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"Golden Ring" of St. Petersburg

"Golden Ring" of St. Petersburg is the walking excursion throughout the city, during which you can take detour along the city center and see the most popular places and sights. This route is the ideal one for those, who want to see the main sight of St. Petersburg in a short space of time.

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Hermitage Museum
g Dvortsovaya Ploshchad', 2 g (812) 710-90-79
m Admiralteyskaya, Gostiny Dvor, Nevskiy Prospekt g www.hermitagemuseum.org

Hermitage is the former residence of the Russian emperors, the biggest museum in Russia, the main point of interest in Saint-Petersburg.

Saint Isaac's Cathedral and the Colonnade
g Isaakiyevskaya Ploshchad', 4 g +7(812)315-97-32
m Admiralteyskaya, Nevskiy Prospekt, Gostiny Dvor g www.eng.cathedral.ru

Saint Isaac's Cathedral is the biggest Orthodox church in Saint-Petersburg, has the museum status. It is the prominent monument of Russian classicism style. Wonderful panorama opens over the city from the colonnade.

Kazan Cathedral
g Kazanskaya Ploshchad', 2 g +7(812)570-45-28
m Nevskiy Prospekt, Gostiny Dvor g www.kazansky-spb.ru
Kazan Cathedral is the biggest Orthodox church, wonderful example of Russian classicism style, prominent monument of military glory. Inside the cathedral there is the wonder-working copy of the Holy icon Our Lady of Kazan.

Marble Palace
g Millionnaya Ulitsa, 5/1 g +7(812)595-42-48
m Nevskiy Prospekt, Gostiny Dvor g www.rusmuseum.ru

Marble Palace is a department of the Russian Museum complex. Marble Palace was built by the order of the Empress Catherine II for her minion Count G. Orlov in 1768-1785 by architect A. Rinaldy. Subsequently the palace was used as a residence for the noble family. It was called marble because the granite and different kind of marble were used in decoration of the outer fronts and inner interior of the palace. On the first floor there is the memorial museum of Grand Duke Konstantin Romanov - great poet of Silver Age. Also there is a permanent exhibition "The collection of Rzhevsky Brothers" (gift of Rzhevsky Brothers for the State Russian Museum) and "Ludwig Museum in Russian Museum", which encludes the paintings of modern European, Russian and American artists. Collectors Peter and Iren Ludwig gave these paintings to the Russian Museum as a present. This exposition enable to retrace the development of Russian art in terms of world artistic culture. 

Saint Michael's Castle
g Sadovaya Ulitsa, 2 g +7(812)595-42-48
m Gostiny Dvor, Nevskiy Prospekt g www.rusmuseum.ru

Saint Michael’s Castle is the prominent architectural monument, wrapped in mysteries and legends, connected with the personality of its former owner the Emperor Paul I, who was killed in the castle. Interesting and unusual planning of the building rises it above the other sights of Saint-Petersburg.

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
g Kanal Griboyedova, 26A g +7(812) 315-16-36
m Nevskiy Prospekt, Gostiny Dvor g www.eng.cathedral.ru

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is the prominent architectural monument, the biggest Orthodox church of the city, which was erected on the place of death of the emperor. One of the biggest collections of mosaic decoration in Europe. The church has a museum status.

Russian Museum
g Inzhenernaya Ulitsa, 4 g +7(812)595-42-48
m Gostiny Dvor, Nevskiy Prospekt g en.rusmuseum.ru
The collection of Russian Museum is the biggest one in the world, there are the best works of the great Russian artists, many of which are the real masterpieces.

