St. Petersburg

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  • 1. Alexander Nevsky Lavra

    Vladimirskaya | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The word lavra in Russian is reserved for a monastery of the highest order, of which there are just four in all of Russia and Ukraine. Named...Read More

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  • 2. Peter and Paul Fortress

    Petrograd Side | Military Site

    The first building in Sankt-Piter-Burkh, as the city was then called, was erected in just one year, between 1703 and 1704, during the Great...Read More

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  • 3. St. Isaac's Cathedral

    Admiralteisky | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The grandly proportioned St. Isaac's is the world's third-largest domed cathedral and the first monument you see of the city if you arrive by...Read More

  • 4. State Hermitage Museum

    City Center | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 5. State Museum of Russian Art

    City Center | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 6. Strelka

    Vasilievsky Island | 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 reveals...Read More

  • 7. Winter Palace

    City Center | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    With its 1,001 rooms swathed in malachite, jasper, agate, and gilded mirrors, the residence of Russia's rulers from Catherine the Great (1762...Read More

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  • 8. Avrora

    Petrograd Side | Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    This historic cruiser, moored in front of the Nakhimov Academy of Naval Officers and reopening in the summer of 2014 after an extensive restoration...Read More

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  • 9. Admiralty

    Admiralteisky | Building/Architectural Site

    The spire of this lovely golden-yellow building is visible throughout the city and is one of St. Petersburg's most renowned emblems. The first...Read More

  • 10. Alexander Column

    City Center | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    The 156-foot-tall centerpiece of Ploschad Dvortsovaya (Palace Square) is a memorial to Russia's victory over Napoléon, commissioned in 1830...Read More

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  • 11. Alexander Pushkin Apartment Museum

    City Center | 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 on...Read More

  • 12. Anichkov most

    Bridge/Tunnel

    Each corner of this beautiful bridge on the Nevsky Prospekt spanning the Fontanka River (the name means "fountain") bears an equestrian statue...Read More

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  • 13. Anna Akhmatova Literary Museum

    City Center | 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...Read More

  • 14. Artillery Museum

    Petrograd Side | Museum/Gallery

    You can't miss St. Petersburg's main army museum—just look for the hundreds of pieces of artillery on the grounds outside. Exhibits have a distinctly...Read More

  • 15. Chamber of Art

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 16. Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

    City Center | 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 more...Read More

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  • 17. City Duma

    City Center | 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 by Ferrari...Read More

  • 18. Dom Knigi

    City Center | 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 offers...Read More

  • 19. Egyptian Sphinxes

    Vasilievsky Island | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

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

  • 20. Ethnography Museum

    City Center | 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 kids...Read More

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