St. Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia, after Moscow, with a population of about 5 million and the most important Russian port in the Baltic Sea. Located along the Neva River and at the end of Finland’s Gulf, Sank Petersburg City surpasses Moscow’s beauty. The view in this splendid city, only 800 kilometers from the Polar Circle, makes the architecture look more colossal – the Smolnii Cathedral – next to the first public school of girls in the Russian Empire – to the Admiralty, with its golden tower, Marks the intersection of the three princely streets of the city. Nevski Prospekt, Voznesenki Prospect of Gorohovaia Ulita.
Hermitage is the safest attraction of the city of St. Petersburg. Set in the heart of the city on the bank of the Neva River, the Winter Palace is the largest museum in the world. The museum features, in addition to numerous pieces of antiquity, a collection of European works of classical period, among the most beautiful in the world, alongside the Louvre Museum and the Prado Museum. Among the exhibited works are paintings of the Dutch and French masters like Rembrandt, Rubens, Matisse and Paul Gauguin. Here you can find an oil painting by Leonardo da Vinci and 31 paintings by Pablo Picasso. The museum has 2500 employees. The buildings that house the museum are one of the main ensembles of the Sankt-Petersburg Center, a UNESCO world heritage site.
You probably feel really danced when watching Dance, a painting painted by Henri Matisse for a Russian nobleman, who chose to represent the rhythm and spirit of the 20th century with the help of a dancing circle. It is just one of the many splendid masterpieces of Ermitaj, the largest museum in the world, with 2.7 million works of art exhibited in 400 rooms inside six buildings, among which the main residence of the Russian countries, the amazing Palace of Winter, with its glittering combination of golden structures.
The excitement of the explosions of color on Chagall, Kandinski and Malevici’s canvas from the Russian State Museum or the multicolored dome in the shape of the onion of the Church of the Resurrection of Christ, the only building with traditional Russian architecture in the whole city.
It is impossible to list – the less we visit in a short holiday – all the treasures of St. Petersburg, the most extraordinary city of Mother Russia, made in the early eighteenth century by Peter the Great, an impossible project that has become a reality Thanks to a group of valuable Italian architects. It’s impossible to go through the works of great Russian personalities, from Pushkin to Dostoevsky, or listen to all the music of Ceaikovsky or Stravinski (you should reserve a place at the Mariinski Theater every night).
Another impossible mission would be to see and understand all the beauty of the city and its surroundings, where the Romanov dynasty is home to the Peterhof Grand Palace, whose garden is decorated with not less than 140 golden fountains , Up to Tarskoe Selo, a town that boasts an imperial residence with a long baroque façade and a flamboyance – a turquoise dream, white and gold and an interior that is the opulent essence – used by leaders such as Ecaterina the Great.
To see all of these things, the days must be even longer than those that are getting brighter and transformed into the famous White Nights, when it arrives in summer in this city just 800 kilometers from the Polar Arctic Circle.
Indeed, in St. Petersburg even relaxation and recreation places have a cultural background. For example, Astoria, the hotel you must necessarily stay in, was opened before the October Revolution in an opulent building over St. Isaac’s cathedral. Magnificently restored, the hotel hosted the public or private escapades of many personalities. Here were the meetings of the temperamental Rasputin with his pawns (a kind of Casanova), and Isidora Duncan danced barefoot in his lounges.
Many European leaders went to the hotel’s boutique where Faberge jewelery is displayed, including the world’s most famous eggs. If you stay at Astoria. A cup of Russian tea at samovar or a Beluga caviar dinner will give you the feeling that you have truly come to a country fairy tale.
The opulent Hotel Astoria offers a beautiful view of St. Isaac Square. The hotel is a legend of the city
The residence originated in 1717 when Catherine I of Russia hired German architect Johann-Friedrich Braunstein to build a summer palace for her pleasures. In 1733, Empress Elizabeth instructed Mikhail Zemtsov and Andrei Kvasov to extend the Catherine Palace. After Queen Elizabeth came to the conclusion that her mother’s home was “obsolete,” in May 1752, he urged architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli to demolish the old structure and replace it with a more grandiose edifice in a flamboyant Rococo style. The construction lasted for four years, and on July 30, 1756, the architect presented the new 325 meter new yard.
Ballroom (photo below), known as the Great Hall or Lights Hall, is the most grandiose room in the so-called Anfilada Aurita of Catherine’s Palace of Ecaterina. It boasts a stunning ceiling with impressive paintings.