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
Guide(s) containing this sight: Palace Embankment Walking Tour  

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.
St Petersburg Nightlife

St Petersburg Nightlife

St Petersburg has a variety of vibrant and buzzing nightlife spots. There is a wide range of bars and clubs where you can have an unforgettable night out. No matter what genre of music you prefer, St Petersburg has it, from rockabilly to hip hop. Don't miss your chance to experience the amazing St Petersburg nightlife.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles
Walking Tour Around Vasilievsky Island in St Petersburg

Walking Tour Around Vasilievsky Island in St Petersburg

Vasilievsky Island is a part of Saint Petersburg's historic center. The southern embankment of the island has long attracted tourists with its old beautiful buildings, some of which date back to the 18th century. This guide will help you find and explore the most popular attractions on St Petersburg's Vasilievsky Island.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 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
Religious Tour in St Petersburg

Religious Tour in St Petersburg

When visiting St Petersburg you will be astonished by the number and variety of churches. There are world famous, architecturally refined, historical cathedrals as well as small but beautiful and originally designed churches. Of particular grandeur are Russian Orthodox churches. Take this tour to see some of the most famous religious jewels of Saint Petersburg.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.9 Km or 4.9 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
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

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