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Welcome to Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg, Russia, Catherine palace

Saint Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, crossed by many channels, with more than 600 bridges. There are numerous palaces, cathedrals, museums and historical monuments. In 1990, the city was included in UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List.

Center of St. Petersburg is the great avenue Nevsky Prospekt, with a length of 4.5 kilometers, ending at one end of the Winter Palace (Hermitage Museum), the Admiralty and St. Isaac Cathedral and the other end - the Lavra Alexandro-Nevskaia. One side of Nevsky Prospekt is: Sheremetev palace, Anitcikov palace and Stroganov palace, Dutch Church, Catholic Church, Armenian Church and Lutheran Church; Kazanski Sobor Cathedral, and numerous luxury shops, art galleries, cafes and cabarets.

On the Boulevard must go on foot to feel the liveliness and spirit of this wonderful city. North of Nevsky Prospekt lies romantic St. Petersburg: Summer Garden (Letnisad), art market, dozens of bridges thrown over the canals. We should not omit the Saviour Church (masterpiece of new-russian architecture), Marble Palace, Castle of Engineers and Russian Museum. To the south, lies and Mariinsky Palaces Yusupov, Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, Sadovaia shopping street, Market Theatre, Market and Fair Sennaia them Gostnii Dvor and many other local attractions.

At the end of Nevsky Prospekt, lined the shore Neve raises towering baroque and classical monuments of the city. Among them, the huge Palace Square, with its jewel, the Winter Palace, which houses precious collections of the Hermitage Museum, St. Isaac's Cathedral, with sumptuous interior, rich iconostasis painted ceiling in 1847. Golden dome of the cathedral (101.5 meters) dominates the majestic city roofs, and the colonnade offer a great views.

The most important museum Russia, the Hermitage Museum is a place for fundamental understanding of history, culture and spirit of Russia. Hermitage Complex contains: Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, the Great (Old) Hermitage, New Hermitage and Hermitage Theatre. These five buildings, made in the eighteenth century and nineteenth century, although their style completely different by variety, form a single complex, sumptuous shelter of one of the most impressive and decorative art collections worldwide. The museum is organized in departments: primitive culture, Oriental art, ancient world, Russia, Western European art (two sections) and numismatics. During the Nazi siege, all of Hermitage paintings were housed in safe places, outside buildings. The exhibits include almost 3 million of assets.

On the left bank of the river Neva is Vassilievsky island, the largest in the Neva’s Delta. This area is home to museums, several academies and the University of St. Petersburg.Here is the Pushkin Museum, the Museum of Russian Literature, Central Navy Museum, Zoological Museum, Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography Kunstkamera, St. Andrew Cathedral, St. Catherine Cathedral, Menshikov Palace.

On another island in the delta Neve, Rabbit Island, is St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaia Krepost), whose construction in 1703 marked the birth of the city designed by Peter the Great Bastion Trubetkoi. The fort was built to defend the Russian Empire of Sweden, the Baltic Sea. Here are cruiser Aurora and Peter's house, a modest wooden checkbox, the oldest in the city where King lived during his first palace building.

At the other end of Nevsky Prospekt is the Alexandro-Nevskaia Lavra, founded in 1710, formed the Church of the Annunciation (1725) and Holy Trinity Cathedral in yellow tones and classic style, the Baroque facades contrasting with red monastery. Here is the Academy and Moscow Orthodox Seminary and the hotel.