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St Petersburg: Sights We Recommend for Inside Visits



St Petersburg: A List of Must-see Sights

Recommended for Inside Visits  


Catherine’s Palace, in Pushkin:   

The grand Baroque style palace was built for the wife of Peter The Great in the village of Pushkin. It exceeds all the other palaces with its gigantic size, the stunning façade of the palace extends for almost 1000 feet, and its unique decorations. You will have a tour of all the rooms open to the public, including the stunning Amber Room, and the Great Hall. 
You will also view a few selected parts of the more than 1,500 acres of park and gardens that surround the palace



Peterhof Estate (Petrodvorets): 

Built to rival Versailles in France, the design was drafted by Peter the Great who supervised the design of the Grand Palace and the fountains.

Visit inside the sumptuous Grand Palace and see some of the enormous fountains and beautifully landscaped gardens. 

After your interior visit of the palace, you will look down upon the Grand Cascade, the most famous fountain group, and stroll through the Lower parks and view and “experience” some of Peter's surprise creations



Peter-and-Paul Fortress:   

Built in 1703, by Peter the Great to protect his new capital, it never saw battle and became a prison for politically harmful people.  You will visit the Peter and Paul Cathedral, the traditional, ornate church that houses 18th century paintings, icons  and the tombs of many of the Romanov Dynasty Czars and Czarinas, including Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, and the last Czar, Nicholas II and his family members



The State Hermitage Museum:     

The former residential Winter Palace of the Romanov rulers, today houses one of the world's most prestigious museums where the rooms rival the art within them. Your guided tour includes both the Winter Palace and the Hermitage display rooms, which house some of the museums more than three million art works, including works by Da Vinci, Rafael, Monet, Rembrandt, Renoir, Picasso, Van Gogh - to name a few. If nothing else, this is the “must” place in St. Petersburg


Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood:      

Built on the site of the 1881 assassination (spilled blood) of Czar Alexander II. It sports a fantastic ornate Russian-style exterior of traditional colorful onion domes, ceramic tiles and colored glazed bricks. Inside you will view large works of colorful mosaic of different religious themes


St. Isaac's Cathedral (optional):     

The cathedral's massive central gold dome, one of the largest in the world, is covered with 220 pounds of pure gold and dominates the city skyline. The Cathedral was commissioned in 1818 and took more than three decades to complete. After the October Revolution of 1917 the cathedral was turned into a museum