The Pearl Of Russia Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg is a city in Northwestern Russia, located in the delta of the Neva River where it flows into the Baltic Sea. St. Petersburg is a relatively young city, founded in 1703 by King Peter the Great, with the idea of being a window of Russia to Europe.
Despite its brief history, the city has been the capital of the Russian Empire for two centuries, boasting an extremely rich and exciting past, which has had an impact on the overall appearance and spirit of the city. St. Petersburg, also called Northern Venice, is justly considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
Like Venice, the city is intersected by 93 natural and artificial water canals with over 300 bridges, with which number St. Petersburg is one of the first places in the world. St. Petersburg is a city of museums with rich collections, beautiful parks, and fairy palaces. The State Hermitage Museum, Winter Palace, Tsarskoye Selo, the white nights are just some of the symbols of St. Petersburg to which every tourist would like to be touched.
This is a grand park complex, a residence of Peter the Great, which surpasses the French Versailles. The complex includes several richly decorated palaces, surrounded by lush gardens, magnificent parks, fountains and water cascades, gilded statues
The State Hermitage Museum
It's one of the largest and most famous museum complexes in the world, situated on the river Neva. The Hermitage houses about 3 million artistic monuments of world culture - paintings, sculptures, archaeological finds from antiquity to the present day. It occupies 6 buildings - the Winter Palace, the Little Hermitage, the Great Hermitage, the New Hermitage, the Hermitage Theater, the Menshikov Palace.
The center of the complex occupies the Winter Palace, which was the residence of the Russian emperors, and features a lush decoration of the Baroque facades and rooms. The first collection of paintings was purchased by Catherine the Great. The Hermitage houses unique works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Michelangelo, Rubens, Van Gogh.