Saint Petersburg is often called the cultural capital of Russia.
In fact, during almost 200 years the city was the capital of the Russian Empire. It was the home for Emperor’s family, aristocracy and rich merchants. Talented European and Russian architects have been creating the city’s palaces, squares and parks.
Thus, Saint Petersburg became the quintessence of culture and architecture. The city is often considered as a museum under the open sky. Indeed, the whole architectural ensemble of the historical part of Saint Petersburg is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Sumptuous imperial palaces and aristocracy mansions, gorgeous cathedrals, elegant granite embankments, famous drawbridges leave nobody indifferent.
These are the photos of Saint Petersburg, so Russian and so European at the same time. If you travel to Russia, you just can’t miss such a gem. Just be sure to have enough memory cards for your photos because the city is very photogenic!
Before you make your itinerary for visiting Saint Petersburg, Russia, check these main posts about the city. They include lists of the places to visit, travel tips and tons of useful information: