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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.