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St. Petersburg Travel Guide

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St. Petersburg Bridges

St. Petersburg's mighty Neva River creates some of its most picturesque views, making it easy to forget that it's a working river for transporting...


White Nights

St. Petersburg is at 59 degrees north latitude, roughly the same latitude as Oslo, Norway; Stockholm, Sweden; and Anchorage, Alaska. Due to...


Food Stores in St. Petersburg

For cigarettes, snacks, drinks, and basic foodstuffs like bread, milk, and tea, look for a produkty shop. They also sell such popular local...


Palace Square and the State Hermitage Museum

Russia's other historic square is the heart of its imperial past, as well as the host to pivotal moments in Tsarist Russia's demise. On Bloody...


Celebrate White Nights

May and June's long daylight hours breathe festive energy into St. Petersburg after months of bitter cold. During these days, the sun sets only...


Rasputin the Mystic

Neither a monk nor a priest as commonly believed, Rasputin was a wandering peasant who eventually came to exert great power over Nicholas II...


St. Petersburg in Literature

On an exceptionally hot evening early in July, a young man came out of the garret in which he lodged in S. Place and walked slowly, as though...


St. Petersburg History

The most abstract and intentional city on earth"—to quote Fyodor Dostoyevsky—became the birthplace of Russian literature, the setting for his...


A Walking Tour of St. Petersburg

Begin at ploshchad Dvortsovaya (Palace Square). Extending the length of the western side of the square, with its back to the river, is the...


The Fate of Rembrandt's Danaë

One of the most celebrated of Rembrandt's works, and among the most beautiful examples of European painting, the Danaë was almost irreparably...


The Peacock Clock

The Peacock Clock ( Tchasy Pavlin ), one of the most delightful pieces on display at the State Hermitage Museum, is in the Pavilion Hall, on...


Top Reasons to Go to St. Petersburg

Be awed by the Hermitage: In one of the world's premier historical and art collections, you can see works by Monet, Picasso, and Matisse, the...

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