Travel Guide to St Petersburg, Russia

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Being considered as the most Western city of Russia, St Petersburg is located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. The city had a few names in the past century. During the first World War city was named to Petrograd and later to Leningrad before it was named back to St Petersburg in 1991. The city was once the capital city of Russia and the seat of Russia’s governmental bodies before moving to Moscow in 1918. The city hosts many landmarks and historical buildings and sites such as the Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments, which makes the city an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

What to see

•  The Hermitage Museum
•  Winter Palace
•  Russian Museum
•  Peter & Paul Fortress
•  The Admiralty
•  Museum of Artillery, Combat Engineers and Signal Troops
•  Ethnographic Museum
•  Alexander Nevskiy Monastery
•  Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood
•  Our-Lady-of-Kazan Cathedral
•  Griboyedov Canal
•  Bolsheokhtinsky Bridge
•  Saint Isaac’s Cathedral
•  Peter the Great’s Cabin
•  Kunstkamera
•  Ivan Kruzenshtern Statue
•  Russian Academy of Arts

What to do

•  International Christmas Film Festival
•  Ballet Festival Marrinsky
•  Sergei Kuryokhin International Festival
•  Musical Olympus International Festival
•  International Festival ‘Musical Spring in St Petersburg’
•  Beer Festival
•  St Petersburg Open
•  Byeliye Nochi
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