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St Petersburg - Winter Palace

Winter Palace

Country Russia
Things To Do Peter and Paul Fortress, Cabin of Peter the Great, The Hermitage, Palace Square and the Alexander Column, The Church of our Saviour on Spilled Blood, Peterhof Palace
St Petersburg - St Catherines Palace

St Catherines Palace

St Petersburg - Peter the Great's cabin

Peter the Great's cabin

St Petersburg - Peterhof Palace

Peterhof Palace

St Petersburg


Description

Tsar Peter I had a wonderful talent in technical, architectural, and mechanical matters. His genius gave birth to the amazing city of St Petersburg out of barren swampland. Peter I spent 1703 to 1709 in a small wooden hut designing and managing the construction of the city. The Peter and Paul Fortress was the first large building to be completed - it gave Russia command of the Baltic, a valuable ice-free sea-passage.

The city is full of magnificent palaces, tree-lined avenues, and impressive monuments. The many canals - St Petersburg is nicknamed the 'Venice of the North' - are spanned by fine bridges. The most famous being the Blue Bridge across the Moika river.

St Petersburg suffered the ignomity of 2 name changes in the 20th century - to Petrograd, and then Leningrad - thankfully it's rightful name was re-instated.

Why in 100 Best?

A staggering realisation of the dream of one man. Visit the city in winter for some breathtaking snow scenes - but wrap up very warm.

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