St. Petersburg at a Glance

20 Sep

St. Petersburg is also known as Russia’s Northern Capital. Founded by Peter the Great in 1703 it used to be a Russian capital for over 200 years having accumulated an unforgettable spirit of Russian emperors, high art, lavish architecture and, of course, its people.


The city began from the Peter and Paul Fortress on small Hare Island on the Neva River.

Петропавловская крепость сверху

The Peter and Paul Cathedral is the oldest city landmark.

Петропавловский собор

The Winter Palace was the official residence of Russian monarchs from 1732 to 1917.

Зимний дворец ночью

Designed in the Baroque style it contains 1945 windows, 1500 rooms and 117 staircases. Today it houses the Hermitage Museum.

Дворцовая площадь

A monument to Peter the Great commonly referred to as the Bronze Horseman is another symbol of St. Petersburg. The statue’s pedestal is claimed to be the largest stone ever moved by man.

Медный всадник

St. Petersburg with its numerous channels, islands and bridges is often referred to as Venice of the North.

Канал 2


A small statue of the bird called Chizhik-Pyzhik is hidden on a ledge in the Fontanka Embankment. There’s a city tradition that if one makes a wish and manages to land a coin on the top of the pedestal – the wish will be fulfilled.


The city boasts 342 bridges over rivers and channels including several drawbridges across the Neva.

Развод мостов

Cruiser Aurora is preserved as a symbol of the revolution of October 1917. A blank shot from her forecastle gun signaled the start of the assault on the Winter Palace.

Крейсер Аврора

St. Isaak’s Cathedral is the city’s largest Orthodox cathedral famous for its interior and architectural solutions.

Исаакиевский собор (закат)

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is probably the most beautiful cathedral of St. Petersburg reminding the St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow.

Храм Спас на крови

St. Petersburg also enjoys white nights, a unique natural phenomena, when some nights it never gets completely dark.

Белые ночи

Nevsky Prospekt is St. Peterburg’s main street with numerous boutiques and cafes.

Невский проспект

Гостиный двор

Площадь Восстания

Вид с Невы

St. Peterburg’s suburb Peterhof is known for its great palaces, parks and gardens. Find more photos from Peterhof here.



One Response to “St. Petersburg at a Glance”

  1. nylonliving September 20, 2013 at 9:14 PM #

    Reblogged this on Just Go Places.

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