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St. Petersburg Sights

Strelka

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Updated 06/24/2013

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This bit of land (the name means "arrow" or "spit") affords a dazzling view of the Winter Palace and the Peter and Paul Fortress and reveals the city's triumphant rise from a watery outpost to an elegant metropolis. Seen against the backdrop of the Neva, the brightly colored houses lining the embankment seem like children's toys—the building blocks of a bygone aristocracy. They stand at the water's edge, seemingly supported not by the land beneath them but by the panorama

of the city behind them. Gazing here is a great way to appreciate the scope of Peter the Great's vision for his country. The view also makes clear how careful the city's founders were to build their city not despite the Neva but around and with it. The Strelka is very popular with wedding couples, who traditionally come to visit the sight on their wedding day and often break a bottle of champagne on the ground here.

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Vasilevsky Island, at the north end of Dvortsovy Most (Palace Bridge), St. Petersburg, 199034, Russia

Updated 06/24/2013

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Oct 8, 2002

Worth getting to!

On a nice day, you can get great pictures from this vantage point. You will be at a point that you can get great shots of Peter & Paul Fortress and the Hermitage on the other side of the Neva River. Plus more !!

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