VISIT SAINT PETERSBURG
St.Pietroburgo (a city built on water) stands at the mouth of the river Neva and overlooks the Gulf of Finland in the Baltic Sea.
The river and the numerous canals cross the historical center, giving a touch of romantic atmosphere. You will walk through the historic center, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site; you will walk along long and triumphal avenues and huge parks; you will visit churches and museums that hold world-famous paintings.
Although St. Petersburg has a history not far away, it has nothing to envy, in terms of history and culture, to the oldest cities in Europe.
Visiting St. Petersburg is not difficult at all; the rail and road transport network allows you to reach all the strategic points of the city safely and quickly. We recommend at least one overnight stay of 4 / 5 nights, to visit the most important points.
Kanoa thanks to the precious work of his staff, always around the world, will present a list of what to do and visit in this extraordinary city!
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg
It was built on the place where the tsar Alexander II of Russia was killed (from this tragic episode, the nomenclature "on the spilled blood" derives); the work began in the 1883 and ended in the 1907.
Unlike the other churches in the city, here you can admire a strong influence of medieval Russian architecture; the church is decorated with five domes and has a bell tower decorated with the coats of arms of cities and regions of the Russian Empire. It is about 81 meters high.
Rested on the bank of the canal Gribaedova, this church is beautiful; it amazes the variety of colors of the mosaics and of the particular spiers. If the exterior can be called enchanting, even more is the interior of the building!
In fact, the Church of the Savior is famous above all for the beautiful and unique collection of mosaics that complete its interior.
The rich decoration of mosaics was realized by important Russian artists (Vasnetsov, Nesterov, Ryabushkin) between the end '800 and beginning' 900; it covers an area of almost 7000 square meters.
In our opinion it is difficult to find an area with so many artifacts enclosed in such a space; this is one of the churches not to be missed during your stay.
Address: Griboyedov Canal Embankment
Meter: Metro Nevskij prospekt
Days and times: From Thursday to Tuesday from 10 to 20 from 1 / 05 to 1 / 10; from 11 to 19 from 2 / 10 to 30 / 04.
Price: Adult 320 Rubie (about 5 €).
Official Site: www.cathedral.ru
The Winter Palace
This is one of the symbolic places of the city. The square in front of the main entrance to this spectacular and majestic building was the scene of the winning battle led by Alexander I against Napoleon
Built between 1754 and 1762 and designed by the Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli as a winter residence for the tsars, this magnificent palace stands between the bank of the river Neva and the palace square.
The interiors are a gorgeous masterpiece; they were redesigned with the restructuring of the 1837, under the reign of Catherine the Great. They represent an authentic masterpiece of Baroque art.
Always thanks to Catherine the great, we owe the construction of the Petit Hermitage, the first of the five buildings near the winter palace. The imperial collection of works of art is kept here and proudly displayed.
Over the years, the winter palace has been an integral part of the political life and fate of the country, in fact, before it was a royal residence; then seat of the provisional Russian government, in October of the 1917 it was occupied by the Bolsheviks declaring it part of the Hermitage museum.
Although the exterior is incredible, the interior of the Palazzo offers pleasant surprises. Do not miss some of the 1057 rooms and rooms; many are open to the public.
Address: Just outside the center, 20 minutes walk to the center.
Meter: Admiralteyskaya, Nevsky Prospekt, Gostiny Dvor
Timetables: Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 10,30-18,00; Merc 10,30-21,00.
Closing Monday, 1 January and 9 May.
The ticket office closes an hour earlier.
Official Site: www.HermitageMuseum.org
The Peterhof Complex in St. Petersburg
Peterhof is an incredible complex of palaces, gardens, fountains, waterfalls and water features. It was designed by Peter I, eager for a residence outside the city to be accessed by sea; the curiosity is that these buildings are very similar to the palace of Versailles.
One of the great differences is the fact that the water jets of the magnificent fountains are natural and not artificial like Versailles; in the summer months, from the 11 to the 18 the fountains are in operation, recreating the scenario to which the designers were really inspired.
