St. Petersburg Sights

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Vasilievsky Island 8

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Vladimirskaya (Lower Nevsky Prospekt) 4

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State Hermitage Museum

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Leonardo's Benois Madonna, Rembrandt's Danaë, Matisse's The Dance ... one of the world's most famous museums is virtually wallpapered...

State Museum "Smolny"

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Giacomo Quarenghi designed this neoclassical building between 1806 and 1808 in the style of an imposing country manor. It's here where...

State Museum of Russian Art

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In 1898 Nicholas II turned the stupendously majestic neoclassical Mikhailovsky Palace (Mikhailovsky Dvorets) into what has become one...


  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

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...

Summer Garden

  • Garden/Arboretum

One of Peter the Great's passions was inspired by Versailles. When first laid out in 1704, the garden was given the regular, geometric...

Ulitsa Zodchevo Rossi

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The street named for architect Carlo Rossi, the Italian architect who designed many of the classical buildings in St. Petersburg, has...

Vladimir Nabokov Museum-Apartment

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Vladimir Nabokov (1899–1977), best known in America for the novel Lolita, was born and lived in this apartment until his 18th year.

Winter Palace

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With its 1,001 rooms swathed in malachite, jasper, agate, and gilded mirrors, the residence of Russia's rulers from Catherine the Great...

Yusupov Palace

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On the cold night of December 17, 1916, this elegant yellow palace on the banks of the Moika River became the setting for one of history's...

Zoological Museum

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An unusual collection of more than 30,000 species includes a mammoth, now stuffed, recovered from Siberia in 1901, and it joins tigers,...