Perhaps one of the things I like most about traveling is the planning part. It is at that moment, even before packing, that I discover curiosities and surprising corners in the destination. With Russia it has not been different and it seems that every day I want to put another 10 points in my script!
St. Petersburg is one of the most charming places there and, obviously, it is one of the ones I am most looking forward to visiting. The buildings and gardens there are so beautiful that it is practically impossible to leave the country without having that “I want more” taste, you know?
As I already made a post talking about the main regions of the city, I decided to be a little more specific this time. I chose 5 places that Paulo and I would love to visit and I will tell you what they are!
It is no wonder that the Hermitage is considered one of the most incredible museums in the world. His collection has more than 3 million works! In this immense universe of historical articles, you can find a little of everything. Some of the most significant paintings exhibited there were made by artists such as Picasso, Van Dyck, Rebrandt and Cézzane.
The site is actually a complex consisting of 5 buildings. One of them, perhaps the most famous, is the Winter Palace. This is one of the most essential tours if you are traveling there. There are so many pieces and from such varied times that it is like a dive into the history of humanity.
Virtually all of St. Petersburg’s old buildings are wonderful and Peterhof is a great example of this. The Grand Palace, which is one of the main points of this area, was inspired by Versailles, so you can already imagine the grandeur of the place, right?
In addition to his incredible structure, the gardens, fountains and other smaller palaces are just as charming as he is. As the space is huge, you have to spend at least half your day if you want to know everything there. It is always good to schedule times with some time off so you don’t have to do everything on the run.
St. Isaac’s Cathedral
St. Isaac’s Cathedral is one of the most beautiful places in St. Petersburg, not only for its exterior but also for all the interior decoration. The construction of the Cathedral was completed in 1858 and is one of the main orthodox centers in Russia.
The building’s dome is bathed in another one and inside the space you will find several sculptures of angels, apostles and evangelists. Ah, you can go up to the top of the dome by the spiral stairs. Needless to say, the view is wonderful, right?
Cathedral of the Spilled Blood
This is one of the best known churches in Russia. It was inspired by the structure of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, but the colors are not that strong. However, she is as beautiful as the other, also full of details and peculiarities. Inside the Church there are several murals made of Russian mosaics that are simply charming!
Now a curiosity about the name of this place. Tsar Alexander II of Russia was assassinated in 1881 right in the area where the Church was built. In other words, the location is like a landmark of this event. For this reason it became known as the Church of the Cathedral of the Spilled Blood, when in fact its official name is Church of the Resurrection of Christ.
Pavlovsk Palace and Park
Unlike most places in St. Petersburg, the facade of this palace is simpler and not as detailed. Even so, the place remains beautiful and the gardens make everything even more incredible. Walking around Pavlovsk is like being in a period film setting.
The architect who designed the entire space was the British Charles Cameron, for this reason there are several English features in the palace and especially in the garden. Because it has a different style from other places in the city, it is a super interesting place to visit.
I am increasingly impressed by the beauty of Russia, I swear! I can’t wait to travel there soon! And you, what did you think of the places? Do you have any more tips?