Sights of St. Petersburg


Betsky's House (also known as Palace of the Prince of Oldenburg) - a mansion built at the end of the XVIII century by order of Ivan Ivanovich Betsky. It was built in the 19th century by Vasily Stasov. Located in St. Petersburg at addresses Palace emb., 2 and Millionnaya St., 1.

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Betsky's House
Palace of the Prince of Oldenburg
59 ° 56′46 ″ s w. 30 ° 19′55 ″ c. d. H G I O L
A country Russia
TownSt. Petersburg
Architectural styleclassicism
Project Author
FounderI. I. Betskoy
Key dates
1830 — Superstructure (architect V.P. Stasov)
Status An object of cultural heritage of the peoples of the Russian Federation of federal significance. Reg. No. 781610430890006 (EGROKN). Object No. 7810575000 (Wikigid database)
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At the beginning of the 18th century, in the northern part of Tsaritsyn meadow, on the place where the house now stands, was a spruce grove. In the years 1719-21, Domenico Trezzini built a gallery for the king’s rest in this place, in which Peter I visited daily from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., received petitions from her, dined, and sometimes arranged holidays. In 1725, according to the Meyer atlas, there was a swimming pool, and in 1731 - a guardhouse.

In 1750, the eminent architect Bartolomeo Francesco Rastrelli erected a wooden two-story building on this site Opera housealso called the Bolshoi Theater. The theater was famous for its decorative decoration, there were two tiers of theatrical boxes in it. In the imperial box there were three chairs decorated with gold, and in the auditorium there were wooden chairs and benches. A noble audience attended the theater for free. French and Italian opera ballet companies performed here. In 1755, the theater gave the first Russian opera “Cephalus and Prokris”, composed by A. P. Sumarokov, and from 1757 to 1763 the building was leased from an Italian troupe, which made entrance paid. After that, many seats began to be purchased by a subscription for the whole season, since the admission was quite high (in 1759 a ticket costs 1 ruble). In the last years of the reign of Elizabeth Petrovna, tickets were handed out primarily to the court. After the departure of the Italians to their homeland, the theater stopped working. Until 1770 the building was empty, then for two years it was occupied by officers and ministers of the court department, and in 1772 it was demolished.

From 1784 to 1787, on the site of the Opera House, on the orders of Catherine II, the construction of a house was carried out for Ivan Betsky, who moved into the new mansion only 2 years after the construction was completed. There were no social events and assemblies in the house, but sometimes evenings were held here for pupils of educational institutions subordinate to Ivan Ivanovich Betsky. There was a very significant collection of works of art. At the time, many famous personalities visited Becki’s mansion, for example: the philosopher Didro or the last king of Poland, Stanislav August Poniatowski.

In 1791–96, the famous writer and fabulist Ivan Krylov lived in the house. Here he opened his printing house, where magazines were printed. "Viewer" and St. Petersburg Mercury.

In St. Petersburg, in the printing house of Krylov and his comrades, in a new His Excellency Ivan Ivanovich Betsky, near the summer garden, there is a monthly publication called The Spectator: it contains satirical, critical, yet poetic compositions, imitations and translations. This edition began in February 1792. ... If anyone for the good of Russaudits to honor this publication with the reference to his work, it will be placed with gratitude.

After Betsky’s death in 1795, the house passed into the hands of his daughter Anastasia, the wife of Admiral Osip Ribas. Since 1822, Betsky’s granddaughters took possession of the house. In 1830, the mansion was bought into the treasury and given to Prince Peter of Oldenburg. In 1837, he married Princess Teresa Nassauskaya, in connection with which, in 1839–41, the palace was built up and re-decorated according to the project of V.P. Stasov.

In September 1917, Alexander Petrovich Oldenburgsky sold the house for 1,500,000 rubles to the Provisional Government, which transferred it to the Ministry of Education. After the October Revolution, communal apartments were arranged here. In 1921, the Central Pedagogical Museum was opened in the Oldenburg house, the circle of them. M.E. Saltykov-Shchedrin.

Since 1962, Betsky’s house has been owned by the Leningrad Library Institute (currently the St. Petersburg State Institute of Culture). It is connected to the neighboring Saltykov house, also owned by the institute, with internal passages.

Hermitage (Winter Palace)

The first thing that comes to mind after the words “St. Petersburg museums” is the Hermitage. Founded in 1764, this museum is the largest in the world by the number of exhibits. Judge for yourself, in 350 rooms located in five buildings, there are over 2 million 700 thousand exhibits: 600 thousand archaeological finds, 15 thousand paintings by masters from around the world, more than a million medals and coins, and much more. It is believed that the foundation for the creation of the Hermitage was the personal collection of Peter the Great, greatly expanded by Catherine II.
The museum is located on Palace Square, near the Admiralteyskaya metro station, on the banks of the Neva River. From there, Nevsky Prospect originates. More details

How to get there:
From the Admiralteyskaya metro station, walk along Bolshaya Morskaya Street, cross Nevsky Prospect, then through the Arch of the General Staff Building to Palace Square.
Ground urban transport: Stop "The State Hermitage". Trolleybuses: 1, 7, 10, 11. Buses: 7, 10, 24,191. Express bus: 187.

St. Petersburg, Palace Square, 2

400 rub

The Russian Museum

The largest museum of Russian culture. Among the expositions of the “Imperial Museum of Russian Art of Alexander III”, opened after repair in 1898, renamed after 1917, are the masterpieces of Russian artists and artisans. The museum is also famous for the collection of icons of Ancient Russia.
In the halls and storage rooms there are over 400 thousand objects of art. The museum building itself is also interesting - it is located in the former Mikhailovsky Palace.
It is located near the Nevsky Prospect and Gostiny Dvor metro stations. More details

How to get there:
From the Nevsky Prospekt metro station, cross Nevsky Prospect at the underpass, then along Mikhailovskaya Street, through Arts Square and you are in front of the central facade of the Mikhailovsky Palace (Russian Museum).

St. Petersburg, Griboedov Canal Embankment, 2

350 rub

Saint Isaac's Cathedral

Favorite for folklore Cathedral of St. Petersburg. It began to be built under Catherine II of marble, and finished under Paul I of brick. It was broken under Alexander I and built of granite. The main architect of the cathedral was Auguste Monferand - “Michelangelo of the North”, who built it for 40 years and died a month after its opening. It was named after Isaac Dalmatian - the patron saint of the city.
A large number of interesting facts and architectural innovations are associated with St. Isaac's Cathedral. During the construction, photographs were taken - one of the first in the country. For the first time, the technology of electroforming was used, which made it possible to arrange bas-reliefs and copper statues at a height.
It is located near the Admiralteyskaya metro station, near the famous Angliter Hotel.
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How to get there:
From the Admiralteyskaya metro station to the left, walk along Malaya Morskaya Street to St. Isaac's Square, approximately 5 minutes on the way.

