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

The fountains of Peterhof

The fountains of Peterhof

Today Peterhof is the most popular of all the Petersburg suburbs. Its palaces and fountains impress the most sophisticated travelers. Each of Peterhof fountains is a jewel in its unique and luxurious collection. If you want to find yourself in a dreamland, come to Peterhof and take a walk in its enchanting parks among fabulous fountains. Read more

Treasures of the Yusupov Palace

Treasures of the Yusupov Palace

Saint Petersburg is rich in sights. Its palaces and museums are not only full of real treasures, works of art and historical artifacts, but also keep many secrets and mysteries. The palace of the ancient princely family of the Yusupov is situated on the Moika river embankment. It is famous not only for its luxurious interiors and richness of the stored items, but also for being a landmark in Russian history. Read more

4 places to enjoy Russian cuisine

4 places to enjoy Russian cuisine

Russian cuisine is a very capacious concept. There is an old traditional Russian cuisine with pancakes, pies and kissel (jelly). And there is Russian cuisine which took shape much later. In this sense, dumplings, olivier (Russian salad) and beef Stroganoff are Russian meals too. We have compiled a selection of restaurants in which anyone will be able to get acquainted with all facets of Russian national cuisine. Read more

The Amber room

The Amber room

The Amber room is the gem of the Catherine Palace and one of the most famous interiors, created in the XVIII century. The history of the Amber room was steeped in mystery from the very beginning and became a peculiar symbol of relations between Russia and Germany. Read more

The Hermitage must-see list (part  2)

The Hermitage must-see list (part 2)

The works of the Impressionists (Monet, Renoir, Degas, Sisley, Pissarro) are widely presented on the third floor of the Hermitage with Claude Monet’s “Woman in the Sainte-Adresse garden ” (Claude Monet, Femme au jardin, 1867) being one of the true gems of the collection. Read more