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Palace Square, St. Petersburg

Palace Square, St. Petersburg (must see)

One cannot truly experience St. Petersburg without visiting the breathtaking Palace Square – the central city square of St. Petersburg. The location receives its name from the nearby Winter Palace and connects the Palace Bridge and the Nevsky Prospekt. It is also the location where many important historical events occurred. Bloody Sunday, where the Tsar’s troops gunned downed protestors, occurred nearby. The Cruiser Aurora fired a shot from its forecastle gun to signal an attack on the Winter Palace during the October 1917 Revolution.

The plaza was designed from 1819 to 1829 by architect Carlo Rossi. The square contains a mix of design styles from the Winter Palace (Baroque) to the Classical style of the Imperial Army General Staff building. One of the most stunning architectural elements is the Alexander Column, a 47.5-meter high column that celebrates Russia's victory over Napoleonic France.

The monument is topped with an angel that is holding a cross. The designer was Auguste de Montferrand. One stunning aspect of the 600-ton statue is that it was installed without cranes or machinery. It also did not require any attachment to the base. Nearby tourist attractions include the Hermitage Museum, the General Staff Building, and Admiralty. The plaza is the site of many concerts by popular artists.

Why You Should Visit:
Immaculately clean square and, since it's bordered by the Hermitage and the Winter Palace, also extremely picturesque.

Tip:
The horse rides only take 20 minutes, but give a special dimension to visiting St Pete (and are not expensive).
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Palace Square
Sight Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in St. Petersburg, Russia

Create Your Own Walk in St. Petersburg

Create Your Own Walk in St. Petersburg

Creating your own self-guided walk in St. Petersburg is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Palace Embankment Walking Tour

Palace Embankment Walking Tour

Stretching along the River Neva in the very heart of St Petersburg is the Palace Embankment. A long standing tourist attraction, other than fresh air and a pleasant view of the river, the Embankment offers a terrific sight of the Peter and Paul Fortress and the Vasilievsky Island. The Embankment also holds marvelous landmarks such as the Winter Palace, the Hermitage Theatre, the Marble Palace and...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Traces of The Russian Revolution Walking Tour in St. Petersburg

Traces of The Russian Revolution Walking Tour in St. Petersburg

In the early 20th century Russia endured several revolutions waged against the Tsarist autocracy. The old regime fell and gave rise to a new formation, the Soviet Union. All the Russian revolutions took place in Saint Petersburg. Take this tour and discover the traces of Russian revolutions that had effect on the course of history of Russia and the entire world.

Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.2 Km or 5.7 Miles
Russian Literary Heritage Walking Tour in Saint Petersburg

Russian Literary Heritage Walking Tour in Saint Petersburg

Many world-famous Russian writers and poets lived in Saint Petersburg. All of them described this beautiful city in their works. We offer you an unforgettable walking tour around the museums devoted to some of the most outstanding figures in Russian Literature. Do not miss the opportunity to see places of Saint Petersburg where Pushkin, Blok, Dostoevsky and others lived and created their...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.4 Km or 4 Miles
The Neva River and Griboedov Canal Walking Tour

The Neva River and Griboedov Canal Walking Tour

The city of Saint Petersburg abounds in attractions and one day is definitely not enough to see them all. This guide invites you for a walk from the city's largest St. Isaac's Cathedral down to other major attractions found between the Neva River and the Griboedov Canal, ending at the beautiful Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas. This tour is an opportunity to learn more about St....  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
Parks and Sights of Saint-Petersburg

Parks and Sights of Saint-Petersburg

Saint Petersburg is one of the greenest cities in Russia. It has many parks and gardens, among which the Summer Garden is the oldest. The guide invites you to a tour around the southern bank of the Neva River to stroll across the Summer Garden, the Mikhailovsky Park, and the Field of Mars, and to explore the attractions within.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Nevsky Prospekt Walking Tour

Nevsky Prospekt Walking Tour

Nevsky Prospekt (Nevsky Avenue) is the main artery of Saint-Petersburg, named after Alexander Nevsky, a prominent warlord and legendary figure in Russian history. The Avenue hosts a plethora of historic and cultural attractions, as well as shopping and entertainment venues. Follow this guide to the Nevsky most popular sights.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles

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