around for the city — night tour — Saviour on the Spilled Blood church — St. Isaac church —Neva channel cruise — Russian Navy commemoration — Sailship Vespucci — Ermitage Museum
St. Petersburg is the most European of all Russian cities. located at the mouth of the Neva River and overlooks the Gulf of Finland (Baltic Sea). Since it was founded in 1703 by Tsar Peter the Great
, St. Petersburg is becamed one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the rich cultural point of view. The city was built on large projects of great European architects.
It consists of a set of islands and islets, divided by the various arms of the Neva River and numerous canals crossed by over 600 bridges that link together the various neighborhoods. It is the second largest city of Russia, after Moscow, by number of inhabitants, sharing with it the primacy as a cultural and economic center. The heart of St. Petersburg is the area behind the Winter Palace and the Admiralty on the south shore, and its main street is Nevsky Prospekt. This central area is the kingdom of pedestrians is seen that the riverfront is the most elegant streets are better on foot.
An important cultural center, has several museums, including the famous Hermitage, colleges, rich libraries, academy of arts. The city became the residence of the imperial court in 1712 and the center of many bureaucratic and administrative activities, and witnessed a flourishing development.
In Petersburg grew among others Pushkin and Dostoevsky, Nureyev and Baryshnikov, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky. The city has also seen its share of tragedies, including the infamous 900 days Nazi siege of Leningrad during which did not give up, earning the title of Heroic City.
Visited during the summer cruise of ITN school ship Amerigo Vespucci, whose Commander is a dear family friend. We have accompanied to him his wife and daughter and together we could visit the most beautiful corners of this beautiful European city, the Neva, The Winter Palace, the Hermitage, the Church of St. Isaac and the Saviour on the Spilled Blood.