St. Petersburg

What you need to know before you go

The port city of St Petersburg is known for its golden-domed churches and lavish royal palaces, many of which date back to the 18th century. Founded by Tsar Peter the Great, the city overlooks the Baltic Sea, with winding streets and river canals lined with beautiful shopfronts, classy restaurants and museums.

A must-see in St Petersburg is the Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood – with bronze and multi-coloured onion domes towering above the city’s skyline, the Russian Orthodox cathedral is one of the city’s most photographed spots. Art lovers can explore millions of masterpieces at the State Hermitage Museum and enjoy classical concerts at the Mariinsky Theatre.

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