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Top 10 places in Saint-petersburg

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Visit Columns Rostrales

Columns Rostrales

These 32 m high columns, built in 1811 by Thomas of Thomon, recall the Greek and Roman custom of exposing the prows of the captured ships. In the Forum of Rome, an elevated place for speeches was decorated with Prow of captured or sunk ships. Here, the columns had a purpose both decorative and... Read more

Visit Kunstkamera (House of Curiosities)

Kunstkamera (House of Curiosities)

It is located in the beautiful Baroque building of 1727 designed by Georg Mattarnovy: its imposing mass is lightened by the beautiful tower that overcomes it, a beautiful green color. Peter the Great had been in Holland in 1697 and had attended the conferences of the most famous anatomist Frederic... Read more

Visit Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul

Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul

Peter the Great, very open to Western influences, wanted a different church from the traditional Russian churches; He therefore commissioned Domenico Trezzini to build a baroque, original church. The architect built this elegant church between 1712 and 1733, whose great originality is this very... Read more

Visit Cathedral of Saint Isaac

Cathedral of Saint Isaac

It is the work of Auguste Montferrand who supervised the works from 1828 to 1858. The plan of this neo-classical cathedral did not please the commission of choice, which found it too repetitive with its 4 faces almost identical. It was Tsar Alexander I who imposed the architect. It was necessary to... Read more

Visit The buildings of the Hermitage

The buildings of the Hermitage

Catherine II built the Petit Ermitage from 1764 to 1775 by Vallin de la Mothe and Youri Velten, to escape from time to time the tumult of the Court. She built the Grand Ermitage from 1771 to 1787 by Yuri Velten to showcase her collection of works of art. From 1839 to 1851, Nicolas I had Le Nouvel... Read more

Visit The Hermitage Museum

The Hermitage Museum

It is one of the largest museums in the world. Originally, Catherine II had bought 2500 masterpieces, 10,000 drawings, countless engraved precious stones; This collection expands many objects after the revolution, with spoliations and nationalizations. The museum has many departments: prehistory,... Read more

Visit Saint Savior's Church on the Blood

Saint Savior's Church on the Blood

Alexander III had this church built on the plans of Alfred Parland and Ignace Malichev, at the place where Tsar Alexander II had been assassinated in 1881. Its construction lasted nearly 25 years and it seems little when one sees the complexity of The construction. The church is typically Russian... Read more

Visit Castle of Engineers

Castle of Engineers

It was built for Paul I by Vincenzo Brenna and Vassili Bajenov from 1797 to 1801: this tsar, afraid of being murdered, had ordered the construction to protect himself; For this purpose, he built moats, drawbridges and even a secret passage which would enable him to reach the March field in case of... Read more

Visit Russian Museum

Russian Museum

The palace was built by Carlo Rossi in the neo-classical style for the Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich from 1819 to 1825. Nicholas II installed a public museum there in 1898, devoted to Russian art. The icons of ancient art resemble the Byzantine icons and yet differentiate themselves: "... Read more

Visit Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan

Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan

This Orthodox Cathedral was commissioned by Paul I in 1801, just before his death, to the architect Andrei Vorokhinin; He built it between 1801 and 1810 in the neo-classical style. The 96 columns in semicircles, in 4 rows, in front of the church, and the high cupola of 80 m, are obviously inspired... Read more

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