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Touring St. Petersburg, Russia

Touring St. Petersburg, Russia


SIGHTS TO SEE

Your visit to St. Petersburg is longer than usual, for good reason. The city’s center is a Unesco World Heritage Site, with most sights within a half-mile of Palace Square and the Hermitage. That grand museum’s collection of European masterworks is several day’s study in its own right. Daytime crowds and tour pressures make it difficult to savor; art lovers will prefer an evening tour. Nearby St. Isaac’s Cathedral is the world’s fourth-largest, with echos of St. Peter’s in Rome. Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is famous for its elaborate mosaics and medieval Russian style. The Spit of Vasilievsky Island is a prime spot for viewing the grandest part of the Neva waterfront. Peter & Paul Fortress, across the Neva from The Hermitage, encloses Peter and Paul Cathedral, with its thin spire. This is the burial place of the tsars. Nevsky Prospekt, the great shopping street, begins at The Hermitage. The richly furnished Yusupov Palace is where Rasputin met his end, and nearby St. Nicholas Marine Cathedral is worth a stop if you’re in the area. Mariinsky Theatre (and several others) figure in evening excursions at the ballet, but don’t count on seeing a first-rank company. The Russian Folklore Show is a favorite of cruisers. A 25 mi. drive to the south, Catherine Palace is the palace to see, and Pavlovsk (Paul’s Palace) is known for its opulent rooms, hunting park, and formal gardens. Peterhof, a 22 mi. drive to the west, by the sea, was Peter the Great’s summer getaway (a cottage by regal standards). The draw here is the spectacular fountains and grounds.

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