Lives in Clinton, Washington
Since Jan 2011
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Churches & Cathedrals
Churches & Cathedrals
History Museums, Churches & Cathedrals
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Speciality Museums, Architectural Buildings, History Museums, Parks
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Cemeteries
This hotel has a quiet off-street location, an elevator, nice, varied breakfasts and good rooms. They don't do full disclosure on the rooms; the charge listed on line is per person. We had to pay $20 per day extra for the second person and then they skimped on towels and bed linens.
This palace rates as the only one not destroyed by the Nazi's. So you see it in its original splendor. It's not far from Peterhof and well worth the visit.
No visit to St. Petersburg is complete without seeing Peterhof. It rivals (maybe surpasses) Versailles with its architectural grandeur, its amazing fountains and extensive gardens. You want gilding--it's here in profusion.
This restaurant chain delivers. They have an extensive fresh salad bar, all sorts of classic Russian dishes from fish to kabobs, and beer in a very interesting chilled keg. All this in the atmosphere of a Russian peasant house. And it's all very reasonably priced.
Ready for a whole room full of Rubens; a whole floor of impressionists with rooms full of Monet and Picasso? How about that amazing gold peacock clock, a marvelous combination of metal artistry and science? And then you have the tiny mosaics and the silver collection. The art is absolutely endless and truly amazing. This the THE museum of all museums.
Makes you feel like a Czarina walking through the peaceful gardens inside the city itself.
This cathedral is a marvelous piece of architecture, inside and out. And it's huge. They spared nothing on the interior--check out the amazing malachite columns and the lapis lazuli columns as well. The mosaics along the altar wall just cannot be real, can they?
Much of the area along the river has a promenade that you can stroll along. Or they offer boat rides too. It's impressive. But take a Russian boat; they're much cheaper and your guidebook tells you what's along the banks.
Not only are the lions impressive, but the gorgeous buildings that line the canal on either side cannot fail to impress with their colorful, grand facades.
Wonderful look at Russian dress through the centuries. The jeweled headpieces and necklaces those nobles wore will make your eyes pop. And the heavy, heavy earrings and the furs will make you sweat. The museum also contains a marvelous collections of unusual Russian musical instruments. It's well worth at least a 2-hour visit.
This resembles a Kremlin, was used as a jail and a mint. Locals come here to enjoy picnics, swim in the moat, sit on the moat's banks and visit the cathedral. We saw an unusual Russian ball game underway outside the walls.
The exterior of this relatively new church is a photographer's dream. Better yet, this church boasts the finest mosaics I have ever seen--absolutely awesome. It's not to be missed on a walking tour of the city.
The interior of this cathedral is luscious. Pay particular interest to the tombs of the Romanov ancestors. We especially enjoyed the Romanov lineage chart posted in the hallway at the west side of the altar area. The opposite wall included sketches of the "staged" funeral pyres of the Romanovs designed by theater set designers.
This cathedral seems rather gloomy inside and outside. But it often hosts weddings. We attended a Russian wedding while we visited the church and got to see beyond the iconostasis because part of the ceremony takes place beyond those mystic gates.
Wonder-street. After visiting the Amber Room in The Hermitage, what a treat you'll have looking in the windows at the intriguing amber constructions. Nearby enjoy window shopping at the fur boutique. Further up the street, visit the "Chocolate Museum" to see jewelry boxes made of chocolate, all sorts of animal statues in chocolate and gorgeous chocolate boxes decorated like wedding cakes.
This palace a regular person could live in--so homey and just a tad quaint compared to the splendor of Catherin's Summer Palace or Peterhof. The furnishings, the views from the various rooms, the "men's rooms" and the "women's side" just charmed.
You'll feel like an honored guest at a Russian noble's fancy country home. They ply you with vodka, specialty Russian traditional dishes from soups to salads to main courses to desserts. To make the atmosphere even more special they have a 5-piece band that plays during your luncheon. Marvelous experience.
Awesome--would you believe a castle whose exterior walls cover a whole mile? And the gilding--you cannot imagine it. Not-to-be-missed, the Amber Room; and the furnishings are simply gorgeous. Often the wallpaper matches the upholstery.
Beautiful structure and grounds; but the best part is the cemetery on the right. It contains the tombs of some of the greatest Russian musicians: Borodin, Glinka, Tchaikovsky and others. Not be be missed and worth the small admission fee. The cemetery on the left has famous mathematicians, scientists, architects, etc.