St. Petersburg, St. Isaac's Square, 4

250 rub

Savior on Blood (Church of the Resurrection of Christ)

One of the most mysterious sights of the Northern capital is Spas on Blood. It was founded on the site of the assassination of Alexander II in 1883. Seven riddles are associated with the “gingerbread” temple, as Petersburgers like to call it. Here are a few of them:
- scaffolding, standing around for a long time. It was believed that the collapse of the USSR would happen when they were dismantled. They were removed in 1991,
- in Soviet times, in order to save crosses from re-melting, residents hid them at the bottom of the Griboedov Canal, on which the temple itself is located. During the restoration, this became known thanks to an accidental passerby who told restorers about this fact,
- during the construction, architects used not only religious symbols. Many decisions reflect the activities of Alexander III, his age. Also, on the domes and indoors, you can find the arms of the Russian peoples and the main symbol - the double-headed eagle,
- and the last is the icon of prophecy. According to legend, the main dates in the history of Russia are encrypted on it, and also, so far indistinctly, new and important for the country in the future appear.
It is located not far from the metro stations Gostiny Dvor and Nevsky Prospekt. More details

How to get there:
Get to the Nevsky Prospekt metro station, go to the Griboedov Canal and walk along the canal to the Cathedral, about 5 minutes on the way.

Saint Petersburg, emb. Griboedov Canal, 2 b

250 rub

Peter-Pavel's Fortress

The Peter and Paul Fortress was founded in 1703 by order of Tsar Peter I on Zayachy Island. It got its name after the revolution in 1917. At the moment, it is the largest of the historical museums of modern Russia. On the territory of the fortress is the first monument in honor of the victory of Russian weapons - the Triumphal Gate. Also, the museum has the largest number of bells, among which the famous carillon is a gift from the nobility from Flanders.
The fortress is built in the form of a hexagon and is a powerful defensive structure. On the sides are protective bastions. You can climb the bastions, they offer excellent views of the city and its attractions. The Peter and Paul Fortress is located on the banks of the Neva River near the Gorkovskaya metro station. More details

How to get there:
From the Gorkovskaya metro station, walk along Alexander Park along Kamennoostrovsky Prospect towards the Neva, then across the Ioannovsky Bridge to the territory of the Peter and Paul Fortress, on the way, for about 7 minutes.

St. Petersburg, Peter and Paul Fortress, 3

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The next attraction of St. Petersburg is located in a small distance - about 30 km, on the shores of the Gulf of Finland. Here is a small house of Peter I, subsequently transformed into the official summer residence of the king.
In the center of Peterhof is the famous statue of Samson, defeating the mountain lion with his bare hands. This symbolized the victory in the Northern War against the Swedes. Samson showed that the decisive battle - the battle of Poltava, occurred on the day of Samson the Stranger.
The territory of Peterhof totals more than 2,500 acres of land, on which there are more than 200 fountains decorating 11 parks. By the number of fountains in Europe, only the famous Versailles can compete with Peterhof. More details

How to get there:
By taxi from the metro stations: Avtovo - No. 224, 300, 424, 424-A.
Municipal bus: No. 200, 210 of the metro station Leninsky Prospekt - No. 103, K-224, 420, metro station Prospekt Veteranov - No. 343, 639-b, metro station Baltiyskaya - No. 404.
By train: from Baltiysky Train Station - Baltiyskaya metro station to Novy Petergof train station.
By water from the berths of St. Petersburg: Palace Embankment 18, Admiralteyskaya Embankment 2.

Peterhof city, Razvodnaya street, 2

500 rub

Tsarskoye Selo

The city of Pushkin is famous, first of all, for the Tsarskoye Selo Museum-Reserve. On its territory there are immediately two significant palaces - these are Alexander and Catherine. In the latter is the world famous Amber Room. Amazing parks are located near each residence.
Since 1918, all the buildings of the complex were transferred to children's health camps and renamed the Children's Village. A museum was opened in the Catherine Palace. Unfortunately, during the blockade, most of the ensemble was destroyed. Reconstruction is underway now, a significant part has been restored. More details

How to get there:
From Vitebsky Station in St. Petersburg: Electric train to the Detskoe Selo station (Pushkin) and then bus number 371, 382 or minibus number 371, 377, 382 to the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Reserve.
From the Moskovskaya metro station in St. Petersburg: Minibus taxi No. 342, 545 to the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Reserve.

Pushkin city, Sadovaya street, 7

120 rub

The main attraction of Pavlovsk is the palace and park complex, built during the lifetime of Paul I and his wife. The composition of the park consists of landscape areas, pavilions, bridges and sculptures. There is also a working church of Peter and Paul. You can explore the territory of a huge park all day. For convenience, visitors are rented bicycles, boats, electric cars. To the city there are trains from St. Petersburg from M Pushkinskaya and Kupchino.
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How to get there:
Electric train from Vitebsk station to Pavlovsk station. Journey time is 40 minutes.
Electric train from the station "Kupchino." Journey time is 25 minutes.

Pavlovsk, st. Sadovaya, 20

100 rub

The estate of Gatchina was favored by imperial persons. Here, Paul I and Alexander III loved to spend time. Gatchina rightfully deserved the title of the most comfortable of the small cities of Russia. In the central area of ​​the city beautiful parks prevail: Palace, Sylvia, Orlova grove. Currently, the residence of the emperors has become a venue for interesting events: festivals, concerts, exhibitions, excursions. You can get to Gatchina by train from the Baltic Station and by buses from M Moskovskaya.
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How to get there:
By train - from the Baltic Station. By bus number 431 and minibus number 18 and 18A - from the metro station "Moskovskaya".

Gatchina, Krasnoarmeysky prospekt, 1

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The former Menshikov Manor Oranienbaum has become a world-famous palace and park complex. The magnificence with which the nobleman of Peter the Great furnished his home was to emphasize the power and greatness of Russia. And he succeeded, judging by the reviews of European travelers. On the estate there are beautiful palaces, parks, ponds, bridges, pavilions, sculptures. Oranienbaum is located on the shores of the Gulf of Finland.
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How to get there:
By shuttle taxi from Avtovo metro stations - No. 300, No. 424-A, Leninsky Prospekt - K-224, Veteranov Prospect - No. 343 Baltiyskaya - No. 404.
By train from the Baltiysky railway station - Baltiyskaya metro station to Oranienbaum railway station.

