St. Petersburg is an amazing city, which is called an open-air museum. Every aesthete should definitely visit it. Ones always want to come back here, it attracts anyone with its majestic architecture and the history hidden behind it. Each stone would tell many interesting events if it could speak.
So, what can you see in St. Petersburg.
Cultural capital. Masterpieces of World and Russian culture and art
In the very center of the capital on Palace Square is the Hermitage – its name has become synonymous with St. Petersburg, and a visit to it is always included in the guided tour itinerary. This is the largest museum in Russia, which is one of the best in the world and includes a huge number of paintings by great artists from different times and countries, objects of arts and crafts, sculpture, numismatic collections. The guide will give you the opportunity to dive deeper into the history of creation, the characteristics and artistic value of many of them. The General staff building consists of two buildings connected by a central arch, which is a key element and symbolizes the triumph of the Russian people in the war against Napoleon. It is decorated with sculptures of heroes and Greek gods. The top is crowned with a statue of the goddess of victory Glory on a chariot. The right wing of the building is also a branch of the Hermitage and is primarily famous for its collection of impressionists and post-impressionists, as well as the Russian avant-garde of Kandinsky and Malevich.
Another unique architectural and museum complex is the Russian Museum, which has collected works of Russian artists, sculptors and artisans. Its collection includes 400,000 exhibits, covering all periods and trends of Russian fine arts and crafts. The main collections are in the Mikhailovsky Palace and the Benois Wing.
The Kunstkamera is the first museum in Russia, founded by Peter the Great and storing the first anatomical collections he bought abroad, now the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography. In addition, the office of the great M. Lomonosov and even the first planetarium in Russia are presented.
The Ethnographic museum includes monuments of peoples and ethnographic groups living on the territory of Russia and neighboring countries. The purpose of its founding is to represent the culture and life of the settlements, their religious beliefs and other aspects of life.
For lovers of fantasy items, silverware, interior and cult items, jewelry and, of course, the famous Easter eggs, the Faberge Museum opens its doors. There are also paintings by Russian and French post-impressionist artists.
Visiting the museum of the Stieglitz Academy, tourists will get acquainted with interesting works of applied art, namely pieces of furniture, porcelain and metal items, painted antique vases. Here are unique interiors of the 19th century. The building itself is of architectural value created by the architect M. Messmacher.
The Museum of the History of Religion will reveal to visitors the stages of beliefs’ origin and development. There are not many such institutions in the world, and there are no analogues to St. Petersburg.
Capital of the Russian Empire
By ordering private tours with us, you will definitely get to the Peter and Paul Fortress. It is part of the Museum of the History of St. Petersburg and one of the oldest buildings in the city, located on Hare Island. From here a great city began to be built. Today, there are numerous architectural monuments: the Mint, the Commandant’s House, the Boat House, the Trubetskoy bastion-prison and many others. The dominant feature of the ensemble is the Peter and Paul Cathedral, which houses the tombs of Russian emperors. The Trubetskoy Bastion Prison is also located on the territory of the fortress. Its walls once imprisoned such historical characters as Lenin’s brother Alexander Ulyanov, Leo Trotsky, Maxim Gorky and others.
Once in St. Petersburg, it is impossible not to visit the Winter Palace, which was once the main residence of the Romanovs and was built in the 18th century by order of Empress Elizabeth Petrovna. It is located on Palace Square and is an architectural gem of the city on the Neva.
Mikhailovsky Castle is the former residence of Emperor Paul I, who did not want to use the Winter Palace and was killed shortly after the move. Within its walls, F. M. Dostoevsky lived as a pupil when the Engineering School hired the castle. Since 1991, he entered the architectural complex of the Russian Museum. It currently hosts art exhibitions.
The Anichkov Palace is named after the nearby Anichkov Bridge. It was supposed to decorate the entrance to the capital in 18th cent. – hence its unusual location. This is the first stone palace on Nevsky Prospekt. Its numerous halls convey the spirit of antiquity and are richly decorated; once it was also an imperial residence. Today, the Palace of Youth Creativity and the Lyceum are located here.
Emperor Peter the Great
Almost everything that we see in St. Petersburg is connected with the name of the great emperor, and many masterpieces of art are dedicated to him.
