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St Petersburg Recent History

St Petersburg was founded in 1703 by Peter The Great who said at that it would be ‘Russia’s gateway to Europe’ It was the Capital of Russia until shortly after the Russian Revolution in 1917. It was originally called Petrograd but renamed Leningrad in 1924. After the fall of communism it was renamed St Petersburg. It is the most northern city in the world with a population of more than a million people.
After the Russian Revolution in 1917 this extremely beautiful city was renamed Leningrad. During WW2 Hitler’s army lay siege to the city and subjected it to constant bombardment. In spite of this St Petersburg remains one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It is renowned for its palatial buildings and is the home of many of Russia’s wealthy and powerful including President Vladimir Putin

St Petersburg Sightseeing Attractions

For many people the most striking thing about St Petersburg is the fact it is has 342 bridges. They dominate the city’s main river, the Neva, and the waterways around a 100 small islands. When designing the city Peter the Great is thought to have been influenced by the canals of Amsterdam which he thought were aesthetically more acceptable than streets. Initially there were ten bridges but after his death their building continued with the first across the River Neva being built in the 19th century.
Many bridges  are named after people others have more sober names – bank or post bridge. Some reflect particular styles of architecture, whilst others are brightly coloured.St Petersburg is also known as the city of many palaces. Particularly striking are the Baroque residences the Kikin Hall and the Menishikov Palace. It is undoubtedly one of the most architecturally one of Europe’s most splendid cities.
Gatchina Palace, 1 Prospect Gatchina St Petersburg – The Gatchina Palace with its private apartments was built by Alexander III as a present to his family. This Medieval style Palace which architecturally is reserved in Palace terms is surrounded  by grounds that include glorious Parks and lakes  can be found at Privokzalnaia Ploschad.  The Great Gatchina Palace was built between 1766 and 1781 by Italian architect Antonio Rinaldi. The palace interiors are reminiscent of Russian Classicism at the turn of the 18th and 19th century. Whilst Alexander III resided here, the Palace was referred to as ”The Citadel Of Autocracy” which was because of the Tsar’s reactionary policies. The last remaining Tsar Nicholas II spent much of his youth at Gatchina. It is a highly rated attraction amongst tourists and locals alike. Opening times are 11 am till 6 pm Tues-Sun. Entry fee is cheap at around 5 Euro’s website http://gatchinapalace.ru/
The Monument to The heroic Defenders of Leningrad St Petersburg Ploschad Pobedy The Monument is very much the focal point of the Victory Square. It’s an obelisk monument which was made in honour of the soldiers and public of Leningrad who through tremendous courage and intelligence managed to fend off the sadistic Nazi’s  during a World War Two siege which lasted 900 days. It is one of St Petersburg’s most imposing sights.  It is a sobering experience which reminds us to be thankful for all we have. It includes an Underground Memorial Hall which chillingly documents these experiences. Admission is free and it’s open 10 am to 6 pm Thurs-Tues website – http://www.spbmuseum.ru/
Saint Petersburg State Circus/ Nab reki Fontanki 3 – This mesmerising Circus was established in 1877 and includes such unique sights as Camels ridden by monkeys, motorbikes ridden by bears and tip toeing elephants  along with more traditional acts such as Acrobats, clowns and strongmen. It is one of Russia’s leading Circus companies.  Performance times and reservations can be made on tel no: 7812-210-4411 Tickets cost in the region of 200 to 600 Rubles  website http://www.circus.spb.ru/ru
Leningrad Zoo, St Petersburg 1 Alexandrovsky Park – This city zoo located at Alexander Park opened its doors to the public in 1865. They have a total of 2,000 animals and 410 different species. It was founded by Animal loving married couple Sofia Gerhardt and Julius Gerhardt. The Zoo retained the Leningrad name despite the city returning to its original name of St Petersburg. They have some stunning polar bears, Tigers and a large Reptilian house. Entry is free for children under 4 years old and entry fee is around 350 Rubles for everyone else. Opening times are 10 am till 7 pm website  http://www.spbzoo.ru/
Dvortsovyi Mos, St Petersburg 190 between Palace Square and Vasilievsky Island  [St Petersburg drawbridge] – This is a 250 Metres Long Drawbridge is fairly young at 90 years old and is particularly pretty at nighT time when it’s fully lit. In the summer the drawbridge is opened at night to allow shipping to get through. It can be found very close to St Petersburg Winter Palace. It stretches across the lovely Neva River near the Winter Palace. It was built between 1912 and 1916 by highly skilled engineer A.I. Pshnitskii. There’s no charge for this Bridge website n/a
St Petersburg Winter Palace, 38 Dvortsovaya Naberezhnaya St Petersburg tel no: 7812-571-8446 – The Winter Palace was the official home of the Russian Monarchs between  1732 and 1917The palace is located between the Palace Embankment and Palace Square. The storming of the Winter Palace in 1917 became a monumental symbol of the Russian Revolution. This majestic kingdom is white and green and used an Elizabethan Baroque style of architecture. According to recent calculations the Palace contains 1, 768 doors, 1,945 windows, 1,500 rooms and 117 staircases. 1905 saw the Bloody Sunday massacre occur when the rebels marched towards the Palace but by that time the Royal family had decided to relocate to the secluded setting of Alexander Palace.  Opening hours are 10.30 am to 6 pm and 5 pm on Sunday’s. Entry price is 200 Rubles for Adults and 100 Rubles for students website http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/
Menshikov Palace St Petersburg Uinversitetskaya nab 15 – The Palace was the first stone building to be erected in St. Petersburg. It is a Petrine Baroque building which means it’s a style of architecture invented by Russian Tsar Peter The Great. Since 1981 the Palace has been utilized as a public museum, a branch of St Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum. The palace was originally founded in 1710 as the home of Saint Petersburg Governor General Alexander Menshikov. The palace was built by talented Italian architect Giovanni Maria  Fontana and opened in 1711. The Palace now houses a fascinating collection of Russian Art from the late 17th till Early 18th century. Opening hours are 10.30 to 6 am Tues-Sat and 10.30 – 5 pm On Sunday. Entry price is 100/200 Rubles for Adult’s and students. website http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/
The Russian Museum, St Petersburg 191186  – The Russian Museum is the largest depository of fine Russian Art in the city. The Museum was said to have been founded on April 13th 1895 at the time of Nicholas II’  Coronation. It was built in honour of Nicholas’s iconic Father, Alexander III. In the aftermath of 1917’s Russian Revolution many private documents and collections were officially nationalized and placed in The Russian Museum. Notable works include Karl Brullov’s painting The Last Day of Pompeii and Ivan Aivazovsky’s the Ninth Wave [1950]. This opulent building provides the perfect surroundings for a sophisticated and cultural experience. Opening hours are 10 am till 5 pm, except Tuesday’s. Entry fee is around 5 Euro’s website  http://www.rusmuseum.ru/eng/home
Planeta Neptun, St Petersburg  Ul Marata 86 – Planet Neptun is an under water Oceanarium. It’s an ideal attraction for 5 to 12 year old Children who are sick of visiting churches and Museums. It’s newly built in 2006 and despite being a little on the small side it has beautiful displays and is designed superbly well. Their Aquarium contains sea life such as sea Lions, They have a rather large fish tank with some very colourful looking and exotic fish. They are open 10 am till 9 pm and the shark feeding shows are at 7 pm. Expect to pay between 250 and 500 Rubles for a ticket, the cheapest are obviously intended for Children. Kids under five go free.website http://www.planeta-neptun.ru/

