St Petersburg: Hermitage, cathedrals and the fortress

Winter Palace aka The Hermitage imageWinter Palace aka The Hermitage

Walking trip to the Winter Palace and the Hermitage guided tour. We insist you do it on foot. Why? Because there is no other way to understand and feel the city’s soul than to explore its secret walking trails. Let us surprise you with unusual homes, architecture, perspectives and stunning views. Today you visit one of the most important sites in Russian history and heritage, the world-famous palace of the Hermitage. Your guide will make it interesting to follow the tricky path of the centuries behind it and give you a better understanding of sophisticated Russian history.

The Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood imageThe Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood

You can try typical Russian food in a bistro, “stolovaya” where you can try traditional Russian food. We will take a short walk to see the city’s iconic landmark: St. Isaac Cathedral , Kazan Cathedral, Church of the Spilled Blood. The Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood is by far one of the most powerful constructions in Russian Orthodox Christian architecture; an absolutely enthralling must-see and a place where Alexander II was fatally wounded by anarchists in 1881.

The Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood imageThe Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood

Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood, built in late XIX century in St. Petersburg, has a dramatic and twisted story. As a result, during late Soviet era, the church permanently stood in a falsework. This was lasting for so, so long that finally St. Petersburg residents made an ironic belief that as soon as falsework was removed, the entire USSR would be removed as well.

Believe it or not, but the fact is: in 1991 the temple’s falsework was finally taken away and the same year, in August 1991, the end of the Soviet power has come. And this is just one of dozens of legend surrounding one of St. Petersburg’s top must-sees.

The Peter and Paul Fortress imageThe Peter and Paul Fortress

We return to the past, back to the city’s first days, with a visit to the place where St Petersburg was founded, by the Tsar Peter the Great. The Peter and Paul Fortress was soon turned into a political prison. There, the son of Peter the Great, Prince Alexei, writer Radischev, Decembrists and revolutionaries were held as prisoners.

The Cathedral, designed by the Italian architect, Tresini, contains the remains of Russian rulers since 1725.

Then take a boat trip and feel the Venice of the North (navigation usually starts around mid - April and lasts till the end of September).

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