Menshikov Palace
g Universitetskaya Naberezhnaya, 15 g +7(812)323-11-12
m Vasileostrovskaya g www.hermitagemuseum.org

Menshikov Palace is the residence, which was built for the first Saint-Petersburg governor General Alexander Menshikov . The Palace was built in 1710-1721 by architects G.Fontana and G. Schadel. Menshikov Palace is the first stone building in Saint-Petersburg. The building is the impressive example of Petrine Baroque style. The two-colored vivid facade painting, pilasters with carved capitals make the facade look magnificent. The interior of the palace looks ceremonial as well, for its decoration the most expensive materials were used, which were imported or custom-made by Russian masters. The palace items were picked out from the Hermitage Museum’s collection, which houses the property not only of Russian tsars but also of noble families.

g Universitetskaya Naberezhnaya, 3 g +7(812)328-14-12
m Admiralteyskaya, Nevskiy Prospekt, Gostiny Dvor g www.kunstkamera.ru
Kunstkamera is the first museum in the city and one of the most interesting ones in Saint-Petersburg. Since XVIII the building of Kunskamera is a symbol of Russian Academy of Sciences. The collection of rarities and anatomical anomalies. The Globe of Gottorf - the first and the biggest in the world globe-planetarium.

Blue Bridge
g Isaakiyevskaya Ploshchad'
m Admiralteyskaya

The Blue bridge spans the Moika River and joins together the Kazansky and Admiralty islands. The Blue bridge is the part of the Saint Isaac’s Square ensemble and it is the widest bridge in the world – 97.3 meters. In 1737 on the spot of the modern bridge the wooden draw one was built, which was painted in blue color, that is how it get its name. Since 1738 the bridge started to be called the Blue one. In 1805 it was reconstructed by the typical project of the single-bay cast-iron arched bridge with granite facing by the architect and engineer V. Geste. In 1842-1844 due to the construction of the Mariinsky Palace the bridge was widened up to the Antonenko Street. It is interesting that the Blue bridge is called invisible thanks to its width, which makes it look like a part of the square.

Twelve Collegia building
g Universitetskaya Naberezhnaya, 7/9
m Vasileostrovskaya

The Twelve Collegia building or Twelve Colleges on the Vasilyevsky Island is the architectural monument of the Petrine Baroque style. The Twelve Collegia building is one of the earliest ones on the Vasilyesky Island. 

Bronze Horseman and Senate Square
g Senatskaya Ploshchad'
m Admiralteyskaya

Bronze Horseman on Senate Square - is the monument to the great Emperor Peter the First, which was glorified by famous Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. This monument is one of the main symbols of Saint-Petersburg.

Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts
g Universitetskaya naberezhnaya, 17 g +7(812)323-35-78
m Vasileostrovskaya g www.nimrah.ru

Научно-исследовательский музей Российской Академии художеств один из интереснейших музеев города. Его удивительная коллекция не оставит равнодушными даже самых взыскательных любителей изобразительного искусства.

Spit of Vasilyevsky Island
g Birzhevaya Ploshchad'
m Vasileostrovskaya
Spit of Vasilyevsky Island is one of the most prominent architectural ensembles of Saint-Petersburg, from which an amazing view over the Neva River and other architectural ensembles of the city opens up.

Sculptures of Atlantis of the New Hermitage
g Millionnaya ulitsa, 35
m Admiralteyskaya, Nevskiy Prospekt, Gostiny Dvor

It is not possible not to notice these great sculptures, while walking along Millionnaya Street, because it is the main decoration of the New Hermitage building. Not many knows about their magical power, in which a lot of citizans believe, as well as tourists. 

Palace Square
g Palace Square
m Admiralteyskaya

Palace Square is the heart of Saint-Petersburg, its main square. Winter Palace, consisting the square ensemble, is the prominent architectural monument, which is worldwide famous as the State Museum Hermitage. Alexander Column, which is located in the centre of the square - is one of the main symbols of Saint-Petersburg.

Field of Mars
g 1st Admiralteisky Island
m Nevskiy Prospekt, Gostiny Dvor

Field of Mars is the biggest memorial and park complex, which is located in the centre of Saint-Petersburg. The park ensemble with the monument to the victims of the revolution of 1917, in the centre of which the Eternal Flame burns in honor of the dead for more than 50 years, is one of the prominent ones in the city.