It is hard to imagine when you stand amidst the splendor of St Petersburg, that this site was once covered with swamp. It required the ingenuity of Peter the Great to convert a swamp into a stunning modern city. The former Czar commissioned Italian architects to build the lavish neoclassical style buildings and networks of canals and baroque. St Petersburg is perhaps the most European Russian city.
Getting around St Petersburg
Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg is the second busiest airport in Russia. It is well connected to Europe and the former Soviet States. However, there are no direct flights connecting St Petersburg to the Americas, Asia, Africa or Australasia. To arrive in St Petersburg from these destinations, you can change flight from Moscow or from a European airport. Suburban trains and buses are popular modes of conveyance for exploring the city.
The weather of St Petersburg is not as harsh as the Russian cities lying on the northern latitudes. The average winter temperature is around -8-degree Celsius. It might snow until late August. Summer in St Petersburg begins sometime in June. The average summer temperature is around 20-degree Celsius.
St Petersburg is resplendent with stunning buildings, cathedrals, palaces, gardens and museums. It might take you months to visit every popular spot of the city.
If you are on a brief sojourn, you should not miss the following places:
Spread across five marvelous buildings built during the 18th and 19th century, the Hermitage is located at the heart of St Petersburg.
The Russian Museum
This museum of Russian art occupies four palatial buildings. It is the largest Russian art museum.
The Cathedral of our Lady Kazan
This cathedral is an example of early 19th century Russian architecture. It houses the ancient idol of Our Lady of Kazan.
Built in 1704, this garden has a rich collection of flora, brought from different parts of Russia and Europe. The marble statues and columns adorning the garden are its added attractions.
Church of Christ’s Resurrection
This church was built in 1881 at the site where the Tsar Alexander II was fatally wounded by a member of the People’s Will society.
The Peter and Paul Fortress
This is an 18th century architectural marvel of St Petersburg.