Saint Petersburg was founded in 1703 by Peter I, as a city on the coast of Baltic Sea having marine communication with Europe. Peter I himself called it the «window to Europe». The city has been built as the capital of quickly growing Russian Empire, which has been one of the most important political powers since the 16th century.

This predetermined the appearance of the city, having made it one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Here everything was subjected to only one purpose, to show the wealth of the empire, therefore, palaces, cathedrals and even regular houses were built in particular empire style.

It is especially romantic to visit Petersburg at midsummer from 10 to 30 of June. This time is called «White Nights», as it doesn’t get dark even in the night. In this time tourists walk days and nights long, and it is particularly curious on the embankments of the Neva River around 2 in the night, when the bridges are lifted. Altogether there are 90 various rivers and over 400 bridges, 13 of which are drawbridges, in the city. You must see how Palace Bridge is lifted. It will be an unforgettable experience.

Petersburg has a very interesting historical center. You could go over its streets and canals all days long and it wouldn’t be boring, and this applies not only to palaces and cathedrals, but also to common old streets which could be no less (if not more) interesting. In opinion of many Russians, coming from other cities, Petersburg is a city of good mood. Surely, this mood can be easily spoilt by rain or cold weather, which is often the case, considering the climate of the city. But if you are lucky with the weather and in good spirits, you`ll undoubtedly enjoy tours of the historical part of the city.

Besides city tours, you must visit palaces of Petergof and Tsarskoye Selo. Without them, your impression of the luxury of Russian Empire would be incomplete. It is most convenient to go to Petergof by hydrofoil departing from the embankment in front of the Hermitage. To get to Tsarskoye Selo you must take a bus or a local train.

Don’t forget about the climate of Petersburg – it is a northern city. By the way, it is the northernmost million-plus city in the world. The weather is very unstable here, and it is desirable to have an umbrella and warm clothes.

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Green building of the Winter Palace on the Palace Embankment against the background of the Admiralty and St. Isaac`s Cathedral
Monument to Admiral Makarov and Naval St. Nicholas Cathedral on the Anchor Square of Kronstadt
Winter Palace (the Hermitage Museum) in the rays of the setting sun from the Palace Embankment
Dawn over the river Neva (four in the morning) during the white nights
The drawn Palace Bridge at 2 A.M. During the period of white nights it is not dark even at night.
Romanic atmosphere on the embankments of the Neva. There are always a lot of sweethearts there.
In summer every hour dozens of pleasure boats pass by the Church of Savior on the Blood running along the Griboyedov Canal
Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo outside of St. Petersburg
Grand Peterhof Palace and fountains of the Grand Cascade
View of the Pavlovsk Palace from the side of the main parade
Amber Room of the Catherine Palace of Tsarskoe Selo
Stairs leading from the Pavlovsk Palace to the Slavyanka River, in Pavlovsk Park
Lion`s bridge Griboedova channel
Griboyedov Canal near Kaznacheyskaya Street where Dostoyevsky lived
Jordan Staircase is the main entrance of the Hermitage Museum
Lions on the Bank Bridge
Peter and Paul fortress as viewed from the river Neva
View of the Smolny Cathedral from Shpalernaya street
Palace Square, General Staff Headquarters Arch and the Alexander Column as viewed from the Hermitage
Spit of Vasilievsky (Basil) Island as viewed from the Palace Embankment
St. Isaac`s Cathedral in the rays of the setting sun
Church of Savior on the Blood on the Griboyedov Canal was built on the site where the emperor Alexander II was assassinated
Inside of the Church of Savior on the Blood is covered with Byzantine mosaic panels
Summer Garden near the river Fontanka is the favorite walk of the citizens of Petersburg
Vyborg Castle in the Castle Island is a landmark of Vyborg
Gatchina Palace in the St. Petersburg outside is very similar to the knight`s castle
Engineer (St. Michael`s) Castle as viewed from the Moika River
Building of monks` cells of the Alexander Nevsky Lavra in St. Petersburg
The Admiralty as viewed from the observation platform of St. Isaac`s Cathedral
View of Kazan Cathedral and its colonnade from Nevsky Prospect (Avenue)
Church of St. Isidore on Rimsky-Korsakov Avenue
The Summer Palace of Peter I in the Summer garden of St. Petersburg was built in 1708 and has remained unchanged since then
Equestrian statue of Peter I on the Senate Square is one of the symbols of St. Petersburg
The Kunstkamera Museum on the embankment of Vasilievsky (Basil) Island
St. Michael`s Castle is the main building of the Russian State Museum
Façade of the Tauride Palace is a classic model upon which manors were built all over Russia
Marble Palace on the bank of Neva river in St. Petersburg
St. Nicolas Naval Cathedral at St. Petersburg
The Aurora cruiser in Saint Petersburg is a symbol of the October Revolution of 1917
Elagin Palace in St. Petersburg was built in the 18th century in the Palladian style
The Chesma Church was built in 1777 on the site where Catherine II received news of the victory of the Russian fleet
Intercession Church in the Museum of Wooden Architecture Bogoslovka near St. Petersburg
The fortress wall of the Boyar city of the Ivangorod fortress of 1496 on the banks of the Narva River