Saint Petersburg Information
Saint Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia with a population of nearly five million people. The city was founded and named after the Russian Tsar Peter the Great in 1703. Saint Petersburg was once the capital of Russia before the government bodies moved to the now capital of Moscow.
Located on the Neva River off the Baltic Sea, Saint Petersburg is the second most visited tourist destinations for Westerners visiting Russia. The city has plenty of history and culture along with many world listed heritage places with the most visited places being Palace Square, Peterhof and the Winter Palace.
Palace Square in the centre of Saint Petersburg is the most popular first stop place to see for millions of tourists that visit the city every year. It gets its name for once being the centre of the former Russian Empire and was the scene of many famous events including Bloody Sunday in 1905 and the October Revolution in 1917.
In the centre of the Palace Square is the famous Alexander Column, which erected in 1834 stands 47.5 metres high and is made of a single solid granite column designed by the then famous French architect Auguste de Montferrand. Another star attraction in Palace Square is the Winter Palace that was the living quarters of Russian Tsars between 1754-62.
Another fascinating and very popular Palace to see is Peterhof that is nicknamed the “Russian Versailles”. The palace and gardens were made under the orders of Peter the Great and the grandeur of architectural design with impeccable gardens are second to none and make Peterhof a must see attraction to any visitor to the city.
Art lovers will enjoy the Hermitage museum of art. Located in the Winter Palace, the museum is contained in six sections and is the oldest recorded museum in the world. The Museum is closed Mondays but open every other day.
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