Around Petersburg

Trip Start Feb 01, 2006
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Trip End Jun 20, 2006


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Monday, May 8, 2006

One sunny afternoon in St.Petersburg, taking photos and enjoying the beauty of it all. Below shortly some details of the featured historical attractions.

THE HERMITAGE
The Hermitage is one of the world's largest and oldest museums. It occupies six buildings along the embankment of the River Neva, including the Winter Palace, the residence of the Russian tsars. Hermitage collections cover over 3 000 000 items of art.

THE ADMIRALTY
The original Admiralty was created by Peter the Great. The Admiralty is one of St.Petersburg's oldest constructions, dating back to 1704, when it started its life as a fortified shipyard. The now existing Admiralty is built between 1806 and 1823 and designed by the architect Adrian Zakharov. The Admiralty presents the Russian Empire style, with rows of white columns, relief details and numerous statues. It now serves as a naval college.

ST. ISAAC'S CATHEDRAL
The largest cathedral in the city with its 101.5 m height and the largest church in Russia at the time it was built. The cathedral was built over 40 years, from 1818 to 1858. The exterior of the cathedral is late neoclassical style with gray and pink stone and displays a total of 112 red granite columns with Corinthian capitals.

THE SENATE SQUARE AND THE BRONZE HORSEMAN
Known as the Senate Square before 1925, whereafter renamed to Decembrists Square, the square is home to the Bronze Horseman. It is surrounded by the Admiralty to the east and by the Imperial Senate buildings to the west.

THE KAZAN CATHEDRAL
The Kazan Cathedral on the Nevsky Prospekt, the mother cathedral of the metropolis, was built during 1801-1811. Designed by Andrey Voronikhin after St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. One of the few tourist attractions with free entrance!
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