Oranienbaum Palace and Park Ensemble

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Kronstadt is a port city that emerged from a fortress on the island of Kotlin. Peter I conceived the fortress as a reliable defensive structure and with the characteristic energy he embodied the plan. In the history of Kronstadt since 1704, not a single vessel of the enemy approached St. Petersburg. Currently, the city is open to all comers. There is something to see here: memorials, monuments, museums, parks eloquently tell about the military glory of the fortified city.

How to get there:
From the metro station "Old Village", bus number 101 runs.
From the metro station “Staraya Derevnya”, you can take the minibus number 407.
From the metro station “Staraya Derevnya”, you can take the minibus number 405.


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Summer garden

Perhaps the most frequently changing sight of St. Petersburg. Laid in 1704, he was constantly being transformed. At different times, such masters as Rastrelli, Egorov, Rossi, Ugryumov and others worked on its layout. It is believed that the garden acquired its classic layout in 1716, when the famous French architect Leblond took up it.
The Summer Garden, like the Summer Palace, which is part of the summer residence complex, is located on an artificial island.For its formation, the Swan Channel was dug, and the channel of the Moika River was extended to the Fontanka.
Located near the metro stations "Gostiny Dvor" and "Nevsky Prospekt." More details

How to get there:
From the metro station "Gostiny Dvor" on foot along Sadovaya Street towards the Neva River, a walk will take about 10 minutes.

St. Petersburg, Kutuzova embankment, 2

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The most famous part of the museum is several halls with anatomical exhibits. The beginning of the creation of the museum was the personal collection of the emperor, collected by him over several decades. The remaining halls store a large number of ethnographic values, giving an idea of ​​the development of culture and crafts of the peoples of China, India, North America and many others.
The phrase that Peter I said when signing the decree on the opening of the Kunstkamera went down in history: “I want people to watch and learn!”
The Kunstkamera Museum is located near the Vasileostrovskaya metro station on Universitetskaya Embankment. More details

How to get there:
It is best to use public transport.
From the metro station "Admiralteyskaya", buses 7, 24, 191, trolley buses - 1, 7, 10, 11.
From the metro station "Nevsky Prospect", buses 7, 24, 191, trolley buses - 1, 7, 10, 11.
From the metro station "Vasileostrovskaya", buses 24, 47.
From the Sportivnaya metro station, buses 191, 10, trolley 1.

St. Petersburg, University Embankment, 3

250 rub

Kazan Cathedral

Kazan Cathedral appeared in 1737 on the site of a small church built for the icon of the Kazan Mother of God, transported by decree of Perth I to the new capital. After the coronation of Catherine II, the church and a number of other buildings were demolished, and an extensive city square was built in their place. The cathedral itself appeared later, in 1811.
The main difficulty faced by the architect is the location of the altar. According to church canons, it should be located to the east. Accordingly, the main entrance was supposed to go to a small street, while its northern part - to the Nevsky project. A colonnade was built for this - it hides the main part of the cathedral, as if enclosing it.
Kazan Cathedral is equidistant from Gostiny Dvor, Nevsky Prospekt and Admiralteyskaya metro stations. More details

How to get there:
From the Nevsky Prospekt metro station, go to the Griboedov Canal, cross Nevsky Prospect and you are in front of Kazan Cathedral.

St. Petersburg, Kazan Square, 2

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Monument to Peter I (The Bronze Horseman)

The famous monument to Peter I by the famous Italian sculptor E. Falcone is a gift to the city from Catherine II in honor of the 100th anniversary of the ascension to the throne of her great predecessor. According to the design of the monument, it was to symbolize the greatness of Russia, the continuity of power and not have analogues in Europe. Falcone brilliantly coped with the task. For more than 230 years, the Bronze Horseman, towering above the city, is one of the main attractions of St. Petersburg, its guardian angel.
The history of the creation of the monument to “boldness is like”, and every detail is deeply symbolic. The equestrian statue on a huge boulder is Russia’s eternal desire to move forward, to overcome obstacles, to rise above the unbridled elements.
The monument is located on Senate Square. More details

How to get there:
From the stations "Nevsky Prospect", "Gostiny Dvor", "Admiralteyskaya"
Trolleybuses: 5, 22, Buses: 3, 22, 27, 10 to St. Isaac's Square, then on foot to the Neva, through the Alexander Garden.

Saint Petersburg, Senate Square

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Naval Nikolsky Cathedral

Nicholas Naval Cathedral was laid down in Elizabethan times for donations from citizens as a “regimental church” for sailors, but already in 1762, Catherine II ordered her to be granted the status of a cathedral. So, the first Naval Cathedral appears - the spiritual support of the Russian fleet in the days of victories and defeats. The main churches of the church are dedicated to St. Nicholas the Miracle-Worker and the Epiphany of the Lord and remained valid from the time of consecration, did not stop worship even in Soviet atheistic times.
The majestic blue and white baroque cathedral with five-domed churches and belfries is a recognizable religious building of St. Petersburg, a place of worship for the naval valor of Russian sailors, commemoration of the crews of sunken ships and submarines. The main shrines are the miraculous icon of St. Nicholas with a particle of his relics, ancient icons of the Russian masters Kolokolnikovs.
The cathedral is located on Nikolskaya Square, not far from the Sennaya Ploshchad metro station.

How to get there:
From Sadovaya metro station by public transport:
Bus: 49, 181. Minibuses: K-7, K-124, K-195, K-212. Tram number 3.

Saint Petersburg, Nikolskaya Square, 1/3

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Marble Palace

Among the many palace complexes of St. Petersburg, the Marble Palace is a magnificent example of early classicism, the creation of the great masters Rinaldi and Egorov. In the decoration of the facade and interiors used more than 30 varieties of marble, granite, lapis lazuli, the building is decorated with sculptures and bas-reliefs. Laid down at the direction of Catherine II as a gift to the favorite Count Orlov, the palace was not completed during the life of the owner, and since 1783 it has become the property of the courtyard. Until 1917, the Grand Dukes of the Romanovs from the Konstantinovich branch lived there.
Since 1992, the palace has been a branch of the Russian Museum with exhibition halls of classical and modern painting.
The Marble Palace is located in the historical center of St. Petersburg near the Nevsky Prospekt metro station. More details

How to get there:
Drive to the Nevsky Prospekt metro station, exit onto the Griboedov Canal, walk along the canal past Spas na Krovi, then through the Field of Mars towards the Neva. The walk takes 15 minutes.

