|Tidbits From Saint Petersburg
March 24, 2013
In 2011 I went on a cruise to, among other cities/countries, the lovely Saint Petersburg in Russia. I spent one day there, which was not nearly enough! So I definitely hope to go back there again. Because not only was Saint Petersburg a beautiful city filled with historic places, it was also a city filled with magnificent architecture and many stunning churches to explore. Therefore it was not easy to choose which photos to publish in this post, but below are some tidbits from my visit to Saint Petersburg in August of 2011.
There are more than 400 bridges in Saint Petersburg, this bridge was one of my favourites.
The Anichkov Bridge, or The Wild Horse Tame Bridge. On each corner of this bridge was a statue of a wild horse being tamed by a young man. Each statue symbolizes a stage in taming a wild horse.
The main street in Saint Petersburg, Nevsky Prospect, started after the The Anichkov Bridge.
This huge building is the city's oldest shopping centre and one of the first shopping arcades in the world.
Huge! The name of this department store is Great Gostiny Dvor.
The Great Gostiny Dvor has more than 100 indoor shops.
The Saint Catherine Armenian Church, built in 1771 -1776, was one of the many gorgeous churches located along the Nevsky Prospect.
The Catholic Church of Saint Catherine, one of the oldest Catholic churches in Russia.
The Lutheran Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, one of the oldest and largest protestant churches in Russia, was also located along the Nevsky Prospect.
The most famous church in Saint Petersburg seen from the main street was The Church On Spilled Blood.
This church which was built exactly where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated in March of 1881.
The church was designed by architect Alfred Alexandrovich Parland. The Church On Spilled Blood has the largest collection of mosaics in Russia, more than 7000 square meters.
At the end of Nevsky Prospect lies the Palace Square with several magnificent architectural buildings.
The huge building behind the gigantic column there is The Winter Palace.
Peter the Great founded Saint Petersburg in 1703 and The Winter Palace was commissioned by his daughter, Empress Elizabeth Petrovna, in 1754 as an official royal residence (finished 1764). Until the Russian revolution in 1917 The Winter Palace was where the Russian tsars and monarchs used to live.
On the opposite side of The Winter Palace lies The General Staff Building, built between 1820-30.
And the big column in the middle of The Palace Square is the Alexander Column, the tallest red granite column in the world.
A short cut from the Palace Square to the Nevsky Prospect is through the General Staff Building tunnel.
Back on Nevsky Prospect.
A busy street indeed!
About 60 small rivers and canals run through Saint Petersburg, some can be seen from Nevsky Prospect.
Ta da! Here I am about to board the cruise ship I traveled to Saint Petersburg with from Stockholm in Sweden (via Tallinn in Estonia) after a very eventful and lovely day of sightseeing in Russia. And like I said in the beginning of the post - I will be back! :p
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