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St. Petersburg is on The Guardian's Must See List for 2017
14.01.2017 13:37
St. Petersburg is on The Guardian's Must See List for 2017

Popular British edition, The Guardian has made a list of places highly recommended to visit this year.

      Saint Petersburg, the cultural capital city of Russia, is among them. The reason for this choice was the revolution's centenary that is coming in 2017.

      The British believe that travelers will be interested to see the places, where a revolution took place in one of the world's most influential countries in 1917. The Guardian has prepared walk itineraries around Russian cities to suit all tastes.

      Tourists are advised to spend a week in St. Petersburg and see the Winter Palace, Catherine Palace, Peterhof, the Palace Bridge and, of course, the State Hermitage.

      An alternative to St. Petersburg is the Week in Moscow. Must-see sights here include St. Basil's Cathedral, Ostankino Tower, the Kremlin, Christ the Saviour  Cathedral and the State Tretyakov Gallery.

      

      St. Petersburg is justly considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the most European of all Russian cities. Built by Peter the Great as ‘the window to Europe’ it has always been more Europe-oriented than any other Russian city, whether you take its weather, architecture, or lifestyles. Once made the capital of Russian Empire by Peter the Great St. Petersburg is still rivaling Moscow: it is often referred to as ‘the Northern Capital’ or the ‘Cultural Capital’ of Russia. St. Petersburg seems to be enveloped in some poetic veil of enchantment; the city of white nights and drawbridges, splendid sights and museums, variety of elegant architectural styles of all epochs and grim close backyards, contradictory history and unpredictable weather, it attracts people from all over the world with its cultural gorgeousness. If you are lucky to find yourself in St. Petersburg you face quite a hard choice between all the places of interests: only museums amount to 170 in number here.

      First of all you should find several days for exploring the realm of the Hermitage, one of the grandest museums in the world. The rich collections of the museum are exhibited in six magnificent palaces located on the embankment of the Neva River. One can hardly observe in a short time all the three million exhibits presented in 400 rooms. Anyone can find something to one’s taste out of this cornucopia of arts. If you are attracted to Russian arts the right choice will be certainly the State Russian Museum. Its collection has over 400 thousand exhibits, featuring all the major schools of Russian fine arts, with all its types and genres from the 10th to the 20th century. 

      Walking around the downtown St.-Petersburg you will hardly overlook one of the biggest cathedrals in the world, the St. Isaac (Isaakievsky) Cathedral, formerly the major cathedral of Russia. It took its creators 40 years, 400 kilograms (881,85 pounds) of gold and 16 tons of malachite to build this impressive construction. Ten thousand people can fit inside of it. Probably the most attractive possibility about visiting the Cathedral is that you can walk on top of its peak opening a bird's-eye view of the city. When you get tired of walking take a boat excursion around the numerous channels of St. Petersburg. You will enjoy the beauty of the city and the pleasure of a voyage along the water labyrinths, reflecting the splendid buildings and bridges. The city mirrored in water might appear even more enchanting than the real one!


      
 

      
 

Sources: http://www.vladtime.ru 

Author: Vera Ivanova

Tags: Saint Petersburg Moscow    

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