Frozen in time
There is something captivating about this beautiful Russian city. If you want to experance Saint Petersburg my recommendation would be to start by, immersing yourself in the typical and unique atmosphere. And most importantly by feeling the city. It is distinctive, eccentric and an incomparable feeling. The Russian imperialism can be felt and seen throughout the city with its numerous galleries, museums, royal houses and architecture. The city itself is not the only one who hides treasures left from the numerous Russian royal families, the suburbs of Saint Petersburg are well worth the trip.
Peterhof or Petrodvorets: One of the most famous imperial palaces.
Peterhof is often called the Russian Versailles. The palace was built by Peter the Great. Peter wished to move the imperial court to the suburbs of the city. His successors left their marks as well. This can be seen in the infamous fountains at Peter’s Palace, the vast park grounds, and expansions of the Great Palace. Taking a walk across the styled gardens, marvelling at the decorative statues and fountains at the Grand Cascade. I recomend taking a tour inside the palace, it will feel as you have stepped back in time.
A symbol of luxury and extravagance – Tsarskoe Selo.
If any proof is needed for the extravagance of Russia’s Imperial rulers, then it can be found in the fact that, the Romanov Tsars established massive Tsarskoe Selo estates. The grounds of the palace house and numerous smaller palaces are surrounded by magnificent parks, gardens and sculptures. Of a particular interest is the main palace “Catherine Palace” represents an enormous palace of luxury and imperialistic style. The Amber Room should not be missed before taking on a walk through the amazing palace gardens.
Romanov’s Winter Palace and the Hermitage.
Winter Palace, was the main residence of the Russian Tsars. Magnificently located on the bank of the Neva River, this Baroque-style palace is perhaps St. Petersburg’s most impressive attraction. Visitors also know it as the main building of the Hermitage Museum. This is might be most visited and famous attraction in the former Russian capital.
The Hermitage is one of the biggest, richest and prestigious museums in the world. Its collections are still primarily housed in the Winter Palace. Spending a day in the museum will easily pass and feel as you have spent just an hour. As the art works in the Hermitage are so veried and come from vast periods of the world’s history. Also you will find The State Apartments in Winter Palace. This will give you a great insight of the way of living for Russian imperial families.
Other important buildings across the city.
Most of the royal families were reluctant to move their palaces to the new capital city. So, in imperialism fasion Peter the Great issues a decree that forces them to move. This lead to some of the grandest palaces in Russia and the world as a whole. They are located all across the magnificent city and the banks of the Neva River. Of particular interest is the Marble Palace built for Grigory Orlov. It is built using 32 kinds of marble. The Mikhailovskiy Palace is another great museum. It was built for the brother of Alexander I in a neoclassical style.
Saint Petersburg is a city that feels frozen in time. Across the city you will feel the imperialism, royalty and romanticism that cannot be felt anywhere else.
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