Saint Petersburg - Russia
Saint Petersburg: history on the banks of the Moika river
If you’re going to visit St. Petersburg you can’t miss out on the most emblematic sites of the city. Saint Isaac Cathedral is an obligatory stop on your trip since it’s perhaps the most grandiose church in the city (and that’s really saying something). You also cannot miss the great Peter and Paul Fortress, where a large number of Russian Tzars were laid to rest.
From the St. Isaac Church to the Church of the Savior on Blood
The St. Isaac Cathedral, built by a French architect between 1818 and 1858, is the most emblematic church in the city. It’s decorated with 43 types of stones, including marble, malachite, and lapis lazuli and uses over 100 kilos (220 pounds) of gold adorns the church’s dome. Inside this magnificent architectural accomplishment there are over 400 pieces of artwork, for which reason the St. Isaac Church has also functioned as a museum since 1931. Visitors can climb up to the top of the dome to take in spectacular views of the St. Petersburg.
Another must-see in the St. Petersburg is the Church of the Savior on Blood. Its colorful architecture makes its one of the most iconic sites of the St. Petersburg and Russia. It is located on the bank of the Griboyedov Canal and was built between 1883 and 1907 in the site where Tzar Alexander II of Russia was assassinated.
Visit sites of St. Petersburg: The Peter and Paul Fortress
In order to discover the origins of the city, one must take a walk through the Peter and Paul Fortress. This is where the construction of St. Petersburg began in 1703 under the order of Peter the Great. From 1720 it served as housing for citizens as well as a jail for political prisoners.
Within the the great fortress St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral is located, home to the tombs of the tsars since Peter the Great until Nicholas II and his family. Additionally, since 1924 a large part of the fortress has been converted into a museum.
Hire a tour guide in St. Petersburg and discover its true history
If you are going to visit St. Petersburg and you don’t want to miss out any part of this Russian city’s fascinating history, hire a private tour guide and discover all the emblematic sites of the city and the history behind them. Book your bilingual tour guide now and enjoy the experience!