St. Petersburg is Russia's second largest city, with a population of 5 million perched at the eastern tip of the Baltic Sea and the Neva River… But ask anybody in Russia what they think about St. Petersburg and you'll have the impression it's the cultural capital of the country. Read more...



City tour with visiting Peter and Paul Fortress

There is no better way to gain an impression of St. Petersburg, than to take part in a sightseeing tour with a professional guide who will show you our wonderful city, its main sights, its' secrets and mysteries. You will learn about its glorious past as an Imperial capital and then the "Cradle of revolution".

You will be able to visit the major sights: the Palace square - "the heart of the city", the historic center, the Bronze Horseman, St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on Blood, the Field of Mars, Summer Garden  and, of course, the Nevsky prospect, the city’s main avenue. During the tour you will have several photo stops.

The second part of the trip is the visit to the St. Peter and Paul fortress - the oldest city's building, the birthplace of the city. It has never served its intended defensive function but had a rich, hugely varied, and sometimes sinister history as a military base, a home of government departments, the burial ground of the Russian Imperial family, the site of groundbreaking scientific experiments, and a jail that held some of Russia's most prominent political prisoners.

Peter and Paul Cathedral is the first stone church in St. Petersburg, was designed by Trezzini and built between 1712 and 1733. Its golden spire reaches a height of 123 metres (404 ft) and features at its top an angel holding a cross. This angel is one of the most important symbols of St. Petersburg. The angel is 3.2 meter heigh, the wingspan is about 3.8 meter.

The inside of the cathedral holds a fantastic iconostasis, completed by a group of more than forty Moscow architects under Ivan Zarudny from 1722-1727. Whereas the architectural style of the cathedral is similar in style to the Lutheran church, the painting of the iconostasis is more in the spirit of Catholic Church icons. 

The walls of the cathedral are also embellished with paintings of various bible themes, including many paintings of gospel stories by artists of the early and mid 18th century.

One major attraction is the graves of most of the Romanov rulers of Russia from Peter the Great onward. Peter's grave is at the front right, and people still leave fresh flowers on it. Also here are both Catherines, Elizabeth, all three Alexanders, Paul, Peter III, Anne - and now both Nicholases as well, as the remains of Nicholas II and his family were re-interred in the small Chapel of St. Catherine on July 17, 1998.