St. Isaac’s Cathedral

St. Isaac’s Cathedral

St. Isaac’s Cathedral can truly be considered the center of St. Petersburg – its golden dome is visible even from the Gulf of Finland. The height of the cathedral is 101.5 meters, which makes it the tallest and most majestic church in Russia. Today St. Isaac’s Cathedral is an outstanding example of Russian architecture and a mandatory destination of all city guests. Read more

The mystery of Rasputin’s murder

The mystery of Rasputin’s murder

One of the most strange and terrible murders of the early XX century happened in the cellars of the mansion. 17 Dec 1916 Grigory Rasputin, an extraordinary and mysterious person, met his end there. A simple Siberian peasant, rude and uncouth, he not only managed to become a favorite and indispensable advisor of the Royall family, but also actively interfered in the political decisions of the sovereign.Read more

The Savior on Spilled Blood

The Savior on Spilled Blood

Church of the Resurrection of Christ (also known as the Savior on Spilled Blood) is within a five minute walk from “Nevsky Prospect” metro station, alongside with The Mikhailovsky Palace Garden, the Field of Mars and the Arts Square. It is probably one of the most striking landmarks in the whole city. Read more

The Palace and Park ensemble of Pavlovsk

The Palace and Park ensemble of Pavlovsk

Pavlovsk Palace was laid in 1782. For ten years the famous architect Charles Cameron worked on the creation of the Pavlovsk ensemble. His ideas formed the basis not only for the Palace but also for the entire layout and composition of the estate with a park, bridges, walkways and garden buildings. Read more

The Mariinsky Theatre

The Mariinsky Theatre

In the distant 1783 a Bolshoi Stone Theater was built on Carousel square by decree of Catherine II and it became the ancestor of the modern Mariinsky Theatre. The Empress ordered to establishment a Theatre Committee and to give it a luxurious venue so that it could “manage shows and music” which also included finding those who could play music and create spectacles. So the first dedicated stationary theater appeared on the banks of the Neva River. Read more

The Admiralty

The Admiralty

St. Petersburg was born as a fortress city. But young naval power also need a shipyard, so Peter I planned the construction of the Admiralty. He personally examined the whole bay of the Neva river delta in search for the most effective location of the future fortress and shipyard, spending almost a week in a boat with prince Menshikov. Read more