Top 5 Must Do's in St Petersburg

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The beautiful city of St. Petersburg is filled with palaces and churches that are all worthy of a visit, but if you haven't got the time to appreciate everything, here are five places that absolutely can't be missed. They range across the history, religion, and royal family of Russia, leaving you feeling as though you've seen everything that St. Petersburg has to offer.

Palace Square

Start off with a visit to the most historical location in all of St. Petersburg. Palace Square has been the site of the most important events in Russian history, including Bloody Sunday and the storming of the Winter Palace. It's also the location of the Alexander Column, which is the largest free-standing monument in the world.

The Hermitage Museum and the Winter Palace

When you're at the Palace Square, be sure to step inside the Hermitage Museum of the old Winter Palace. It houses nearly 3 million exhibits that aim to show all of world culture from the Paleolithic to contemporary times. Be sure to purchase your ticket online to avoid long lines and get the added bonus of being permitted to take photographs in certain exhibits. To take full advantage you should consider buying the two-day ticket that includes entrance to the Menshikov Palace and other buildings.

Peterhof Palace

While the Peterhof is certainly not the grandest palace in St. Petersburg, the grounds are absolutely remarkable. Wander the lower and upper gardens to see the marble statues and, most impressive, the fountains that grace the lovely gardens. You can have lunch at one of the cafes or even bring a picnic.

Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood

This postcard church of St. Petersburg is sure to brighten anyone's day. In a place that one thinks of as being cold and gray, the Church of Our Savior offers colorful relief. The architecture is topped off with the famous onion-domes, making the outside picture-perfect. The inside is an array of colors, with nearly every inch being filled with mosaics and paintings.

Alexander Novsky Monastery and Tikhvin Cemetary

If you think of Russia in terms of literary and musical greatness, then don't miss the Alexander Novsky Monastery. The Tikhvin Cemetary located on the grounds of the monastery is the resting place of historical greats such as Tchaikovsky, Dostoyevsky and Borodin. It's absolutely beautiful when dusted with snow.

August 21, 2009 new by tiffanymparker

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