Saint Petersburg by Guest blogger Margarita Erözgen

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Spectacular St Petersburg

St Petersburg is a north-western city of the Russian Federation, also known as the “Northern Capital”, and is the second biggest city in Russia.

It was founded on May 27, 1703 by Tsar Peter the Great on the Neva River.

The Historic centre of Saint Petersburg and related groups of monuments constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And this splendid city is one of the most popular tourism destinations.

The Cites of St. Petersburg


Hermitage is one of the oldest and largest museums in the world. It has the largest and most wonderful collections of Egyptian antiques, armours in the Knight’s Hall, Dutch Golden Age and Flemish Baroque including Rubens and Rembrant, Italian Renaissence including Leonardo da Vinci and Italian and such outstanding impressionists as Van Gogh, Monet, Degas and Matisse.

The Winter Palace with its rich decorations homes the Hermitage and a masterpiece itself.



Kunstkamera is the first Russian museum including big Collection of Ethnographic halls with peoples in their traditional environment.

Peter encouraged research of deformities all along trying to debunk the superstitious fear of monsters.  He issued a decree ordering malformed, still born infants to be sent from all over the country to the imperial collection. He then had them put on show in the Anthropology Hall, Kunstkamera as examples of accidents of nature. 

The Peter and Paul Fortress

The Peter and Paul Fortress is the original citadel of St. Petersburg Russia, and in the early 20th century it was still used as a prison for political prisoners, by the Tsarist government. Also in the cathedral of Peter and Paul lay the tombs of the Emperors and the Empresses of the Romanov Dynasty.

Church of Saviour on Blood

Church of Saviour on Blood harks back to medieval Russian architecture in the sprit of romantic nationalism, which is different from St Petersburg’s other structures. Inside the scenes form the Old Testament and the New Testament are depicted in mosaic.

Kazan Cathedral

The Kazan Cathedral’s interior, with its numerous columns, echoes the exterior colonnade. It is an active cathedral where the orthodox services are still held in it routinely.

Saint Isaac’s Cathedral

The Saint Isaac’s Cathedral’s shapes grandiosity is impressive and the colonnade is absolutely irresistible. The inside is filled with the most wonderful stones that you can’t even imagine. And when you go in the stairs to have a look from the colonnade, you can’t get your eyes off the brilliant panorama of St. Petersburg, but when you see the sculptures watching the sunset from the top of the colonnade the only thing you want to do is fly into the golden sky with them, and nothing else.

The Suburbs: Petergof

Petergof is a magnificent palatial complex filled with incredible fountains, with golden sculptures. It is the best place to show your carefulness skills because the palace is full of spit devils and you can’t get out of there without getting soaking wet if you don’t act carefully.

The garden is spectacular, and when u see the garden you get amused and image how you are walking in it and this great journey lasts forever.

Walk on the roofs

A walk on the roofs in white nights of St. Petersburg. In the summer months the nights become curiosily indistinguishable from day and this is just the right time you should have a romantic walk on the roofs and take a good look at St. Petersburg’s buildings roads and historic places from above.

A Boat Tour

A boat tour on the channels. It’s one of the most inspiring tours in St. Petersburg, in which you travel on the channels and the sight is beautiful, especially when you pass under the incredible bascule bridge. 

Margarita Belemir Erözgen

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