Must See Sights

30 of the most visited tourist attractions in St. Petersburg

What places should I definitely visit in Saint Petersburg? What are the top 10 sights in St Petersburg Russia? What attractions are must see there?

These and many other questions of a kind are very popular on forums, travel blogs or general search history. So to make your life way easier and to save your time on searching quality advice on attractions to visit in the Northern capital of Russia, I have prepared a list of places you need to see.

Theatres, cathedrals and churches, famous palaces, museums and squares are among them. Of course, there are many more exciting historical and current sightseeing that can be visited during a guided tour or a casual walk.

st michael's castle st petersburg

Mikhailovsky Castle (Saint Michael’s Castle) is among the largest architectural monuments of the 18th century. It is the only palace building in Russia, created in the romantic classicism style. The choice of the style and shape of the castle was due to the fact that…

Monument to the heroic defenders of Leningrad 1981

The impressive monument located on Victory Square (Russian: Ploshad Pobedy) is among the first city sights you see when travelling from the southern direction, i.e Pulkovo airport. It was designed by Sergey Speranskiy and Valentin Kamenskiy, and sculpted by Mikhail Anikushin. The monument was established…

Alexander Nevsky Lavra in Saint Petersburg

Saint Alexander Nevsky Monastery, or Alexander Nevsky Lavra is often called the heart of Saint Petersburg. Peter the Great ordered to build a monastery on the supposed place of the Battle on the Ice of 1242. Later, it was historically proven that the battle took…

Grand Synagogue in St Petersburg

It’s not only an architectural monument of the 19th century, but also a historical center of spiritual life of Jews of Saint Petersburg. It’s located in the region of Staraya Kolomna. There aren’t many tourists, but if you decide to visit Mariinsky Theatre or New…

beautiful blue mosque in st petersburg

Muslims have lived in St Petersburg since the times of Catherine II, but for a long time they did not have their own temple. As the country expanded and new territories joined Russian Empire, the Islam community of the Russian capital enlarged. History overview The…

Smolny Cathedral in Saint Petersburg

Smolny Cathedral is located on the left side of the Neva river, where earlier people made resin, used in ship building. There is a legend that Elizabeth, the daughter of Peter the Great, wanted to become a nun. For that reason she picked up the…

Smolny Institute in Saint Petersburg Russia

European culture that started to establish in Russia in the end of the 18th century, brought lots of novelty in the life of Russian people. During the times of Peter the Great, there were the first schools for girls. That was the first step towards…

Mariinsky Theatre St Petersburg

It’s impossible to imagine St Petersburg without its magnificent theatres. Mariinsky Theatre is one of the oldest and most famous theatres in Russia as well as in the world. History in brief Its story starts in 1783, when Empress Catherine II issued a decree of…