The Bronze Horseman monument is dedicated to Peter I and is one of the symbols of St. Petersburg. It symbolizes his glory and majesty. The monument to the emperor on a horse trampling a snake weighs 8 tons and is made of bronze, and a granite pedestal in the form of a sea wave is 1500 tons, it was called a thunder stone. A. S. Pushkin himself sang the monument in his work, from there the name appeared.
The cabin of Peter I is the first dwelling of the tsar and the first civil building in St. Petersburg. This is a unique monument of wooden architecture of the early 18th century. Today it is a museum and belongs to the Russian Museum. Here you can see what dishes, furniture and other things the Great Peter himself used.
The Winter Palace of Peter the Great has been partially preserved and is located in the building of the Hermitage Theatre. Its location was not chosen by chance – the most picturesque views of the Neva open from here.
The Summer Palace of Peter I was located in the Summer Garden. The emperor dreamed of creating gardens in the Versailles style. It is allowed to visit the palace only with a guided tour, so you can order a tour from a private guide or a group tour on the spot and penetrate into its secrets. Unlike many others, it has never been rebuilt; its appearance and layout have been preserved since the beginning of the 18th century.
While the Kronstadt fortress was being built, Peter I often visited Kotlin Island. He liked to personally follow all the work. On the way, he needed a stop – this is how the Travel Palace of Peter I arose. This is a small roadside house made of wood, made in the traditions of that time. Today it is a monument of Russian architecture of the early 18th century. Previously, the estate also included a greenhouse, a bee house and fountains, but only the palace has survived to this day. It was named palace only because it was intended for the emperor.
Hero City Leningrad
The history of St. Petersburg is inextricably linked with the tragic events of the Great Patriotic War, and many architectural buildings are associated with one of its most terrible pages – the blockade of Leningrad. Guests of the city and residents have the opportunity to visit the Museum of Defense and Siege of Leningrad. It originated from an exhibition of German weapons that were collected at the front. Today, the exposition exposed to the public tells about the history of the defense of the city in the period 1941-1944. Here you can see the personal belongings of the participants, photographs and letters, diaries, awards, weapons, and even paintings and graphics by front-line artists.
The exposition of the Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad is located in the Memorial Hall under a 48-meter obelisk, which, as it were, breaks a granite ring symbolizing the blockade. To the south of the obelisk, there are sculptural compositions of soldiers and sailors, workers and militias facing the front line. The memorial hall is richly decorated with natural stone. A bronze frieze with lamps made of shells stretches along the walls. Their number is 9 hundred. They symbolize 900 days of blockade. On the walls you can find the names of settlements and enterprises that contributed to the life of St. Petersburg in those years. Callsigns from Moscow can be heard in the hall through the radio, they are replaced by the sounds of a metronome, symbolizing the sound documents of that time. In the center is a relief map of the battle with sound.
Piskarevskoye cemetery is a monument to the victims of the war. It was founded in 1939 on the northern outskirts of Leningrad and was named after the nearby village of Piskarevka. In 1941-1944 it became a place of mass graves. Victims of the siege of Leningrad and soldiers of the Leningrad Front are buried in mass graves (a total of about 470 thousand people; according to other sources, 520 thousand people). This is the site of the largest mass grave in the world. In the center of the architectural and sculptural ensemble is a six-meter bronze sculpture “Motherland” , a woman holding a garland of oak leaves in her hands – a symbol of eternity – she mourns her sons and daughters.
Temples – masterpieces of architecture
Individual tours of St. Petersburg necessarily include a visit to the temples. They are a unique world heritage and an invaluable treasure of the city.
St. Isaac’s Cathedral is the main temple of St. Petersburg before the revolution, admiring and striking with its grandeur, rich decoration and beauty. Its silhouette is the most recognizable object that has become a symbol of the city. In terms of its size, it ranks 4th in the world. Its decoration combines the severity of forms with the coldness of natural stone, the richness of gilding, the brightness of stained-glass windows, the saturation of the colors of the painting, the picturesqueness of large mosaic panels. It involves marble of different shades, lapis lazuli, malachite and other rocks. The altar is decorated with a huge stained-glass window depicting Jesus Christ. A dove hovers under the dome, symbolizing the Holy Spirit. Solemnity and grandeur give this place also huge gilded chandeliers, each of which weighs 3 tons.
