The white nights in St. Petersburg
The miracle of white nights can be enjoyed by those manage to visit
St. Petersburg from June 11th through July 2nd, when the sun practically never sets, can enjoy the fabulous city Panorama while walking along numerous embankments during the white nights. The night becomes curiously indistinguishable from day, so much so that the authorities never
need to turn the city’s streetlights on.
The State Hermitage Museum
The State Hermitage is one of the oldest and largest museums in the world.
The museum occupies six magnificent buildings situated along the embankment of the River Neva, right in the centre of St. Petersburg. The main building of the museum complex is the Winter Palace, the residence of the Russian tsars that was built to the design of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli in 1754-62. The exhibition shows the development of the world culture and art from the Stone Age to the 20th century. The collection of the museum (more than 3 million items) include magnificent works of art, Antique art and one of the best collections of Western European paintings in the world and dozens other interesting and unique exhibits.
The State Russian Museum
The State Russian Museum in the world’s largest museum of Russian art.
it is located in the very center of St.Petersburg, just on the city’s central magisterial, Nevsky Prospekt. The museum is situated in the former Mikhilovsky palace, the residence was built in Emperial style for the Grand Duke Mikhil ( the son of the emperor paul 1) in the early 1820s the collection of the Russian museum numbers some 400,000 works and covers the entire history of Russian fine art from the tenth century to the present day. It reflevts virtually every form and genre of art in Russia, including a unique collection of old Russian icons, works of painting, graphic art and sculpture, decorative and applied art folk art and numismatics, as well as the world’s finest collection of Russian avant-grade.
The St.Isaac Cathedral
It is one of the finest cathedrals built in Europe in the end of the 19th century and third largest domed cathedral in the world after those in Rome and London. 400 kilos of gold were used to decorate the cathedral and more that 11 square meters of Lazurite details were used to face the coloumns and architectural details of the icons were created using mosaic techniques. The cathedral contains more than 50 murals and oil paintings comprising a unique collection of Russian monumental painting of the first half of the 9th century. Now serves as a museum and services are held only on significant ecclesiastical holidays.
The Church of our Saviour on the blood
This church was built on the place where the Russian tsar Alexander 11 was assassinated by revolutionaries. Its construction lasted for 27 years. The best masters of painting, mosaic and stone carving took part in its unique collection of mosaics expressing typical features of Russian art.
The Peter and Paul Fortress
The Fortress was founded by peter the great in 1703. Thought it never played its military role it was turned into political prison. Among the prisoners of the fortress there were Alexander Ulianov (elder brother of Lenin), Chernishevsky ( Russian writer and philosopher) and others. In the middle of the fortress stands the burial place of all the Russians Emperors and Empresses from Peter the Great to Alexander 111. The Cathedral was the first church in the city to be built of stone and its design is curiously unsual for a Russian Orthodox Church. There is also a range of museums inside the fortress.