120 rooms; Russian art from the 11th to 19th centuries and gold rooms collections are inevitable for people interested in Russia and art.
Today baroque azure-and-white Winter Palace is a part of the State Hermitage Museum, but back to its origin and purpose it was the main residence of Russian monarchs aimed at impressing guests with grandeur of the building symbolizing the might of the Monarch and State itself. In almost 200 years of the Palace’s existence it has sheltered circa 10 governments.
You have the possibility to feel the history in magnificent halls of the Winter Palace during the private guided tour. No worries, the Hermitage tickets are already arranged for you and included in the Program fees!
Peter the Great, westernizer of Russia, started his pia desiderata’s – Saint-Petersburg – history 1703 on Hare Island by the north bank of the Neva river with construction of Peter and Paul fortress. This citadel served as a base for the city garrison and as a prison: many famous people like the Decembrists, F. Dostoevsky, M. Gorky, L. Trotsky were incarcerated in there. To see what became of the hollow place today you must check it yourself on your trip to this “Russian Bastille”.
Palace Square just before the Winter Palace is one of the most distinctive touristic highlights of Petersburg and it leads to the Palace bridge – a bascule cast-iron bridge to Vasilievsky Island. The image of this bridge is one of the most familiar images from Russian’s Northern capital and is part of famous and exotic tradition of night bridge raisings, which practically leaves townspeople locked, unable to traverse the Neva river and get to the other Petersburg island.
In old times Russia had bright laic side, but also strong religious tradition, so the magnificent capital like St. Petersburg needed a magnificent church.
Saint Isaac’s Cathedral as we see it today appeared under the order of Tsar Alexander I and was the 5th consecutive church on same-named square. It took 40 years and incredible sum of 1 000 000 gold roubles to erect this neoclassical basilica - largest orthodox basilica in the world!
Since the foundation of the State Russian Museum in 1895 by Nicholas II, this museum enlarged its collection of Russian art to the biggest in the world – it has more than 400 000 items, covering all periods and the most significant schools of Russian fine arts history. The museum itself has 5 buildings: palaces and several gardens – a doubtless “must see” for russophils!
The Church of the Saviour on (spilled) Blood, looking similar to Saint Basils’s Cathedral in Moscow, was built on the place, where in 1881 tsar Alexander III was deadly wounded. This beautiful Church wears 9 gilded or enamelled cupolas on the outside and has a rich collection of mosaic inside. Despite the construction in traditionalistic Russian style, the building was up-to-date equipped – it was electrified from the beginning in 1907.
Soviet government has paid almost no attention to the incredible architecture of the Church and it should have been deconstructed. Fortunately, the demolition has been postponed and you are welcome to examine magnificent interiors and facades of this significant monument.
Doubtless, the tsar also needed some rest from the bad weather, so for summer he went way from the place he worked: he went to freshly started Peterhof Palace, which is evolved to the whole ensemble of gardens and beautiful building, recognized as UNESCO world heritage site. “Russian Versaille” is the MUST-see place in warm sunny summer day: blue sky, cascade fountains with gilded sculptures and iridescent splash - you will be impressed!
Created / Updated: 13 December 2016 / 5 January 2017
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