Founded by westward-looking Peter the Great in 1703, Saint Petersburg preserves the spirit of its romantic past. It was by order of this rebellious Russian Tsar, that the wetland in the mouth of the Neva River was turned into one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places on earth, home to fabulous palaces and striking cathedrals, charming baroque bridges and impressive pieces of imperial architecture.
There is no major historical event in Russia that Saint Petersburg wasn't the scene of. It’s where the Imperial Russia reached the height of its grandeur, and where the Bolshevik Revolution was plotted and took place, forever changing the course of Russian history. Despite the actual capital moving back to Moscow following the revolution, St Petersburg has forever retained the status of Russia’s cultural capital and the first modern city of the country.
Among the most famous cultural attractions in Saint Petersburg is the Hermitage Museum, one of the world's greatest art galleries and home to priceless works by Rembrandt, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Rubens and more.The city’s most spectacular site for opera and ballet is the Mariinsky Theatre. The theatre is an absolute must visit for everyone at least because its monumental neoclassical building is itself a sight to behold. Along with world-famous sights, Saint Petersburg has many lesser known but equally fascinating ones. Whether an art lover, culture enthisiast or adventure seeker, you’ll find a reason to fall in love with the fascinating city of St Petersburg!