sunnuntai 26. toukokuuta 2013

Pietari - St. Petersburg

Received on: 19 Apr, 2013
Distance: 520 km (323 miles)
Travel time: 9 days

I received this card from Maria, she lives in this beautiful city of St. Petersburg.
The card shows the view of the SS Peter and Paul Cathedral, the Admiralty and St. Isaac's Cathedral.

My sister and her family visited St. Petrsburg on April and they sent me also a card of St. Isaac's Cathedral (1818 - 1858). The dome of St. Isaac’s Cathedral dominates the skyline of St. Petersburg and its gilded cupola can be seen glistening from all over the city.

St.Petersburg, The 'Venice of the North', with its numerous canals and more than 400 bridges, is the result of a vast urban project begun in 1703 under Peter the Great. Later known as Leningrad (in the former USSR), the city is closely associated with the October Revolution. Its architectural heritage reconciles the very different Baroque and pure neoclassical styles, as can be seen in the Admiralty, the Winter Palace, the Marble Palace and the Hermitage.

The Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and related groups of monuments in the immediate vicinity are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

- Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace
- Peter and Paul Fortress
- Tsarkoye Selo with Catherine Palace
- Saint Isaak Cathedral
- Peterhof, the "Russian Versailles" 

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