The Kazan Cathedral was erected on the site of the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the early 19th century from calcareous tuff – Pudost stone, reminiscent of Italian travertine. The style in which it is embodied cannot be unequivocally noted, but many are inclined towards the Italian Empire style. The main decoration inside and outside are the impressive colonnades. The outer one opens up to Nevsky Prospekt, forming a square and a park, while the inner one, made of granite, stretches in rows along the sides from the central aisle to the altar. The cathedral is now a main city one, and its main shrine is the miraculous Kazan Icon of the Mother of God.
The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood has an interesting history – it was built on the site where Alexander II was once mortally wounded. Outwardly similar to a carved tent, it was made according to the examples of ancient Russian churches, and the multi-colored domes resemble St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow. In the decor of the church, mosaic is abundantly used; it covers almost all internal surfaces. Semi-precious stones, jasper, rhodonite, porphyry are also widely used. The marble iconostasis is decorated with amazing carvings imitating wood.
Smolny Cathedral belongs to the architectural ensemble of the Smolny Monastery. The purpose of its creation was the desire of the empress to move away from worldly fuss. It was built for 120 noble maidens and was also called Maidens’. The capacity of the hall is 6 thousand people. The cathedral is made in the Baroque style and decorated with marble. It is painted in soft blue. Its plan resembles a Greek cross due to the four domes at the corners.
The geniuses of Russian literature
Fans of Russian literature in St. Petersburg have the opportunity to visit the places where great artists lived and worked. Being the capital and cultural center, it has attracted artists, politicians, writers and other celebrities. In Petersburg are:
- Museum-estate of G. R. Derzhavin
- Museum of F. M. Dostoevsky
- Museum of A. Akhmatova
- Museum of V. V. Nabokov
- Museum-apartment of N. A. Nekrasov
- Museum-apartment of A. A. Blok
- Museum-apartment of Joseph Brodsky,
- and in the suburbs there is a memorial Museum – Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum.
You can not miss the memorial museum-apartment of A. S. Pushkin – the great Russian poet and writer. It is associated with the most recent and dramatic period of his life, when he was mortally wounded in a duel. The museum is located in the mansion of the princes Volkonsky. The apartment was restored on the basis of historical documents and testimonies of his contemporaries. Here you can see the furnishings of the writer’s office – a desk, an armchair, also a death mask, decorations of his wife and portraits of children, as well as a sofa on which the great poet spent the last days of his life.
Splendor of the former imperial country residences
When asked what to see in St. Petersburg, the word “Peterhof” first pops up in my mind. It is impossible not to visit if you come to St. Petersburg. This is a majestic and beautiful place, furnished in a truly royal way. This is a state reserve, located outside the city, which includes:
- Grand Palace
- Lower park
- Upper garden
- Alexandria park
- Colonial Park.
More than three million people visit this place every year. The architectural ensemble arose at the beginning of the 18th century and spread out on the shores of the Gulf of Finland. It represents Russia’s access to the Baltic Sea and the victory in the Northern War. All ideas of decoration belong to Peter I. An amazing landscape spreads around, with paths, gazebos, fountains. To supply the latter with water, it was necessary to build a special conduit, which consisted of reservoir ponds and canals. The absence of pumps and water-pressure structures is surprising; they are replaced by the difference in levels at which fountains and ponds are located. Peterhof was built over 200 years. It was constantly expanding and replenished with new works of architecture, sculpture, fountain and landscape gardening.
The Grand Palace of Peterhof is a majestic building that crowns the Grand Cascade of Fountains and has a length of almost 300 m. The interiors are no less luxurious. The walls here are decorated with gilded carvings and mirrors that visually increase the space of the rooms. Visitors can see decorative and applied objects, magnificent furniture, paintings and sculptures.
The Oranienbaum Palace and Park Ensemble includes the Grand Palace and the park, the Chinese Palace, and the Palace of Peter III. It is included in the World Heritage. It is located, like Peterhof, on a hill descending to the Gulf of Finland. The Grand Oranienbaum Palace was built on the order of the first governor of St. Petersburg and the main ally of the emperor A. D. Menshikov. That’s why it looked appropriate – chic and brilliant. For Catherine 2, the Chinese Palace became the only monument of Rococo in this ensemble, in which classicism also looms. The Palace of Peter III embodies the architecture of the 18th century. Then for the first time a building appeared for entertainment, rather than military purposes, on the territory of the fortification, founded by Peter 3.