St. Petersburg, Millionnaya St., 5/1

200 rub

Menshikov Palace

The residence of the first Governor-General of St. Petersburg, Prince Menshikov, amazes with luxury and magnificence. One of the first palaces of the city was built at the beginning of the XVIII century. the best European architects in the Baroque style, decorated with marble, precious tiles and trellis, sculpting and carved wood. After the fall of Menshikov, the palace passed into the possession of the treasury, it housed the Cadet Corps.
In the Soviet period, the palace was restored, since 1981 there has been a branch of the Hermitage with cultural and historical exhibitions that reflect the Petrine era.
The heritage monument of Russian culture is located on Universitetskaya Embankment, Vasileostrovskaya metro station. More details

It is best to get from Nevsky Prospekt by public transport to
stop "University".
Trolleybuses: 1, 10, 11. Buses: 7, 24. Express bus: 187.

St. Petersburg, University Embankment, 15

300 rub

Cruiser Aurora"

A visit to the Petrovskaya Embankment is invariably associated with the Aurora, a cruiser of the Baltic Fleet, located in the “eternal parking lot”. Launched in 1900, the warship participated in the Russo-Japanese and World War I, the revolutionary events of 1917, was in service until 1948.
In 1957, received the status of a "ship-museum", is a monument to the history of the Russian fleet. "Aurora" is one of the main attractions of St. Petersburg, personifying stormy revolutionary events and turning points in the life of Russia. More details

How to get there:
From the Gorkovskaya metro station, go towards the Neva along Kamennoostrovsky Prospekt, turn left at Troitsky Bridge and walk along Petrovskaya Embankment to the cruiser Aurora.

St. Petersburg, Petrogradskaya embankment, 3

400 rub

House of Peter 1

According to legend, it was built by the king personally. Of course, in fact, the house of Peter I was built by carpenters in just 3 days. So the king was eager to begin the foundation of a new city. It was from this building that the construction of St. Petersburg began. From the windows of his residence, Peter watched the construction of the Peter and Paul Fortress.
In 1930, the house received the status of a museum. Now it is available for visiting all year round. At the entrance there is a sign indicating the growth of the king: 2m 4 cm. Here are stored his personal belongings and even the boat. The house of Peter I is located on Petrovskaya Embankment near Troitskaya Square.
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How to get there:
From the Gorkovskaya metro station, go towards the Neva along Kamennoostrovsky Prospekt, turn left at Troitsky Bridge and walk along Petrovskaya Embankment to the House of Peter I.

St. Petersburg, Petrovskaya Embankment, 6

200 rub

Chizhik-Pyzhik on the Fontanka

The mysterious Chizhik-Pyzhik lives in St. Petersburg. Even the exact address of the bird is known: Fontanka, opposite house No. 12/1. Everyone learned about the adventures of Chizhik-Pyzhik from a comic song, the authorship of which has not been established.
At the Golden Ostap festival, the idea arose to create a monument to a bird. So on November 19, 1994, a small pedestal with Chizhik-Pyzhik appeared. Nearby is a tablet with the names of "parents": artist Rezo Gabriadze and architect Slava Bukhayev. It is believed that the bird fulfills desires. To do this, throw a coin so that it remains on the pedestal next to the bird.

How to get there:
From the metro station "Gostiny Dvor" on foot along Sadovaya Street to Mikhailovsky Castle. At the intersection of Sadovaya Street and the Moika River, turn right and go to Panteleimonovsky bridge. At the bottom of the Fontanka embankment you will see a bronze figure of Chizhik-Pyzhik. A walk will take approximately 10 minutes.

Saint Petersburg, emb. Fontanka, at Panteleimonovsky bridge

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Smolny Cathedral

The appearance of the Smolny Cathedral on the Neva Embankment we owe to Empress Elizabeth Petrovna and the architect Rastrelli. The laying of the temple took place on October 30, 1748 near the resin yard. His ideological inspirers did not have a chance to see his brainchild. The construction lasted 87 years, and the architect Stasov was already engaged in the interior decoration of the temple. The result is an unusual mix of baroque and classicism.
It is interesting that the cathedral was used little for worship: it had a warehouse, then a venue for classical music concerts. The Orthodox Church Smolny Cathedral was transferred in 2015.

How to get there:
The Smolny Cathedral is best reached by public transport: from the Chernyshevskaya metro station - buses 46, 22, trolley bus 15, from the Ploshchad Vosstaniya metro station - bus 22, trolley buses 5, 7.

Saint Petersburg, Rastrelli Square, Building 1

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Holy Trinity Alexander Nevsky Lavra

The first male monastery in the city was founded by Peter I. The project of the future Holy Trinity Alexander Nevsky Lavra was developed by Domenico Trezzini. The relics of Prince Alexander were transferred to the monastery. Lavra gradually overgrown with new buildings. After a long period of inactivity in the Soviet years, monastic life is again slowly moving along the walls of the monastery. Icon painting and jewelry workshops work here. The construction complex includes churches, a bishop’s house, a seminary building. Holy Trinity Alexander Nevsky Lavra is located on the embankment of the Monastyrka River near Alexander Nevsky Square.

How to get there:
To get to the metro station “Ploshchad Aleksandra Nevskogo”, leaving the metro you will find yourself on Ploshchad Alexander Nevskogo.

Saint Petersburg, emb. Monastyrki rivers, house 1, lit. BUT

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Rostral columns

Rostral columns - giant lanterns on the arrow of Vasilievsky Island, each 32 meters high. From 1810 to 1885, they lit the way for ships to the Big and Small Neva. Inside each column there is a spiral staircase, along which in the 19th century people climbed to the observation deck and lit hemp oil in a lamp bowl. Nowadays, the Rostral columns are lit with gas on especially solemn occasions, for example, in honor of the anniversary of the Great Victory. Lanterns are decorated with rosters: the noses of ancient ships, one of which is facing the Neva, the other to the stock exchange. It is a symbol of successful maritime trade.

How to get there:
From Nevsky Prospekt metro station, take bus number 7 or trolleybus No. 10, 11 to the Admiralty (the building is visible at the end of Nevsky Prospect), get off at the first stop after Palace Bridge.
From the Admiralteyskaya metro station you can take a walk to Nevsky Prospekt, then through the Arch of the General Staff Building, cross Palace Square, through the Palace Bridge. Walking time 10 minutes on foot.

St. Petersburg, Birzhevaya Square

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Spit of Vasilyevsky Island

Peter I decided to create an architectural ensemble on Strelka Vasilievsky Island, demonstrating the harmony of nature and cityscape. Several architects worked on the project for a total of more than 100 years. The idea of ​​Peter was completely successful, which guests of St. Petersburg can personally see. Now there are historical buildings in the neo-Greek style, museums, famous sculptures. The panorama of the Spit of Vasilyevsky Island fascinates with its harmonious beauty.

How to get there:
From Nevsky Prospekt metro station, take bus number 7 or trolleybus No. 10, 11 to the Admiralty (the building is visible at the end of Nevsky Prospect), get off at the first stop after Palace Bridge.
From the Admiralteyskaya metro station you can take a walk to Nevsky Prospekt, then through the Arch of the General Staff Building, cross Palace Square, through the Palace Bridge. Walking time 10 minutes on foot.

