7-day trip to the Russian Federation – St. Petersburg

Visiting the Fortress of Peter and Paul , Rostral Columns, Hermitage, Admiralty, Moika River, Fontanka river, Griboyedov Canal, Canal Swan, Malaya Neva, the bridges of St. Petersburg ( Egyptian Bridge, Anichkov bridge, Bank Bridge ), Holy Trinity Cathedral, Column of Glory, Church of St. Isidore of Yuryev, Grand Choral Synagogue, Mariinskiy Theatre, Yusupov Palace, Nikolayevskiy Theatre, Academy of Fine Arts, St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Menshikov Palace, Museum Kunstkammer Twelve Colleges, Naval Museum, Peter and Paul Cathedral, Cruiser Aurora, Summer Palace, Mikhaylovsky Castle, Castle of Engineers, Field of Mars, Millionaires Street, Marble Palace, Russian Museum, Hermitage Museum, Palace Square, Alexander Column, Victory Arch, Winter Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, St. Isaac’s Square, Nevsky Prospekt, Literary Cafe, Cathedral of Santa Lady of Kazan, Stroganov Palace, Dutch Church, Duma Tower, Gostiny Dvor, Alexandrine Theatre, Church of Our Saviour, Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, Smolny Convent, Alexander Nevsky Monastery, Tikhvin Cemetery, House of the Soviets, Palace Pavlovsk, Tsarskoye Selo, Catherine Palace, Petrodvorets, Grand Cascade.

View from Peter and Paul Fortress to the Rostral Columns and sailing in the channels

There is not better way to start the tour of this wonderful city than to admire a panoramic image showing the landscape from the Peter and Paul Fortress to the Rostral Columns.

Palaces on the Neva

Palaces on the Neva

St. Petersburg

Proceeding with the Hermitage and the Admiralty building and then two splendid palaces, all of them overlooking the Neva River.
We began to explore the city sailing its channels, in particular Moika and Fontanka rivers which offer particular views .

Griboedova Canal

Griboedova Canal

St. Petersburg

Characteristic bridges

Sailing St Petersburg channels we could admire its numerous bridges, some of them are of outstanding beauty such as the Egyptian Bridge, the Bank bridge, the Lion bridge, the Anichkov bridge.

Egyptian Bridge

Egyptian Bridge

St. Petersburg

 

Bank bridge

Bank bridge

St. Petersburg

Glory Column, St Nicholas, St. Isidore of Yuryev Church and the Grand Choral Synagogue

The beautiful Trinity Cathedral was recently damaged by a fire that destroyed the main dome. Beside the Column of Glory, a memorial column dedicated to fighters of all wars whose foundation are built using cannon barrels . Nearby there is the baroque Cathedral of St. Nicholas, patron saint of sailors, with light blue and golden domes. It has a beautiful bell-tower which is detached from the church and positioned near the channel.
From the nearby Staro- Nikolsky bridge you can see seven other bridges.
Going on we met the beautiful and colorful St. Isidore of Yuryev Church and the Grand Choral Synagogue, a remarkable building recently restored.

Cathedral of St. Nicholas

Cathedral of St. Nicholas

St. Petersburg

Mariinskiy Theatre and Yusupov Palace

It is imposing the building of the famous Mariinsky Theatre with spiral columns; the decoration of the auditorium is quite rich and there is a wonderful imperial stage . The foyer is finely decorated and is enriched with doors with mirrors.

Mariinsky Theatre

Mariinsky Theatre

St. Petersburg

The impressive Yusupov Palace, overlooking the Moika river, stands out for its size and for its colour, yellow ochre. It is considered the building with the most luxurious interior and the best preserved palace of the city.

Nikolayevskiy Theatre and folk show

Preceded by a beautiful flowery garden, Nikolayevskiy Theatre has got an huge entrance staircase .
From a side room, small and unsuitable (there were two columns covering the view of the stage ) we saw a good folk show with many dancers.