The city of Pushkin, or Tsarskoye Selo, is where the great poet lived and studied. His famous lyceum still keeps the memory of his stay there. You can see the rooms in which he spent his youth, the bed on which the young Alexander slept, his drawings and notes, the church he attended. His spirit haunts everyone who visits these places in order to plunge deeper into the atmosphere of that time. Tsarskoye Selo also keeps such attractions as the Catherine Palace and Park, Alexander Palace and Park. Especially popular is the Amber Room, which can be called one of the wonders of the world and a masterpiece of art of the 18th century. It was actually completely decorated with amber – amber panels. Its emergence, loss and resurrection are covered with many mysterious veils. The first park was laid out in the French style right in front of the entrance to the palace under Elizabeth Petrovna. Catherine II, on the other hand, wanted to present a garden in the latest English style, decorated with majestic monuments, therefore, next to the French park and the palace, she ordered to organize beautiful landscapes that are part of the world heritage of park art. The Tsarskoye Selo ensemble also includes Aleksandrovsky, Babolovsky and Separate parks. Alexander Park is located near the Alexander Palace. It was built for the beloved grandson of the Empress, the future Alexander 1. It was also the official residence in the last days of the Romanov dynasty. From here, the Bolsheviks exiled the whole family with several servants to Siberia, and then to Yekaterinburg, the place of execution of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas 2.
The Pavlovsk Palace and the park are located on the banks of the Slavyanka River. They are located on a hill, so they can be seen from different parts of the city. The palace was presented as a country residence by Catherine II to her son Pavel and his large family. The three-story building is crowned with a flat dome supported by 64 columns. The front yard is built in the shape of a horseshoe. The main element of the decor are white columns. They decorate facades, create galleries, support the dome itself. They are decorated with thin stucco friezes with acanthus leaves. On the main facade there are 3 large bas-relief medallions depicting Sculpture, Painting and Architecture. The interior decoration consists of silks, tapestries, porcelain sets, sconces, lamps, candelabra, bronze clocks and other items of French decorative art of the 18th century.
Gatchina is a museum-reserve that includes such masterpieces as the Grand Palace, the Priory Palace and the park. The Grand Gatchina Palace is the pearl of the Leningrad region and is made in the style of classicism, where you can find elements not only of Russian architecture, but also of an English hunting castle. In those days, park art reflected the tastes of England. The palace park became the first landscape park in the history of Russian park construction. In it you can find artificial islands, a column, an obelisk. There is even an underground passage. Bridges were built mainly of wood. Even a menagerie was created for hunting, which contained animals. More than 30,000 lindens were planted in the garden. Originally created for the favorite of the Empress Grigory Orlov, after his death it went to Paul 1, under whom Gatchina flourished like never before and became a city.
Theatrical and musical art
St. Petersburg has always been a cultural capital, where famous personalities were concentrated. On its territory there are many theater and ballet buildings, music venues, educational institutions, etc.:
- Alexandrinsky Theater
- Theater Arts Museum
- Ballet Academy Museum
- Mariinskii Ballet and Opera Theatre
- Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theater
- Museum of the History of the St. Petersburg Conservatory
- St. Petersburg Philharmonic
- Mikhailovsky Theater
- State Academic Chapel
- Bolshoi Drama Theatre.
In the 19th century, Russian stage traditions and an acting school began to form in St. Petersburg, and a national repertoire was created. Outstanding events in Russian life were then still formalized in the European style. In those years, Peter sought to obtain the status of the theater capital of the world. World celebrities of different nationalities toured here.
The Mariinsky Theater has become a symbol of Russian culture and is one of the greatest theaters in the world. Greater known during the Soviet times as Kirov theatre. The square on which it is located was called the Theater Square. Based on a great heritage and old traditions, modern theater continues to stage productions and brings innovative elements to them. The work is carried out with the world’s best directors, musicians and opera and ballet dancers.
The Museum of Theater and Musical Art displays exhibits of past years, including stories about the first performances. According to them, one can judge the features of different eras. Costumes, models, art sketches, art objects allow you to realistically present images. Fragments of scenery, props and convincingly executed props immerse you in the times of bygone eras. The theatrical behind the scenes shows all the secrets: how the sounds of thunder, wind, sea surf are created. Visitors can try to recreate them themselves. The museum periodically holds lectures and excursions for adults and children, meetings with famous artists, evenings of remembrance, concerts and more. More than 150 thousand people visit this place every year.
