Top St. Petersburg Russia attractions & sights
Here are the top St. Petersburg attractions and sights that are the most well-known and recognized by many of those who have had the opportunity to visit St. Petersburg and Russia.
|The Hermitage Museum is the largest museum in Russia, St. Petersburg's top attraction and one of the largest museums in the world.
It rivals with such world-famous museums as Louvre in France, the National Gallery, the British Museum in England, and The Prado Museum in Spain. Its collection numbers over 3,000,000 works of art with major display occupying 365 rooms of The Winter Palace, Little, Old and New Hermitage, and The General Staff building. Read more ...
|The Gold Room is a treasure gallery located in The Hermitage Museum. Two sections demonstrate: the gold jewelry of ancient nomadic tribes of Russia and jewelry pieces from The Gallery of Jewelry of The Imperial Hermitage that was created in more recent times. The Gold Room collection of antiquities includes a large number of gold artifacts: bracelets, rings, earrings, female and male clothing decorations. Read more ...|
|Catherine's Palace is the most ornate, luxurious and grandiose summer palace in St. Petersburg famous for its precious Amber Room. Originally a small 2-storey building presented by the loving husband (Emperor Peter the Great) to his Czarina Ekaterina, it later became a grand baroque palace amazing foreign guests with its over-the-top Imperial decor. Read more ...|
|The Amber Room is located in Catherine the Great's Palace in Pushkin town. Here you can learn the story of The Amber Room's creation, loss and reconstruction written by the art historian Dr. Burkhardt Göres who had followed with close attention The Amber Room reconstruction progress since his first trip to Leningrad in 1967. Read more ...|
|Faberge Egg Museum is one of the newest museums in St Petersburg. It holds a fabulous collection, including the largest collection of Faberge eggs to be found anywhere in the world – even in Russia, only the Moscow armoury comes close to rivalling the exhibition.|
|Peterhof (from Dutch - PeterHoff, meaning in English - Peter's Yard) is the most spectacular Russian site, often called 'The Capital of Fountains' or 'The Russian Versailles'. It was modeled after the original French Versailles which Czar Peter the Great had visited during his 'Grand Embassy' to Europe in 1697. Read more ...|
|Grand Peterhof Palace is the central part of Peterhof ensemble. Its elegant 3-storey façade is flanked with glass galleries and the shining gilded domes of Peterhof Church and Coat-of-Arms pavilion which can be seen from far away. Grand Peterhof Palace stands on a 16-m terrace above Peterhof Lower Park. Peter the Great first developed his idea to create Peterhof in 1714. He personally drew up sketches of the future Peterhof Palace and park. Read more ...|
|Pavlovsk is both the name of the town and a museum complex in St. Petersburg suburbs about 30 km (19 miles) away from the city and just 5 km (2 miles) away from Catherine Palace. The Park and Palace ensemble of Pavlovsk was a gift from Catherine the Great to her son Paul upon birthday of Paul's first child Alexander in 1777. Paul was the somewhat neglected son of Catherine the Great because she always considered him a rival to the throne after death of her husband Peter III. Shunted aside by her in favor of Alexander, Paul was very anxious to assume the title of Czar. Read more ...|
|St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg is the most impressive construction of 19th century Russia. Everything about the cathedral is done on a grand scale. Heavy granite columns of the porticos (40,000 pounds each), carried on barges from Finnish quarries and manually installed on the site (special scaffolding and man power was required for their lifting), massive bronze doors and gilded dome (220 pounds of gold was used). Read more ...|
|Spilled Blood Church (Resurrection church) is one of St. Petersburg's most romantic sites. Although its history suggests it is far from romantic. It was built on the site of Czar Alexander's II assassination in 1881 when a terrorist threw a bomb at the Czar's carriage. His son Alexander III built a memorial church on this spot. The pseudo-Russian style was chosen intentionally. The church would stand out from the rest of European architecture of St. Petersburg and remind all of the assassination and Russia's grief. Read more ...|
|To maintain Russian ascendancy in the Baltic Sea, Emperor Peter the Great established a fort, named Sankt Petersburg, later Peter & Paul Fortress. The very centre of the Fortress is Peter & Paul Cathedral. At its height of 122,5 m (366FT) it makes the tallest architectural construction in the city. The cathedral played the prime role in the religious and political life of Russia since St. Petersburg had become its capital in 1712 all the way up to 1918. It was also a symbolic centre of the Russian Empire as it is a burial site of many of the imperial family. Read more ...|
|The Russian Museum of St. Petersburg boasts of the world-famous collection of Russian art and has a status of a national art gallery. It houses more than 300,000 items, including numerous samples of old Russian art and handicrafts, painting and sculpture, tens of thousands of drawings, water-colors and engraving, and additionally, priceless works of decorative and applied art. Read more ...|
|The Yusupovs' Palace on The Moika became the Yusupovs' family residence in 1820 and until the Bolshevik Revolution remained the home of the wealthiest nobles in all Russia. The Yusupovs' Palace on The Moika is notoriously famous for the murder of Rasputin which took place in one of the cell rooms on 16-17 December, 1916. Read more ...|
|Alexandria is a romantic landscape park stretching along the Gulf of Finland, east from the vast Peterhof Lower Park. 'Alexandria' park is called after Empress Alexandra, spouse of Nickolas I Romanov. Its grounds and its cozy English gothic cottage were especially designed for Empress Alexandra to spend her summer days away from St. Petersburg. Presented as a gift, it in fact became a summer residence of Nickolas' family. Read more ...|
|Canal cruise through St. Petersburg canals will let you view the city from a different perspective, admire its graceful house facades, ornate palaces of Russian nobility, pass under hundreds of its arched bridges. St. Petersburg inherited many features from its European 'sister cities' Venice and Amsterdam. Its similar location on islands and winding rivers determined St. Petersburg architectural look. The city boasts of more than 400 bridges connecting the scattered islands of The Neva estuary into a single well-shaped ensemble. Read more ...|
|St. Petersburg Choral Synagogue. The history of St. Petersburg Jewish community has kept its official count since 1802, when the first record in the community book 'pinchas' was made. However, throughout the 18th century Jews used to come to the capital of Russian Empire and stay there for long periods of time. Read more ...|
|This impressive Siege of Leningrad museum captures the difficulties of life during the Blockade. Though much smaller than its original layout, it still has many of eerie exhibits documenting the 900-day WWII siege of the city, when people were reduced to eating sawdust cakes, or bran fried in motor oil, or even cats. Read more ...|
|St. Petersburg Metro is considered the deepest metro in the world at its average depth. St. Petersburg metro was opened on 15th, November, 1955 and originally had 8 stations: from Plozhad Vosstaniya to Avtovo. Those are the most beautiful stations of all. Today there are 5 lines 122 km long, 65 metro stations and 70 metro vestibules. Read more ...|
|Cruiser Aurora is considered the most famous symbol of The October Revolution and the most recognizable symbol of Leningrad and present day St. Petersburg Read more ...|