St. Petersburg, Birzhevaya Square

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Sphinxes on University Embankment

Not everyone knows that the sphinxes on the University Embankment are real Egyptian statues with ancient inscriptions. More than 3.5 thousand years ago, they guarded the entrance to the temple in Thebes. In the 19th century, there was a wave of Egyptomania in Russia, and against this background, the proposal of the writer and traveler Muravyov to buy the Sphinxes found a response in the soul of Nicholas I. The ruler generously allowed them to be purchased. They were brought to St. Petersburg in 1832 and 2 years later installed on the pier near the Academy of Fine Arts.

How to get there:
From the metro station "Vasileostrovskaya" on pedestrian street 6th line to the Neva. Further to the left, to Piazza Trezzini (there is a monument to the architect Trezzini there), further along the University Embankment to the Academy of Arts.

St. Petersburg, University Embankment, 17

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Zoo museum

The Zoological Museum arose on the basis of the Kunstkamera in 1832. Stuffed animals were allocated to a separate exposition. At the moment, on an area of ​​6000 square meters. m put on display more than 30 thousand exhibits. Among them there are many animals of Peter I, for example, Lisette's horse. There is also the largest exhibit of a blue whale, stuffed extinct animals and dioramas depicting groups of wild animals. The museum occupies the second floor of the Zoological Institute and is located on the University Embankment More

How to get there:
From Nevsky Prospekt metro station, take bus number 7 or trolleybus No. 10, 11 to the Admiralty (the building is visible at the end of Nevsky Prospect), get off at the first stop after Palace Bridge.
From the Admiralteyskaya metro station you can take a walk to Nevsky Prospekt, then through the Arch of the General Staff Building, cross Palace Square, through the Palace Bridge. Walking time 10 minutes on foot.

St. Petersburg, Universitetskaya nab., 1

200 rub

Palace Square and the Alexander Column

Palace Square - the concentration of historical buildings in St. Petersburg. The territory is a cultural property and is a pedestrian zone. The main feature of the Palace Square: from the eastern and western sides of the buildings are symmetrical. Here you can leisurely view famous monuments from different angles: the Winter Palace and the Alexander Column, which was erected in 1834. The weight and height of the column are 704 tons and 47.5 m. Such magnificent dimensions correspond to an impressive occasion for its construction: the victory of Alexander I over Napoleon.

How to get there
From the Admiralteyskaya metro station, walk along Bolshaya Morskaya Street, cross Nevsky Prospect, then through the Arch of the General Staff Building to Palace Square.

Saint Petersburg, Palace Square

Is free.

Monument to Nicholas I

The monument to Nicholas I was erected on St. Isaac's Square in 1859. This was the first time that an equestrian statue relies on just two supports: the hind legs of a horse.On the monument, the emperor is depicted on his favorite stallion Amalatbek. The project was developed by architect Montferrand, and embodied by Klodt. The monument is decorated with 4 bas-reliefs with key events during the reign of Nicolas I and the figures of four women. Interestingly, the heads of the figures are portrait images of the wife and daughters of Nicholas I.

How to get there:
From the Admiralteyskaya metro station to the left, walk along Malaya Morskaya Street to St. Isaac's Square, then turn left, you will see a monument. It takes about 5 minutes to get there.

St. Petersburg, St. Isaac's Square

Is free.

Monument to Catherine II

The monument to Catherine II was erected in honor of the 100th anniversary of her accession to the Russian throne. A team of architects, sculptors and artists worked on the statue. The bronze figure of the empress is surrounded by 10 prominent figures of her time, at her feet lies a crown. The monument was erected on Ostrovsky Square in front of the Alexandrinsky Theater. Catherine Square is also broken here. According to legend, a treasure treasure is buried under the monument. The attraction is a 10-minute walk from Gostiny Dvor metro station.

How to get there:
From the metro station "Gostiny Dvor", right on Nevsky Prospekt, after 2 minutes you will be in front of the monument to Catherine II.

St. Petersburg, Ostrovsky Square, Yekaterinensky Square

Is free.

Palace Bridge

The Palace Bridge connects the center of St. Petersburg with Vasilievsky Island. The divorced Palace Bridge with night illumination has become a symbol of the city on the Neva. Although at one time, the creation of a 250-meter bridge had a lot of work to do. Dozens of projects were rejected before they approved a variant of the Kolomna Plant Society. An interesting feature: in the contract for the construction of the bridge, it was noted that all work will be performed only by Russian workers and engineers and only from domestic material. The bridge was built for almost 5 years and opened for traffic on December 23, 1916.

How to get there:
From the Admiralteyskaya metro station you can take a walk to Nevsky Prospekt, then through the Arch of the General Staff Building, cross Palace Square and the Neva. Walking time 10 minutes on foot.

St. Petersburg, connects the Palace Embankment Strelka Vasilievsky Island

Is free.

Narva Gate

The Narva Gate on Stachek Square glorifies the feat of the heroes of the Patriotic War of 1812. They were built in collaboration with the architect Stasov and sculptors Pimenov, Klodt and Demut-Malinovsky. The arch is decorated with a chariot controlled by the goddess of Glory. On the gate there are inscriptions about the decisive battles. The first version of the building was executed in wood and quickly fell into disrepair. Then, the Narva Gate was restored several times. Now it is an architectural monument and a museum of military glory, in which exhibitions are held. Located near the metro station "Narvskaya".

How to get there:
Drive to the Narvskaya metro station, leaving the square, you will see a monument.

St. Petersburg, Stachek Square, 1

Is free.

Anichkov bridge

Anichkov bridge was built across the Bezymyanny Yerik River for only 50 rubles allocated by Peter I from the treasury. The process was led by Lt. Col. Anichkov, hence the name of the bridge. In 1718, 9 elephants donated to Catherine I walked across the bridge. Under Nicholas I, the bridge was completely reconstructed and decorated with sculptures by Klodt: 4 compositions seem to tell us the story of the conquest of a wild horse. These sculptures have become both an object of admiration and a subject for jokes. You can get to Anichkov Bridge on foot from the Mayakovskaya, Uprising Square, and Gostiny Dvor metro stations.

How to get there:
From the metro station "Gostiny Dvor", go left along Nevsky Prospect. After 5 minutes, you will be on the bridge.

Saint Petersburg, Nevsky Prospect

Is free.

Mikhailovsky castle

Getting there: From the Gostiny Dvor metro station on foot along Sadovaya Street to Mikhailovsky Castle. Walking time 5 minutes on foot.