Kanoa advises to admire the "decorative fountains", adorned with Carrara marble statues and gilded bronze statues, and the so-called "playful fountains", widespread at the time of Emperor Peter the Great.
At the center there is the famous "Fountain of Samson fighting with the lion" . From the big mouth comes a water jet of 21 m., Allegory of the Russian victory (Samson) against the Swedes (lion) in Poltava in the 1709.
This complex has almost record numbers. It extends over 100 acres and houses inside about 150 fountains; really incredible. We are sure that you will be amazed at this beauty and majesty.
Inside, among the 27 salt, one more beautiful than the other, do not miss the Golden Ballroom and the Turquoise Hall of the Throne. So beautiful that, alone, are worth the visit of the entire complex.
Do not miss it too Quercia study of the tsar in which some objects belonging to Peter the Great are exhibited.
The fountains and their functioning are inaugurated every year in May, with a show of sounds, fireworks and dances. If you are planning a trip to St. Petersburg, this is the ideal time.
About 40 km from the center of St. Petersburg,
How to get:
The complex can be reached by bus from the metro Leninsky Prosekt or by hydrofoil from the St. Petersburg pier near the Hermitage.
Grand Palace: Mar - Sun 10: 30 at 17 - Closed on Tuesday every month;
Monplaisir: Thurs - Mar, from June to September, 10: 30-17: 00.
Marly: Mar-Sun from May to September, from 10.30 to 17. Hermitage: Mar - Sun, from May to September, 10: 30-18.
Fountains: from late May to October from 11 to 17.
For info on the costs and the purchase, we refer to the official website: www.peterhofmuseum.ru
St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg
Monumental and magnificent. This presents itself to all those who visit it for the first time. Built by the French Montferrand at the behest of Tsar Alexander, it was later embellished at the behest of Nicholas I.
In 1710, precisely in Sant'Isacco (30 Maggio), this church really was born, initially small; later, with various architectural interventions, it became majestic.
The church is a mammoth work, measuring 111,2 meters in length and 97,6 in width. 112 monolithic columns in red granite weighing about 100 t. each, hold the 4 arcades; 350 statues populate the roof; 100 kg of gold foils cover the sparkling dome that, with its 21, 8 m. tall, it is the pride of the city.
Inside you can admire gold, marble, bronzes, malachite and lapis lazuli; the church occupies an area of 4.000 square meters and can accommodate 14.000 people.
The most fascinating fresco is represented by the Virgin among angels and saints, the work of the painters Brjullov and Bruni; has a size of 816 square meters.
Kanoa recommends, to enjoy the beautiful glance that gives St. Petersburg, to climb the 262 steps of the colonnade.
Address: Piazza Sant'Isacco
How to get: Metro Sadovaja
Timetables: From Thursday to Tuesday from 11 to 18.
Price: Church, 320 Rubie. Colonnade, 160 Rubie
Official Site: www.Cathedral.ru
Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg
With over three million works of art and artifacts from world culture made between the Stone Age and the 20th century, the Hermitage (or Hermitage) is one of the largest and most important museums in the world.
If you are a fan of the genre, to be able to visit for good, you could spend more than half a day.
Immerse yourself in this internationally renowned museum pole, including paintings, sculptures, coins, and archaeological finds ... it's almost a maze!
Of extraordinary beauty, it is the Winter Palace; a magnificent Baroque-style building with a green façade and large white columns. It was the residence of the tsars for over two hundred years; with the October revolution, the building became the seat of the museum, now owned by the state.
Inside you will find eight compartments: Primitive cultures from the Paleolithic to the Slavs; Oriental Art; Art of the Near and Middle East; Classical Antiquities; Culture and Russian Art; Art of Western Europe.
The history of the museum began in 1764 when Empress Catherine the Great bought a considerable collection of paintings from Western Europe; today St. Petersburg, thanks to the presence of the Hermitage, is a favorite destination for art lovers from all over the world.
The Hermitage boasts world-famous works, including masterpieces by Caravaggio, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Gogh, Matisse, Renoir, Cezanne, Picasso.
