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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Chamber of Art

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This fine example of Russian baroque is painted bright azure with white trim and stands out from the surrounding classically designed...

Egyptian Sphinxes

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Two of St. Petersburg's more magnificent landmarks stand on the landing in front of the Repin Institute, leading down to the Neva. These...

Menshikov Palace

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Alexander Menshikov (1673–1729), St. Petersburg's first governor, was one of Russia's more flamboyant characters. A close friend of...

Rostral Columns

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Swiss architect Thomas de Thomon designed these columns, which were erected between 1805 and 1810 in honor of the Russian fleet. The...

Russian Academy of Sciences

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Erected on strictly classical lines between 1783 and 1789, the original building of the Russian Academy of Sciences is considered to...

St. Petersburg State University

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Tsar Alexander I founded this university in 1819, and today it's one of Russia's leading institutions of higher learning with an enrollment...


  • 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...

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,...