St. Petersburg Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in St. Petersburg - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Alexander Column

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

The 156-foot-tall centerpiece of Ploschad Dvortsovaya (Palace Square) is a memorial to Russia's victory over Napoléon, commissioned...

Alexander Pushkin Apartment Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

After fighting a duel to defend his wife's honor, the beloved Russian poet Alexander Pushkin died in a rented apartment in this building...

Anna Akhmatova Literary Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

The famous St. Petersburg poet lived for many years in a communal apartment in a wing of this former palace of Count Sheremetyev. Akhmatova...

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The highly ornate, old-Russian style of this colorful church seems more Moscow than St. Petersburg, where the architecture is generally...

City Duma

  • Building/Architectural Site

The city hall under the tsars has a notable red-and-white clock tower, meant to resemble those in Western European cities and erected...

Dom Knigi

  • Store/Shop/Mall

This is where you'll find Petersburgers engaged in one of their favorite pursuits: buying books. The city's largest bookstore, which...

Ethnography Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Costumes, crafts, and other artifacts provide a look at the various ethnic groups of the former Soviet Union. If you're traveling with...

General Staff Building

  • Museum/Gallery

The eastern side of ploshchad Dvortsovaya (Palace Square) is formed by the huge arc of this building; its form and size give the square...

Gostiny Dvor

  • Store/Shop/Mall

Taking up an entire city block, this is St. Petersburg's answer to the GUM department store in Moscow. Initially constructed by Rastrelli...

Kazan Cathedral

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

After a visit to Rome, Tsar Paul I (1754–1801) commissioned this magnificent cathedral, wishing to copy—and perhaps present the Orthodox...

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