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The symbol of Saint Petersburg - onion-domed cathedral that stands out from the neo-classical surroundings of the city center. The church is decorated with lots of mosaics inside and outside, and the domes are covered with colorful enamels. The church was built on the very place where Tsar Alexander II was mortally wounded in 1881.
The newly restored General Staff building houses the part of the Hermitage art collection, stunning works of art of the 19th and 20th centuries, including French Impressionists & Post-Impressionists.
Permanent exhibits include:
French Pastels of the 19th and 20th Centuries
The Cabinet of the Artist's Book
The Carl Fabergé Memorial Rooms
Sergey Shchukin and the Morozov Brothers Memorial Gallery (the primary collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art of the Hermitage)
French Painting and Sculpture of the 19th Century
Western European Art of the 19th Century. (Germany, Holland, Belgium)
The Age of Art Nouveau
The exhibition of the Art of the Empire (early 19th century), called "Under the Sign of the Eagle."
The museum of the Russian Guard (18th century)
The Russian Foreign Ministry exhibition
The Russian Ministry of Finance exhibition
A relaxing walk in Peterhof Lower Gardens with a scenic view of hundreds of fountains. It's a real engineering masterpiece with no pumps, but with a unique location, selected specially to make this miracle happen. The force of gravity provides all the strength and the power of the fountains. A great photo opportunity for keen photographers. Take some time to see the surrounding gardens and Peter's villa Monplaisir. Unfortunately, in winter, the fountains are turned off, and wooden boxes cover the garden statues.
St. Isaac's Cathedral is dedicated to Peter the Great's favorite saint. It is the largest cathedral in Russia and ranks among the largest basilicas of the world. It was built between 1818 and 1858, by the French-born architect Auguste Montferrand, to be one of the most impressive landmarks of the Russian Imperial capital. It's not only the remarkable structure but also the collection of the greatest engineering innovations. One hundred and eighty years later, the gilded dome of St. Isaac's still dominates the skyline of St. Petersburg. Although the cathedral is considerably smaller than the newly rebuilt Church of Christ the Savior in Moscow, it boasts much more impressive fades and interiors.
This fortress, built to deflect Swedish raids, was the city's very first structure. While the view from the fortress ramparts is fantastic, the main attraction is Trezzini's Peter and Paul Cathedral, built in 1712. Almost all Romanov tsars, including Nicholas II, are buried here. There are several other museums scattered around the fortress grounds, like the political prison museum or St. Petersburg history exhibition, and you can buy a special day ticket which enables access to all.
Explore this recently renovated breathtakingly beautiful Grand Choral Synagogue. It's a beautiful building, hidden in the narrow streets of Kolomna district, hiding Europe's 2nd largest Synagogue. It is just a quick stop on your way to the suburbs or during your city tour.
You are welcome to discuss your sightseeing interests and plan your day when you meet the guide. We highly recommend setting up an itinerary in advance with one of our managers, though! Having a tentative plan will allow us to provide your tour guide with museum vouchers that can be used to skip waiting in lines in most popular and crowded museums.
Please note that some museums do require appointments to guarantee admission during high season and to avoid 2-3 hrs lines. Among such museums is Catherine's palace in the Tzar's Village (Tsarskoye Selo), Hermitage Museum, Peterhof Grand Palace.
Individual museums are impossible to visit without prior arrangements, like Yusupov Palace.
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