Saint Petersburg, Sadovaya street, house 2

200 rub

Peter and Paul Cathedral

The Peter and Paul Cathedral in honor of the apostles Peter and Paul is interesting not only because it is the oldest church in St. Petersburg. The main thing is that it does not look like traditional Russian five-domed cathedrals. The author of the project was Domenico Trezzini. Peter I went so far in his innovation that he installed chimes on the bell tower of the cathedral. Peter and Paul Cathedral served as a tomb for members of the royal family. Also, military trophies were stored here: banners and keys of the defeated cities. At present, there are divine services and funeral services for Russian emperors.

How to get there
From the Gorkovskaya metro station, walk along Alexander Park along Kamennoostrovsky Prospect towards the Neva, then across the Ioannovsky Bridge to the territory of the Peter and Paul Fortress, on the way, for about 7 minutes.

St. Petersburg, Peter and Paul Fortress

450 rub

A little bit about Peter

A city in which a large number of bridges, canals, palaces, museums, theaters and galleries. St. Petersburg is full of beautiful architecture that has been preserved since the time of the Russian Empire. Even a month is not enough to get to know this city well, to imbue its spirit and history.

St. Petersburg is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland, at the mouth of the Neva River. This is the northwest of the Russian Federation. The time zone is UTC + 3, that is, the time coincides with the capital.

The climate in the city is transitional from temperate-continental to temperate-sea, so the weather conditions here are very severe. The sun pleases Petersburgers quite rarely, it often rains, increased cloudiness and humidity, fogs. In the year of sunny days there are 60 to 65 days of strength. Summer is hot, but short, but winter is cold and long.

Between the end of May and July you can observe a very interesting phenomenon - white nights. In St. Petersburg, a large number of parks, squares, green spaces, planting, and in the suburbs there are beautiful forests and reserves.

According to data for 2018, the population of St. Petersburg is 5 million 351 thousand 935 people. Most of the population (92.3%) are Russians, and Ukrainians, Belarusians, Tatars, Jews, Uzbeks, Tajiks, Finns, and Kazakhs also live in the city. Main religion - Orthodoxy.

Visit time

If you cannot decide when to go on a trip to this beautiful city, first decide what exactly you want to see. Some attractions are not open all year..

Of course, it is best to go in the summer. The weather at this time is warm, sunny, precipitation and fog, which are so characteristic of St. Petersburg, are not observed. Only in summer can you watch white nights. You can ride a river tram and see all the charm of the city, architecture, legendary draw bridges. But there is a minus of a summer visit - this is the lack of places in hotels. Therefore, book your seats in advance.

If you want to come in the autumn, you will see all the beauty of autumn St. Petersburg. Parks, squares, forests are covered with leaves. All in gold, crimson colors. Accommodation prices are not high in the fall, there is no large influx of tourists, as in summer,. The downside is the weather. It often rains, high humidity, fogs.

In winter and spring, especially on vacation, a large number of tourists come. Prices are starting to rise, the hotel needs to be booked in advance. Where can I go in the winter? In the cold season you can visit galleries, museums, theaters, go on excursions to palaces, temples. In winter, ice rinks are poured in St. Petersburg, Christmas markets open. Be sure to visit the Mariinsky Theater. True, the weather is cold and the temperature is low.

Catherine Palace

Located in the suburbs of St. Petersburg, the city of Pushkin, Sadovaya street, 7. You can arrive on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. A ticket costs 1000 rubles, for citizens of the Russian Federation 700 rubles.

Separate entry fee for Catherine Park - 120 rubles for adults. For pensioners - 30 rubles, children under 16 are free. Students and schoolchildren (16+) - 60 rubles. A visit to the park is paid from May to October..

Church of the Savior on Blood

It is located on Griboedov Canal Embankment, 2B. The ticket costs 250 rubles, beneficiaries pay 50 rubles. Visiting the temple is free during services. Opening hours: except Wednesday, from 10:30 to 18 in the evening.

The temple is a museum, but services are held. An interesting fact is that Spas on Blood was built on the site of the murder of Emperor Alexander ll.

Museum Cruiser Aurora

Located on the Petrograd embankment. You can visit the exhibition from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, except Mondays and Tuesdays. For adults, admission costs 600 rubles, for beneficiaries - 400 rubles.

Aurora has a legendary and complex story. The cruiser participated in the Russian-Japanese First World War. It was from Aurora that a shot was fired, after which a revolution began, as a result of which the Bolsheviks came to power. You should definitely visit the cruiser Aurora, it is one of the symbols of St. Petersburg. You are sure to feel the spirit of the revolution and the great history of this ship.

Vasilievsky island

We recommend that you walk on Vasilievsky and Strelka islands. On the island there are many attractions that you can see: the Exchange building, Gostiny Dvor, Kunstkamera, Menshikov Palace, admire the view of the Neva.

Mariinskii Opera House

The Mariinsky Theater is located on Teatralnaya Square, 1. Prices for performances reach several thousand rubles.

It was founded in 1753. The theater is world famous. Some of the country's best ballet dancers perform at the Mariinsky Theater.

Hay Square

It got its name at the end of the 18th century, when hay was traded on it. People call it the “belly of Petersburg”, it’s always crowded. In the square is the Church of the Savior. You can get to this place by metro station "Sennaya Square".

Uprising Square

The place was named just after the events of 1917 unfolding here. Prior to this, the area was called Znamenskaya. Located at the intersection of Nevsky and Ligovsky avenues. In the center of the square there is an obelisk to the Hero-city of Leningrad.

Kronstadt is located in the vicinity of St. Petersburg - on the island of Kotlin near the Gulf of Finland. This is the historical “fortress of the country”.

On the territory of Kronstadt there is something to see: the building of the Gostiny Dvor, which is about 200 years old, and the St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral in the Byzantine style, and the Kronstadt dam. From St. Petersburg, the island can be reached both by water with an excursion group on the Meteor, and by bus yourself.

Where to go with the kids?

In the Northern capital there are many attractions for children, there are various interesting excursions, events that will interest any child:

  • Dolphinarium. Located on Konstantinovsky Prospekt 19. Ticket price 400-1100 rubles for adults and 200-800 rubles for children. Children will surely be satisfied after meeting cute, smart dolphins.
  • Waterland Peterland. Prices for adults - 1200-1700 rubles, for children 800-900 rubles. In the water park you can have a great time with the whole family. Everyone will enjoy such a vacation - both children and adults.
  • Chocolate Factory. Children will be interested in an excursion to the chocolate factory, where you will not only see how confectionery is prepared, but also get the opportunity to try them after the excursion. The cost of 1200 rubles.
  • It will be interesting to visit planetarium, Zoo museum, toy museum and many other attractions.

