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Sightseeing in St Petersburg

Parks in St Petersburg

Botanical Garden

This botanic garden is a home to more than 12,000 species of plants, including the unique Queen of the Night, which blooms just one night a year.
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Summer Garden

The oldest park in St. Petersburg, the Summer Garden was laid out in 1704 by order of Peter the Great. He also drew up the original plan for the garden, where is located  Russia’s oldest collection of park sculptures.
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Tauride Garden

Located in the grounds of the Tauride Palace, was a home to Catherine the Great’s favorite Grigory Potemkin, this park was seriously damaged during the Siege of Leningrad, but has been restored.
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Alexander Garden

Named after Tsar Alexander II, this is St. Petersburg’s most central park, located right behind the Admiralty and opposite the Hermitage. Here is located a wonderful illuminated musical fountain.
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Field of Mars

Named after the Roman god of war, the Field of Mars was a  setting for military parades and drills for imperial guards regiments. Its layout remains unchanged, and here you can find St. Petersburg’s Eternal Flame.
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Michael Garden

A unique combination of two styles of landscape gardening: French formalism and English landscape.
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Visual Tour in St Petersburg

Palace Square and the Alexander Column

One of the most famous monuments in St Petersburg. It was erected in 1829-34 on the square in front of the Winter Palace at the command of Nicholas I. The height of the monument is 47.5 meters. This is the highest triumphal column in the world.
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The Bronze Horseman

Is an equestrian statue of Peter the Great in Saint Petersburg. Commissioned by Catherine the Great. The statue came to be known as the Bronze Horseman because of the poem’s great influence and success. The statue is now one of the symbols of Saint Petersburg.
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St Isaac’s Cathedral

Built in the first half of the 19th century by the French architect Auguste Montferrand. Is the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in the city. It is dedicated to Saint Isaac of Dalmatia, a patron saint of Peter the Great, who had been born on the feast day of that saint.
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Kazan Cathedral

Inspired by the Basilica of St. Peters in Rome. Located in the heart of St. Petersburg, the Kazan Cathedral overlooks Nevsky Prospect, the most central street of the city. The Kazan Cathedral was built between 1801 and 1811.
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Smolny Cathedral

Stunning blue-and-white cathedral and convent ensemble designed in the mid-18th century by the famous Italian Baroque architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli. Smolny Cathedral is one of the best architectural ensembles in Russian Baroque style.
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The Mikhailovsky (St. Michael’s) Castle

An impressive, fortified redbrick palace built in the late 18th century was designed and built by Carlo Rossi for the paranoid and ill-fated son of Catherine the Great, Emperor Paul I.
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Arts Square and the Russian Museum

The square’s plan was drawn up by the Italian architect Carlo Rossi. According to the “Classical” style of the day, all the buildings lining the square are similar in design and form a harmonious architectural ensemble. Here located an extensive collection of Russian art from the 12th to the 20th centuries.
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The Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood

This Church was built on the site where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated and was dedicated in his memory. This church is a lively profusion of brightly colored onion domes, glittering spires and a breathtakingly detailed mosaic interior. St. Petersburg’s answer to Moscow’s St. Basil’s Cathedral.
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The Mariinsky Opera and Ballet Theater

The impressive green-and-white theater was built in 1859. Became the preeminent music theatre of late 19th century Russia, where many of the stage masterpieces of TchaikovskyMussorgsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov received their premieres.
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The Menshikov Palace

Stunning mansion built in the early 1700s for the Governor General of St. Petersburg, Alexander Menshikov. It was the first stone building in the city. Since 1981, it has served as a public museum, a branch of the Hermitage Museum.
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The Stock Exchange and Rostral Columns

Magnificent architectural  ensemble built after the turn of the 19th century on Vasilevsky Island. Stock Exchange  is the main building in the architectural complex of The Spit of Vasilyevsky Island. Rostral Columns designed by French architect Thomas de Thomon, and inspired by the Greek Temple of Hera at Paestum, the stock exchange was constructed between 1805 and 1810.
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Main building of the Botanical Garden

Newly-recreated fountain in the Summer Garden

Tavrichesky Garden

The State Hermitage Museum and Alexander Column

St Isaac's Cathedral and Monument to Nicholas I

Smolny Cathedral

Arts Square, Statue of Alexander Pushkin and Russian Museum

The Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood

The Mariinsky Opera and Ballet Theatre

The Menshikov Palace