The luxury of former noble and merchant mansions
On the territory of St. Petersburg you can find luxurious mansions that belonged to nobles and merchants, and whose wealth could be envied even by the most wealthy people. Among these architectural structures:
- Palace of A. D. Menshikov
- Yusupov Palace
- Elagin Palace
- Stroganov Palace
- Sheremetyev Palace
- Rumyantsev Mansion
- Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace
- Kelch’s mansion
- Von Derviz’s mansion
- Polovtsov’s mansion
- Palace of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich.
The Menshikov Palace, after construction in 1720, became the most brilliant building in the young city on the Neva. Even Peter 1 did not have such a luxurious palace. Famous assemblies were held there, ambassadors were met and victories were celebrated. Prince A. D. Menshikov was the most influential politician at the court of Peter 1 and was always loyal to his tsar and friend, but he loved to live in style and was convicted of embezzlement more than once. In the palace you can get acquainted with the interiors of the early 18th century and the way of life of its owners.
The Yusupov Palace may not attract attention outwardly, and no one will guess that behind its discreet facades it keeps real luxury: interiors, halls, stairs, paintings, sculptures. The interior of the Yusupovs’ home theater is rightfully considered the most chic. It is decorated according to the strictest canons of theatrical construction. Stars of world magnitude shone on its stage, and the emperor himself was often a guest. Everything was preserved, despite the military and revolutionary events. It is also the site of the tragic and mysterious events of the early 20th century – the assassination of Rasputin, conspiracies and intrigues, the flight from St. Petersburg and Russia.
Revolution and the USSR
The era of the USSR left a big mark in the history of St. Petersburg. It is associated with important events that completely changed people’s lives. The years of the Revolution changed the course of history, the tsarist power was overthrown.
In 1914 the city became known as Petrograd. The First World War began. In 1917 there were two revolutions. After catastrophic events, the population decreases. In those years, the city is experiencing a housing crisis, many live in communal apartments. In 1924, Petrograd became known as Leningrad. The city was badly damaged during the war years, shelling and bombing destroyed many buildings, the occupied territories were plundered. The years 1941-44 were marked by the blockade of the city, which was cut off from the whole country. It was connected with it only by the Road of Life, passing through Lake Ladoga, but not every truck could reach it under constant bombardment. The events claimed the lives of a million people, hunger, loss and suffering forever left a deep mark on the souls of the Soviet people.
There was also a struggle with religion, as a result of which most services in cathedrals and churches ceased. Many of them have turned into museums, government offices and even warehouses and workshops. Some buildings were simply demolished, many exhibits from the Russian Museum and the Hermitage were sold out, and considerable damage was done in various areas.
Only in 1991 the name “St. Petersburg” was returned to the city, and a new milestone in its history began. Today, the witnesses of the revolutionary and Soviet years are such places as:
- Museum of Political History (mansion of M. Kshesinskaya)
- Rumyantsev’s mansion (NEP and Communal Paradise)
- Historical and Memorial Museum “Smolny”
- Tauride Palace
- Museum-apartment of the Alliluyevs
- Museums “Shalash” and “Shed” in Razliv
- Museum of Soviet slot machines.
City of the Navy and Merchant Navy
Such sights of St. Petersburg as:
- Central naval museum
- Navy ships in Kronstadt
- Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Kronstadt)
- Nikolo-Bogoyavlensky Naval Cathedral
- Museum-cruiser Aurora
- Icebreaker museum Krasin
- Museum-submarine L-189
- Battleship “Poltava”
talk about one important direction of the city – the naval one. In St. Petersburg, the main headquarters of the Navy is located in the Admiralty building.
The cruiser Aurora is a legendary warship, which today is permanently moored near the Neva embankment. It is served by military sailors. She was repeatedly awarded. The museum has separate rooms on the cruiser. Here you can see the boiler and engine rooms, the radio station and even the personal belongings of the crew. About 300 museum items tell about the life of Aurora and her sailors, including photographs, paintings, documents, ship models and more. Behind the ship is the Battle of Tsushima, the revolution, the Great Patriotic War witness. Since 2016, after a large-scale restoration at the Kronstadt Marine Plant, it has been standing in the place of its eternal parking lot opposite the Nakhimov cadets School.
