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St Petersburg

Conceived from the first to be one of Europeís great cities, St Petersburg grew from the vision of just one man, a monarch who engaged the finest architects of the day. At first sight almost too beautiful, Peter the Greatís showcase capital, his gateway to the world, raised from a windswept marshland, has survived, and mellowed, for over two hundred years.

If The Hermitage teems with package tourists, there are many more fine museums and monuments that remain more accessible, more rewarding even. Simply to stroll beside the city canals is stimulation enough. Stay up on a summerís night to see the bridges raised in the wee hours Ė reverting to Peterís own vision of a Venice of the North.

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Church of the Saviour on the Spilt Blood
Church of the Saviour on the Spilt Blood
Church of the Saviour on the Spilt Blood
Church of the Saviour on the Spilt Blood
 View across to the Neva from the dome of St Isaac's Cathedral
View across to the Neva from the dome of St Isaac's Cathedral
The dome of St Isaac's Cathedral
The dome of St Isaac's Cathedral
Stroganov Palace
Stroganov Palace
Lamp post
Lamp post
Mikhailovsky or Engineer's Castle
Mikhailovsky or Engineer's Castle
Mikhailovsky or Engineer's Castle
Mikhailovsky or Engineer's Castle
Along the Fotanki Canal
Along the Fotanki Canal
Alongside the Fontanki Canal
Alongside the Fontanki Canal
Mariinsky Palace
Mariinsky Palace
General Staff Building seen from The Hermitage
General Staff Building seen from The Hermitage
Griboedova Canal
Griboedova Canal
Suvorov Military Academy, St Petersburg
Suvorov Military Academy, St Petersburg
Nevsky Prospekt shopping strip
Nevsky Prospekt shopping strip
Winter Palace at The Hermitage
Winter Palace at The Hermitage
Malachite Room at the Winter Palace, The Hermitage
Malachite Room at the Winter Palace, The Hermitage
The Russian Museum
The Russian Museum
Polychrome angel displayed at the Russian Museum
Polychrome angel displayed at the Russian Museum
Folk embroidery displayed at the Russian Museum
Folk embroidery displayed at the Russian Museum
Armenian Church in Prospekt Neva
Armenian Church in Prospekt Neva
Gostinyy Dvor was an 18th-century merchants' arcade
Gostinyy Dvor was an 18th-century merchants' arcade
Golden-winged gryphons guard the Bankovsky Most canal bridge
Golden-winged gryphons guard the Bankovsky Most canal bridge
Heraldic banners displayed at the Peter & Paul Fortress
Heraldic banners displayed at the Peter & Paul Fortress
Diorama depicts Bankovsky Most, Leningrad (St Petersburg) under siege in World War II
Diorama depicts Bankovsky Most, Leningrad (St Petersburg) under siege in World War II
Heroic mural at the Museum of the Siege of Leningrad
Heroic mural at the Museum of the Siege of Leningrad
The Grand Palace at the Peterhof or Petrodvorets
The Grand Palace at the Peterhof or Petrodvorets
Gardens of the Peterhof or Petrodvorets
Gardens of the Peterhof or Petrodvorets
Fountains at the Peterhof or Petrodvorets
Fountains at the Peterhof or Petrodvorets
The Peterhof or Petrodvorets
The Peterhof or Petrodvorets
Grand Palace at Petrodvorets or Peterhof
Grand Palace at Petrodvorets or Peterhof
St Peter & St Paul Cathedral
St Peter & St Paul Cathedral
St Peter & St Paul Cathedral
St Peter & St Paul Cathedral
Sunbathing at Peter and Paul's Fortress on the bank of the Neva
Sunbathing at Peter and Paul's Fortress on the bank of the Neva
Peter the Great's Kunstkammer or Chamber of Curiosities, beside the Neva
Peter the Great's Kunstkammer or Chamber of Curiosities, beside the Neva
The Summer Garden
The Summer Garden
St Petersburg Mosque, modelled on the tomb of Tamerlane in Bukhara
St Petersburg Mosque, modelled on the tomb of Tamerlane in Bukhara
Shopping plaza outside Primorskaya Metro station, Vasilevsky Island
Shopping plaza outside Primorskaya Metro station, Vasilevsky Island
Suburban apartment tower at Nalychnaya
Suburban apartment tower at Nalychnaya