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St. Petersburg, Russia (page 2)

UNESCO lists St. Petersburg as a World Heritage Site with 36 architectural complexes and 4000 individual monuments. Despite some wartime destruction and Soviet construction, St. Petersburg (called Leningrad from 1924 to 1991) has retained a unique reserve of architectural styles of the past three centuries. 

The town of Peterhof lies on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland and can be reached by hydrofoil from St. Petersburg.


Peterhof's city centre and palace complex are UNESCO World Heritage sites, sometimes called the "Russian Versailles." The Grand Peterhof Palace and the Grand Cascade are the centerpiece.

The Grand Palace overlooks an immense park which houses additional pavilions and more than 120 fountains.

The gardens have been designed in the style of French formal gardens of the 1700s.

The complex is remarkable for its fountains which have no pumps but are entirely gravity fed.

The Chess Mountain fountain simulates a chess board with its chute of black and white tiles.

The Sea Channel is the most immense waterworks of the Baroque period. Its water activates rotating fountains.

The rococo style Catherine's Palace, located in Tsarskoya Selo, was the summer residence of the Russian Tsars.

The interior is elaborately decorated with inlaid floors, silk brocade wallpaper, marble chimneys and gold gilded adornments.

The Mariinsky Theatre has hosted operas, musicals and ballet performances since 1859.

The St. Petersburg Metro system was opened in 1955. It has five lines and 67 stations, each of which is unique,  elaborately decorated with marble, bronze, and tile mosaics.

The Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad on Victory Square commemorates the efforts of the soldiers on the Leningrad front to repel the Nazis during the 900 day siege.


In addition to viewing the ornate rooms and theatre space at the  Polovtseva Mansion, there are also reinactments of events from Soviet history.

The economy has grown rapidly since Soviet times and been influenced by globalization.

As our ship departed St. Petersburg, we passed active port communities and many sea-going vessels including oil tankers and submarines. 

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