St. Petersburg has a special atmosphere, which you can feel only by plunging into it. These are not only architectural buildings, but also rivers and canals with their drawbridges, which gracefully cut the city into many pieces. The drawing of bridges has even become a separate entertainment for tourists, who gather around at certain hours to admire the spectacle.
Mummer emperors and empresses walk the streets, offering to be photographed as a keepsake. You can especially meet them at the Palace square, and even ride on a real horse-drawn carriage. If you want to feel the spirit of that time – do not refuse!
Street musicians enrich the streets of the city with their playing, fill its air with the beautiful sounds of their instruments. It is also not uncommon to meet people offering various excursions. The city is full of life and charges with positive.
White nights – everyone dreams of being in St. Petersburg at a time when at night it is almost as bright as during the day. They have become a symbol of the city. The unusual phenomenon is explained by the fact that the sun sets below the horizon at an angle of 6 degrees, it actually does not set beyond the line. This is observed between June 11 and July 2 according to astronomical data, but actually lasts much longer. At this time, St. Petersburg is full of tourists, so it is worth booking hotels in advance.
The same applies to holiday periods. On these dates, unique events are held that cannot be seen on other days. It can be, fireworks, sailing regattas, concerts with famous artists. All this can be seen completely free of charge, but seats must be booked in advance.
Historical and modern parks still carry the spirit of past eras and the trends of recent years:
- Summer garden
- Yusupov garden
- Alexander Garden
- Alexander Park
- Mikhailovsky Garden
- Field of Mars
- Tauride Gardens
- Seaside Victory Park
- Central park (TsPKiO)
- 300th anniversary park.
Walking in them is a real pleasure. They are decorated with statues, columns, fountains, beautiful ponds. It is cozy and beneficial to be in their atmosphere.
Nevsky Prospekt is a separate work of art. It is awake even at night, tourists and residents of the city walk in crowds along it. Groups of people gather around free shows by street performers. You can see dances with fire, magic tricks and much more. Every tourist is obliged to walk along the main street of St. Petersburg! Here, at every step, there are sights and places closely associated with important historical events. Lots of high-end boutiques, souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants along the way.
For lovers of the unusual and even informal, creative and public spaces are presented:
- New Holland island
- Sevkabel Port
- Nikolskiye Ryady
- Berthold center
- Freedom space.
For example, in New Holland there are many small cozy cafes, shops, yoga and sports studios, there is even a stage in the courtyard. On the Floors there are galleries, libraries, bookstores, a hostel, showrooms, restaurants. This is a great place for young people who want to socialize and have fun.
Bird’s-eye. Skyline of St. Petersburg
Petersburg is no less beautiful from above. Panoramic views from
- colonnade of St. Isaac’s Cathedral
- bell towers of the Peter and Paul Cathedral
- rooftops of the Singer house
- observation deck in Etazhy
- bell towers of the Smolny Cathedral.
You can order a legal excursion by the “Panoramic Roof” or a helicopter ride from Hare Island. From a bird’s eye view, the city is visible at a glance. For fans of extreme, this will be a separate adventure.
Once Nicholas I issued a decree according to which the height of the capital’s residential buildings should not be higher than 11 fathoms, which is equal to 23.47 meters. The point was that no buildings were built higher than the Winter Palace. Today this phenomenon is called the “skyline of St. Petersburg”. The Imperial Palace has become a reference value. Thanks to this, from any roof of the center, you can look at the whole historical city.
Unusual sculptures and monuments
An experienced guide will show and tell not only about the popular sights of St. Petersburg, but also those that an ordinary tourist may not notice himself. Sometimes monuments are hidden in such corners, from where they are almost invisible. Each of them can have an interesting story, which you will learn about from a specialist.
- Monument to Peter I in the Peter and Paul Fortress
- Hare sculpture at the Ioannovsky bridge
- Ostap Bender
- Shustrov’s Angels (in Izmailovsky Garden, Lyubashinsky Garden and on the embankment of the Karpovka River)
- Major Kovalev’s nose
- cat Elisey and cat Vasilisa
- Victims of political repressions
- Monument to Chimney Sweep
- Monument to Petersburg rain
- the bas-relief on the “Raskolnikov’s house” – all this adds its own flavor to the amazing city.
If you do not know what to see in St. Petersburg, then private tours will be a real discovery for you of one of the most beautiful cities in the world!