Address: Piazza del Palazzo
How to get: Metro Admiralteyskaya, Nevsky Prospekt, Gostiny Dvor.
Timetables: Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 10,30-18,00; merc 10,30-21,00.
Closing: Monday, 1 January and the 9 May.
Price: Adult 400 Rubie; 150Rubie children and students.
Free admission every first Thursday of the month.
Official Site: www.heritagemuseum.org
Fortress of Saints Peter and Paul in St. Petersburg
Peter the great built this singular fortress, which stands on the islet of the delta of the river Neva, to defend the outlet on the Baltic by the Swedish power.
The fortress was hardly ever used to defend itself, in fact it was the place where the opponents of the regime were locked up.
Alksei, the only son of Peter I, accused of conspiracy and sentenced to death were imprisoned here; and, moreover, Dostoevsky, Lenin's elder brother, Aleksandr, Gorky, Bakunin and Trotsky.
Built by Domenico Trezzini in the 1712, the oldest church in the city, has a very tall bell tower (122 m.) whose golden spire is surmounted by an angel holding the cross.
Inside you can admire a Baroque style; in addition, there are the sepulchers of the Romanov family, from Peter the Great to Nicholas II.
Today, however, the entire area welcomes several museums on the history of St. Petersburg.
In the summer months, on the beach that is located outside the walls, you can see many Pietrese people intent on sunbathing.
Address: Fortress of St. Peter and Paul.
How to get: Metro station Gorkovskaya.
Timetables: Cathedral: Mon - Fri 10 - 19; sat 10 - 17: 15; Sun 11 - 19.
Fortress: every day from 6 to 21.
Trubetskoy bastion prison: every day 10 - 19.
Prezzi: Cathedral + fortress + prison Trubetskoy bastion, adults 300 Rubie; 160 Rubie students; retired 120 Rubie.
Official Site: www.SpbMuseum.ru
Nevsky Prospekt in St. Petersburg
Nevsky Prospekt is the grand avenue that crosses the city of St. Petersburg from west to east, joining the Admiralty to the Alexander Nevsky Monastery.
The main artery of the city and the most famous street in Russia is 4,5 km. in length, with a width from 25 to 60 m.
We are sure that on visiting St. Petersburg, you will cross Nevsky several times, as it is the center of the city; you will walk among splendid palaces, churches, theaters, evocative bridges and charming squares. And then, historic shops, such as the luxurious Art Nouveau grocery store Eliseevskij. You will hardly forget this incredible way!
Walking on the Perspective you can admire small and large masterpieces. Stroganov Palace, above all, a fine example of Russian baroque; the Russian National Library. Stop and drink in a literary Café where you can breathe an atmosphere of other times and where time seems to have stopped at the nineteenth.
Do not miss it too Ostrovsky Square, one of the most beautiful squares in the city with the monument to Catherine II; the Anichkov bridge with statues of horses and tamers; the sumptuous palace Beloselskij-Belozerskij with its dark red façade, richly carved; there Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, majestic building inspired by St. Peter of Rome which houses the miraculous image of Our Lady of Kazan. We can state that you will be witness to one of the largest and most fascinating open-air museums in the world!
White Nights in St. Petersburg
Kanoa's Guide to Stunning St. Petersburg could not end without talking about the white nights. This fascinating atmospheric phenomenon, in the summer nights, dyes the sky with a special light, creating a magical atmosphere.
This happens because St. Petersburg is very far to the north; as a result, from the end of May to mid-July, the sun remains high for a long time and even when it slowly descends below the horizon, its light lasts until the following dawn. In practice, it is as if the day never ends, creating a unique condition, which every year attracts millions of tourists from all over the world.
From May to September the premises remain open; in the city they organize a full calendar of events, festivals and night celebrations. In our opinion, this is the right time to visit St. Petersburg.
In this guide we tried to gather monuments and attractions, which are essential for us, if you want to visit St. Petersburg. We invite, as always, to follow your personal rhythms and tastes; we are sure that if you follow our advice you will not regret it.
Good Journey from the Kanoa Staff.
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