The main symbols of St. Petersburg: TOP-5

The sights of the beautiful city on the Neva are diverse, multifaceted, delightful. Among the abundance of what to see in St. Petersburg, you can certainly highlight several places, architectural, historical and cultural monuments that make North Palmyra recognizable throughout the world.

Nevsky Avenue

  • Address: Admiralteyskaya metro station, Uprising Square, Gostiny Dvor, Alexander Nevsky Square.

Nevsky Prospect, extending 4.5 km from the Alexander Nevsky Lavra to the Winter Palace, is Peter’s calling card, his soul. Each of the 240 buildings, whose facades overlook the famous Petrovsky perspective, is an architectural monument. The avenue, now tapering to 20 m, then expanding to 60 m, crosses the magnificent bridges of the Fontanka, Moika River, Griboedov Canal. Walking along Nevsky Prospect, travelers can admire the majestic Kazan Cathedral, the colorful buildings of the Gostiny Dvor and Passage, the fountains on Malaya Sadovaya and Kazan Square, the monuments to Catherine II, M. Kutuzov, A. Nevsky, B. De Tolly. Nevsky is always crowded, because it is customary to start acquaintance with amazing St. Petersburg from here.

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

  • Schedule: daily, except Wednesday, from 10:30 to 18:00.
  • Phone: +7 812 315-16-36.
  • Ticket price 250 r.
  • Website:
  • Address: Griboedov Canal, 2B. Metro station "Nevsky Prospect".

March 1, 1881, one of the most tragic events in the history of pre-revolutionary Russia took place. Then, at the corner of the Griboedov Canal, during an explosion organized by Narodnaya Volya, Emperor Alexander II was mortally wounded. In memory of this, at the place of assassination, the Church of the Ascension of Christ was erected. Its construction lasted 24 years, and the consecration took place in 1907. A magnificent temple in the Russian style delights with its delicate facade decoration, bright enamel painting of domes, and carved kokoshniks. The interiors of the church shine with marble, semiprecious stone, colorful tiles, mosaics. A fragment of a cobblestone pavement, with the blood defeated by the emperor’s explosion, is stored under a jasper canopy, resting on delightful columns and crowned with a topaz cross. Hence the second name of the temple - Savior on Blood.


  • Address: Admiralteysky passage, 1. Admiralteyskaya metro station.

The Admiralty building at the shipyard appeared in 1706 and was subsequently rebuilt more than once. After another reconstruction, completed in 1738, it became stone. Then an elegant tower appeared over the gate arch with a gilded dome and a high spire, crashing into the sky at 72 m. A metal needle ends with a small bulb with a weather vane depicting a sailboat. Over the next centuries, the exterior of the Admiralty buildings has changed more than once. A magnificent park was built on the site of the shipyards. However, the tower, carrying a gilded vane-ship, which has become a peculiar hallmark of St. Petersburg, looks exactly the same as almost three hundred years ago.

Palace of M. Vorontsov

  • Address: st. Sadovaya, 26. Stop of the Gostiny Dvor transport.

The delightful palace is rightly considered a masterpiece of Russian architectural baroque. This fact is not surprising, because the author of the project is none other than the famous F. Rastrelli. In fact, this is a magnificent city estate with an incredibly beautiful facade, richly decorated with gilded stucco and stone carvings, paired columns. The palace, the construction of which was completed in 1757, turned out to be so luxurious that the owner, Chancellor M. Vorontsov, was unable to maintain it. In the end, the count sold the building to the treasury. Paul I handed over the mansion to the Order of Malta, which today resembles an elegant chapel. Then, an infantry school was located within the walls of the palace, and since 1955 its cadets were the cadets of the Suvorov school.

Singer Mansion

  • Address: 28 Nevsky Prospect. Nevsky Prospect metro station.

An amazing building, on the one hand, fits perfectly into the ensemble of Nevsky Prospekt, with an arc - brings a touch of freshness to its architecture. The background of the appearance of the mansion is very interesting. By the beginning of the last century, Singer, a manufacturer of incredibly popular fine sewing machines at that time, decided to build an office-type building in the Russian capital - an analogue of a modern business center. However, by imperial decree, not a single building in the historical center should exceed the height of the Winter Palace. An original solution was proposed by architect P. Suzor. According to the plan of the master, the corner of the mansion was to crown a glass dome, visually increasing the height. In 1904, the project was implemented.Since then, another architectural pearl has appeared on Nevsky. The facade of the building is decorated with Valkyrie sculptures, a dome, at the base of which a bronze eagle has spread out its wings, topped with a glass globe.

Interesting places of Russian Venice

In the city, which for several centuries was the capital of a huge empire, there are many amazing places, either connected with the most important historical events, or interesting in themselves. Sights of St. Petersburg, photos and descriptions of which are presented in this section, belong to this category.

Piskarevskoye Memorial Cemetery

  • Address: Bus stop "Piskarevskoe Cemetery".

During the Great Patriotic War, the city of Petra did not submit to the enemy, paying a terrible price for this. The blockade claimed the lives of more than 470 thousand Leningraders who died of hunger and cold. Their memory is dedicated to the grandiose memorial complex, covering an area of ​​about 26 hectares. Its architectural dominant is the 6-meter sculpture "Mother Motherland", towering on a marble pedestal. Behind the monument, a stone stele has been erected, on which a poem by the poetess O. Berggolz is carved, ending with the immortal phrase - "Nobody is forgotten and nothing is forgotten."

Monument to Catherine the Great

  • Address: Ostrovsky Square. Gostiny Dvor metro station.

Empress Catherine II, being born a princess of Anhalt-Zerbst, did incredibly much for Russia to become a great world power. In the year of celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne, it was decided to erect a monument to her in the capital of the state. A year later, he took a place in the center of a well-groomed square in front of the Alexandrinsky Theater. The bronze figure of Catherine the Great with a laurel wreath on her head, a sovereign scepter in her hand and the Order of St. Andrew the First-Called on her chest is mounted on a 6-meter granite pedestal. Around him are the associates of the Empress A. Suvorov, G. Potemkin, A. Orlov-Chesmensky, E. Dashkova, G. Derzhavin, I. Betskoy, V. Chichagov, A. Bezborodko. The monument is majestically beautiful.

Petersburg bridges

Describing the sights of St. Petersburg, one cannot fail to say about the famous bridges that have become a real symbol of the city, located on several islands, created by 93 three rivers and canals. There are more than 800 similar engineering structures of various sizes in St. Petersburg. Below you will find out about those that you should definitely look at.

Egyptian bridge

  • Address: Lermontovsky Prospekt, 7A. Metro station Technological Institute-1.

