Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Petersburg

When Peter the Great reclaimed the lands along the Neva River in 1703, he decided to build a fort to protect the area from possible attack by the Swedish army and navy. The fortress was founded on a small island in the Neva delta on May 27,1703 and that day became the birthday of the city of St Petersburg.

In the middle of the fortress stands the impressive Peter and Paul Cathedral, the burial place of all the Russian Emperors and Empresses from Peter the Great to Alexander III. On top of the cathedral's gilded spire stands a magnificent golden angel holding a cross. This weathervane is one of the most prominent symbols of St Petersburg, and at 404 feet tall, the cathedral is the highest building in the city. Other buildings in the fortress include the City History Museum and the Mint, one of only two places in Russia where coins and medals are minted.

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City Sightseeing Tour

Take your student group on a comprehensive guided sightseeing tour of this beautiful city with your expert representative. Your group will see many amazing sights, including the Church of the Spilt Blood, the equal in many ways of St Basil’s in Moscow, the Bronze Horseman and the intriguing battleship  the “Aurora”. Continue to the recently renovated and magnificent St. Isaac’s Cathedral, then cross the Neva Ri read more ...

Peter and Paul Fortress

When Peter the Great reclaimed the lands along the Neva River in 1703, he decided to build a fort to protect the area from possible attack by the Swedish army and navy. The fortress was founded on a small island in the Neva delta on May 27,1703 and that day became the birthday of the city of St Petersburg. In the middle of the fortress stands the impressive Peter and Paul Cathedral, the burial place of all the Russian Emperors and Empresse read more ...

St Catherine's Palace

Located 25 kilometres south of St Petersburg your student group can visit this magnificent Palace and grounds and dig deep into hundreds of years of Russia's fascinating history. The display of the Catherine Palace (known until 1910 as the Great Palace of Tsarskoye Selo) museum covers the almost 300-year history of this outstanding edifice. It represents the work of architects involved in it's construction and decoration in the eig read more ...

The Hermitage and Winter Palace

Part of the amazing Winter Palace and with around 3 million works and artefacts, there is probably no other museum in the world, with the exception of the Louvre, that rivals the Hermitage. Opened as a museum in 1917 and with origins dating back to Peter the Great who collected works during his travels abroad, this massive collection contains a large number of Italian Renaissance and French Impressionist works, as well as examples by Picasso, read more ...

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