Nikolayevskiy Theatre

Nikolayevskiy Theatre

St. Petersburg

Academy of Fine Arts, St. Andrew’s Cathedral and Menshikov Palace

We continued our tour crossing the Neva river. We went on the Lieutenant Smidt bridge and entered the Vasilevsky Island.
The Academy of Fine Arts overlooks the Neva river with a staircase embellished with two Egyptian sphinxes of the fourteenth century BC whereas the St. Andrew’s Cathedral is located on the Bolshoi Avenue where there are several beautiful palaces .
The Menshikov Palace which overlooks the Neva river, was a dépendance of Peter the Great. Its interior rooms are very interesting and well preserved.

Academy of Fine Arts

Academy of Fine Arts

St. Petersburg

Museum of Anthropology (Kunstkammer), Twelve Colleges, Rostral columns and Naval Museum

Going further, another building faces the Neva river, it is the baroque Kunstkamera building which hosts the Museum of Anthropology.
Just inside we saw the long building called the Twelve Colleges built by Peter the Great to house his twelve Ministries.
The island ends with the two massive Rostral columns, ancient lighthouses , decorated with ship prows to symbolize naval victories .
Between the columns stands the imposing building of the Naval Museum, topped by a sculpture of the god Neptune.

Naval Museum

Naval Museum

St. Petersburg

Fortress, Peter and Paul Cathedral and tombs of the Romanov

Peter and Paul Fortress is characterized by solid bastions which are unhappily known because they were used as prison.
Inside, there are several historical buildings; the most important is the Peter and Paul Cathedral characterized by a beautiful golden spire which features at its top an angel as weather-vane.
The cathedral hosts the tombs of the Romanov.

Peter and Paul Fortress

Peter and Paul Fortress

St. Petersburg

Peter the Great’s wooden house, Shih Tze frog-lions and cruiser Aurora

A brick pavilion, built by Catherine the Great, protects against the elements the wooden house occupied by Peter the Great during the six years of the construction of the first buildings in St. Petersburg. On the steps outside, just on the Neva quay, two statues of Shih Tze frog-lions show off in all their beauty.
The cruiser Aurora is famous for having signaled the start of the assault on the Winter Palace in 1917.
It is also beautiful the nearby monument: the “Glory to Russia”.
Cruiser Aurora

Cruiser Aurora

St. Petersburg

Summer Palace, Ivan Krylon’s statue, Mikhajlovskij castle (or castle of the engineers) and Field of Mars

The Summer Palace is the first brick residence of Peter the Great and is adorned with bas-reliefs representing the victorious Russian naval battles. The interior is spartan but decorous, not comparable to the magnificence of the palaces built in the following years (see for example Menshikov Palace).
The Summer Palace is surrounded by the homonymous garden in which stands a beautiful statue of the writer Ivan Krylon. On the pedestal there are bas-reliefs depicting the animals described in his fables.
Just outside the garden we met the Mikhaylovsky Castle, known as the Castle of Engineers, and the Field of Mars, a huge park in the middle of which burns the Eternal Flame commemorating the victims of the Bolshevik Revolution and, finally, the statue of the great strategist, General Suvorov.

Summer Palace

Summer Palace

St. Petersburg

Millionaires Street, Marble Palace, Ten Atlantes, Winter Palace and Palace Square

On the left of the Field of Mars, towards the Hermitage, Millionaires Street begins, the street owes its name to its luxurious palaces.
First of all, the Marble Palace, which hosts exhibitions of the Russian State Museum, so called for the wide variety of marbles used in its construction. In the courtyard there is the nice equestrian statue of Alexander III.
Another building with a beautiful facade is the one where the writer Honoré de Balzac lived.
On the other side of the road, nearly opposite, there is the important entrance to the Hermitage Museum with the Ten Atlantes in the act of holding the entrance.
Finally, quite close, the characteristic Hotel Moika and, in front of it, the imposing palace of the General Staff Building.
With a panoramic photo I want to show, with a single shot, the Palace Square, the Alexander Column, the Arch of Victory and the Winter Palace.

Palace Square

Palace Square

St. Petersburg