St. Isaac's Cathedral
Saint Isaac's Cathedral is the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in the city. The cathedral took 40 years to construct, under Montferrand's direction, from 1818 to 1858. It is the largest orthodox basilica and the fourth largest cathedral in the world. The church on St Isaac's Square was ordered by Tsar Alexander I, to replace an earlier Rinaldiesquestructure, and was the fourth consecutive church standing at this place. In summer the museum offers to visit the Colonnade of St Isaac’s Cathedral evenings and nights, to climb 43 meters high and to see the view of St Petersburg, one of the most beautiful cities of the world.
From June, 1 to August, 20 the Colonnade is open until 4 a.m. Wednesday is day-off
The Admiralty building built in the style of classicism, was laid in 1704 according to Peter the Great's drawings. The Admiralty, as well as many historical buildings in St. Petersburg, was rebuilt not once, the fortifications were replaced by channels for timber transportation, pasture meadows in the area replaced by boulevards. Now here is the Main Staff of the Russian Navy.
The Bronze Horseman is an equestrian statue of Peter the Great in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Commissioned by Catherine the Great, it was created by the French sculptor Étienne Maurice Falconet. The name comes from an 1833 poem of the same the nameby Aleksander Pushkin, which is widely considered one of the most significant works of Russian literature. The statue is now one of the symbols of Saint Petersburg, in much the same way that the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of New York City (both were designed and built by French artists). The statue's pedestal is the enormous Thunder Stone, the largest stone ever moved by man.The stone originally weighed about 1500 tonnes, and was carved down to 1250 during transportation to its current site.
The Central Post Office
One of the few historical administrative buildings in St. Petersburg to retain its original function (more or less) to this day, the Main Post Office was built 1782-1789 on the orders of Prince Alexander Bezborodko, chancellor, favourite of Catherine the Great. You may walk through the post quarter and narrow streets nearby, send a postcard home from an antique lobby in the Post Office.
The Centre exhibits works of well known national and international masters of photography, as well as young talented artists working in the genres of contemporary art closely connected with photography: video-art, photographic installations, animation, experimental cinema.
The State Hermitage
The State Hermitage is one of the oldest and largest museums in the world. The collection occupies more than 350 halls in 5 different buildings including the Winter Palace, the former residence of the Russian tsars. The buildings of the Museum alone are by themselves valuable architectural monuments. The museum collection has over 3 million exhibits from prehistoric to modern times. Especially important are the collections of prehistoric exhibits, Egyptian art, Roman and Greek art, Scythian gold and Western European paintings and sculptures
Church of the Savior on Blood
The Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood (a.k.a. the Resurrection of Christ Church) was built in 1883-1907 on the exact place< where the Emperor Alexander II was mortally wounded. The construction of the church was almost entirely funded by the Imperial family and thousands of private donators. The architect built the church in the marvelous Russian style of mosaic art. Both the interior and exterior of the church is decorated with incredibly detailed mosaics, designed and created by the most prominent Russian artists of the day (V.M. Vasnetsov, M.V. Nesterov and M.A. Vrubel).
The House of books
The House of Books is indeed one of the most beautiful and extraordinary buildings in St. Petersburg. It is located on the corner of Griboyedov Canal in the middle of Nevsky prospekt. The House of Books is a landmark, one of the biggest shops in the city and also a perfect place for steady reading and relaxing with the Nevsky prospekt right in front of you. Book store’s assortment is so huge that neither adults nor children will be bored here as long as the selection of books suits any category of readers – from housewives keen on culinary to inveterate intellectuals, regular to the book stores. More than 150.000 books are represented in these huge halls with enormous panoramic windows.
Creative spaces: "Taiga"
The cult place of the modern youth culture. The creative space has occupied the antique palace, which is quite decayed, yet saved part of its imperial interiors. The shops of local designer, art studios, galeries, coworkings, movie screening, actual contemporary art: here in one place you'll find everything, which is interesting for the youth of St. Petersburg. During the day it's comfortable to work here and hold unofficial meetings, but the most interesting things happen here after 8 p.m.
Taiga http://space-taiga.org, Дворцовая наб., 20
Quarter http://vk.com/projectquarter пер. Пирогова, 18
Kazan Cathedral, constructed between 1801 and 1811 by the architect Andrei Voronikhin, was built to an enormous scale and boasts an impressive stone colonnade, encircling a small garden and central fountain. The cathedral was inspired by the Basilica of St. Peter’s in Rome and was intended to be the country’s main Orthodox Church. After the war of 1812 (during which Napoleon was defeated) the church became a monument to Russian victory. The cathedral was named after the "miracle-making" icon of Our Lady of Kazan, which the church housed till the early 1930s.
Vladimir Nabokov House Museum
To fans of the renowned Russo-American author of Lolita, one of the greatest prose stylists of the 20th century, the building that houses the St. Petersburg Vladimir Nabokov Museum will already be familiar through the wealth of information about it that can be found in many of his greatest works. Although little remains of the house as Nabokov knew it - the second floor of the building is now occupied by the editorial offices of daily newspaper Nevskoe Vremya - the museum, which was founded in 1997, has done its best to recreate the dining room and library as they were in Nabokov's childhood, and has collected a wealth of memorabilia from all over the world, including part of the author's famous butterfly collection, personal effects including his pince-nez and travel Scrabble set, and several historic manuscripts and editions of his work, including unofficially published samizdat copies from the Soviet Union.
The State Russian Museum
The Russian Museum is the first state museum of Russian fine arts in the country. It was established in 1895 in St Petersburg by a decree of the Emperor Nicholas II. Its grand opening for visitors occurred on March 19 (March 7, the Old Style) 1898. The Russian Museum today is a unique depository of artistic treasures, a famous restoration centre, an authoritative institute of academic research, one of the major cultural and educational centers in Russia, and a research and instructional centre of art museums of the Russian Federation, overseeing activities of 260 art museums in Russia.