At the beginning of the XIX century. Egyptology was extremely popular all over the world. Therefore, the new chain bridge being built then across the Fontanka between the Bezymyanny and Pokrovsky islands, they decided to decorate in the ancient Egyptian style. Portals with columns were installed at the beginning and end of the span, and four statues of sphinxes cast in bronze at Byrd’s factory were placed on pedestals above the foundations. The construction, inaugurated in 1826, regularly lasted 79 years, collapsing during the passage of soldiers of the Grenadier Regiment. By the way, in many physics textbooks this incident was later cited as a graphic illustration of the resonance phenomenon. A temporary structure was put along the trajectory of the bridge, and it acquired its present form in 1955. The Sphinxes returned to their places. The portals were replaced with two pairs of obelisks.

Museum A.S. Pushkin

  • Schedule: daily, except Tuesday, from 10:30 to 18:00.
  • Ticket price: adult 220 p., Student 150 p., Children's 100 p.
  • Phone: +7 812 314-00-06.
  • Website:
  • Address: Moika Embankment, 12. Nevsky Prospekt Metro Station.

As you know, the greatest Russian poet, mortally wounded in a duel, died in 1837 in a house located at ul. Moika, 12. Today, in a historical mansion is a museum of the author of immortal poems and poems. In the apartment where Pushkin once lived, the historical interior was reconstructed. It stores personal items that he once used. A separate exhibition is dedicated to the work of the poet. In 17 halls are exhibited manuscripts of Alexander Sergeyevich, cartoons on friends, sketches of landscapes of Crimea, Siberia, the Caucasus.

Museum of the History of Religion

  • Schedule: daily, except Wednesday, from 10:00 to 18:00.
  • Ticket price: adult 200 p., Preferential 80 p.
  • Phone: +7 812 315-30-80.
  • Website:
  • Address: st. Post Office, 14/5. Bus stop "DK Svyazi", the nearest metro station "Sennaya Square".

Visitors to the colorful museum will be able to learn a lot of new things about the religions, beliefs of the most diverse peoples and tribes that inhabit our planet. Its exposition contains everything that, in one way or another, is associated with cult customs, the performance of rites. During the tour you will see icons, colorful African masks, figurines of ancient and Roman gods, artifacts related to the Buddhist culture of Kara-Tepe, dating from the IV-II centuries BC. e. Church utensils and musical instruments used in worship are displayed in the windows. An excellent collection of ancient numismatics is worthy of special mention.

Alexandrinsky Theater

  • Schedule: submissions are given daily except Monday. The performances start on weekends at 17:00, on weekdays at 19:00.
  • Ticket price: from 900 r. up to 9000 p.
  • Phone: +7 812 570-01-12.
  • Website:
  • Address: Ostrovsky Square, 6. Gostiny Dvor metro station.

The theater, established in 1756 by decree of Empress Elizabeth, is the oldest temple of Melpomene in Russia. Since the founding of his corpse, a magnificent palace in the Empire style, erected by the famous architect Carl Rossi, has been occupying it. Few people realize that the foundation of the magnificent building is mounted on stilts. Through the grill installed in the floor, you can see how the water of one of the Fontanka tributaries runs down below. The theater, which is officially called dramatic and bears the name of A.S. Pushkin, has a glorious tradition. Many famous artists performed on its stage, and the great V. Meyerhold, G. Tovstonogov, G. Kozintsev were directors at different times.

Bolshoi Drama Theater

  • Schedule: submissions are given daily. The performances start at 19:00 on weekdays, at 14:00 on weekends.
  • Ticket price: from 300 r. up to 3000 r.
  • Phone: +7 812 310-04-01.
  • Website:
  • Address: 65 Fontanka Embankment. Sennaya Ploshchad metro station.

The theater, founded in 1918 with the direct participation of M. Gorky and A. Blok, has been named after the famous director G.A. since 1956. Tovstonogov. It is located in a palace built at the end of the 19th century, beautiful both outside and inside. The interiors of the building are decorated with openwork stucco, covered with gilding. The marble of the wall and floor cladding reflects the sheen of modern chandeliers. Be sure to visit one of the performances, with the participation of all your favorite artists - O. Basilashvili, A. Freindlikh, N. Usatova, G. Shtil, S. Kryuchkova.

Leningrad Zoo

  • Schedule: daily, from 10:00 to 17:00.
  • Ticket price: adult 500 p., Student 300 p., Children's 100 p.
  • Phone: +7 812 232-82-60.
  • Website:
  • Address: Alexander Park, 1. Gorkovskaya metro station.

Although the city zoo is not impressive in size, its visit will bring a lot of positive emotions to the child. More than 2.5 thousand representatives of the fauna of different continents feel great here - from exotic giraffes, to ordinary forests of the middle wolf band. The aviary is invariably popular with tourists, in the pool of which polar bears swim gracefully. Traditionally, a lot of visitors are going to look at the furry predators - Ussuri tigers, a lion, a puma, a jaguar. In the terrarium you can see many reptiles, reptiles and amphibians.


  • Schedule: submissions are given from Wednesday to Sunday inclusive. The show starts at 12:00, 14:00, 16:00.
  • Ticket price: from 300 r. up to 1100 p.
  • Phone: +7 812 235-46-31.
  • Website:
  • Address: Konstantinovsky Prospekt 19. Krestovsky Ostrov metro station.

Despite the fact that the St. Petersburg Dolphinarium opened less than 20 years ago, it managed to become one of the most popular entertainment facilities for citizens and tourists. A bright show, whose stars are bottlenose dolphins, sea lions, walruses, belugas, fur seals almost always collects full houses. Amazing marine mammals perform dizzying stunts, draw, even sing. After the performance, children from 14 years old are allowed to swim and play with graceful dolphins in the pool.

Museum of Artillery

  • Schedule: from Wednesday to Sunday inclusive, from 11:00 to 18:00.
  • Ticket price: adult 250 rubles, children's 100 rubles.
  • Phone: +7 812 232-02-96.
  • Website:
  • Address: Alexandrovsky Park, 7. Gorkovskaya metro station.

An excursion to an interesting museum dedicated to the history of Russian artillery will bring great pleasure to the child and parents. It was founded by Peter the Great back in 1703. Then, samples of artillery pieces from different times were brought from all over Russia to the Zeikhauz fortress of the Peter and Paul Fortress. Then the expositions were transferred to the arsenal, and since 1869 they are placed in the crown plate. The museum collection is truly unique. Here you can see both the primitive squeaks of the XIV century., And the most modern self-propelled guns or missile systems. The collections of antique edged weapons, medals and orders are very popular with visitors.

The inimitable Northern Palmyra will charm you in just a few hours, even a tourist spoiled by foreign trips. Any self-respecting traveler is simply obliged to visit the beautiful St. Petersburg.