Russia’s imperial city is a charmer, and a destination that offers a great deal of culture that even the most jaded will find remarkable. On a long weekend to the city, it’s important to know what to experience. These are a few of my favorite attractions that you simply cannot miss.
Located on the beautiful Griboedov Canal, this ornate church was constructed on the site where Alexander II was fatally wounded. It is unique and speaks to the special nature of Russian architecture and art during the 1800s.
Located roughly 45 minutes from the city center, this blue and gold palace was home to Russia’s royal family during the summers. It is littered with ornate carvings, etchings, furniture and paintings that will allow you a glimpse into the lives of those who lives here throughout the 1700s, 1800s and early 1900s.
A privately owned museum dedicated to the French immigrant to Russia, Peter Carl Fabergé, this incredible museum showcases the largest collection of imperial Easter eggs and other artifacts and jewelry commissioned by the royal family of Russia. The current foundation who owns and operates the museum has painstakingly recovered the items and brought them back to Russia to be enjoyed by the public.
This cathedral is the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in the city and fourth largest in the world. Opened in 1858, the cathedral is decorated with some of the most beautiful and intricate paintings and mosaic work in the entire country.
You cannot miss the incredible museum which was once the Winter Palace of the czars. It houses both Russian and international works of art, plus offers an incredible look at Russia’s imperial architecture.