Restaurants In St Petersburg

The  Russian Reataurant Aptly named and on the corner of Sadovaya and Gorokhova (nearest metro Sadovaya), this restaurant offers Russian food at very reasonable prices. The menu is in Russian but this is not a problem as all the food is visible and you can indicate your choice. The dishes which are mainly chicken or pork and are accompanied by vegetables, potato and rice.
The Petrogradskaya Bistro at Kamennoostrovskiy Prospekt, Mira Ulitsa offers a wide range of food. The choice includes borscht (meat dumplings), pasta, and other hot dishes as well as salads deserts and sandwiches. Extremely clean restaurant which is very fairly priced.
The Grand Hotel Europe opposite the Symphony Hall offers exceptionally good torts with whipped cream and other deserts as part of its ‘afternoon tea’ menu in its Mezzanine Cafe which is reasonably priced. Meals in the hotels main restaurant are in comparison very expensive.
The Dostoevsky Watering Hole, 82 Moike is a coffee shop which sells vegetarian food, cakes and vodka. Fairly priced whatever your preference! Probably one of the most bizarre restaurants in Europe can be found at Kazanskaya ul 35.The
Russian Comrade Restaurant has two distinctly different dining rooms offering the same menu. One room, (pro the old Soviet lifestyle) is dedicated to the memory of Lenin screens old black and white movies on televisions screens accompanied by modern music. The other room which has opposing political sentiments has an air of chaos about it with various items the wrong way up. On the walls there are very graphic and explicit murals depicting Lenin’s sex life with different lovers. Oh and by the way it offers good food is which is predominantly traditional Russian but accompanied by a few international bistro dishes. The service is good and the prices are average. Well worth the experience.
Crime and Personal Safety in St Petersburg There is a high threat of terrorism in St Petersburg on the metro system. The Majority of tourists enjoy a trouble-free time in the city but be wary of threat of mugging,petty theft and pickpocketing groups of people. Pickpocketing is particularly rampant in and around  Nevsky prospect.  When out for a drink, ensure you or someone in your group has an eye on your drink at all times as opportunistic drink spiking does occur, which can potentially lead to abuse[ sexual and Physical] or theft..

St Petersburg Russia Tourist Board Information http://www.st-petersburg.net/

 

St Petersburg Russia Weather Details:
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St Petersburg Russia Weather Forecast
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monthly average and extreme temperatures in St Petersburg Russia:

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January
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February
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March
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April
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May
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June
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29
July
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21
5
33
August
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13
20
1
31
September
5
9
15
-2
29
October
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4
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18
November
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12
December
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