City tour and Magnificent Churches of St Petersburg

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24 Aug 2019

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City tour and Magnificent Churches of St Petersburg

City Tour

A special city tour tailored to your personal requirements – it’s a great way to see St Petersburg and all it has to offer!

Because it’s built around you, our tour can start and finish wherever you want. Your licensed guide and driver can show you the city’s most popular places of interest … or alternatively take you to its not-so-well-known sites – it’s up to you. Your private guide will tell you all about how and when the city was founded, how it developed during the time of the tsars and tsarinas, or explain its pivotal role in the Russian Revolution, which saw Lenin come to power and the establishment of Communism.

Along the way, you can visit Russian Orthodox Cathedrals, museums and churches. Major places of interest to be seen en route include Palace Square, the Winter Palace, St Nicolas’ Cathedral, the Mariinsky Opera and Ballet Theatre, St Peter and Paul Fortress, the Bronze Horseman, Kazan Cathedral, Nevsky Prospekt, Smolny Monastery and many more.

For a tailor-made tour that’s built around you, this is the perfect way to enjoy everything St Petersburg has to offer.

This tour will include entrance tickets to the St Isaac’s Cathedral the Church on the Spilled Blood.

St Isaac's Cathedral

St Isaac’s Cathedral with its huge golden dome is one of the finest monuments from the 19th century and the largest cathedral in the city, able to accommodate about 13 000 people.

Its interior is most impressive, decorated with marble, malachite, lapis lazuli and porphyry. Approximately 220 lb of precious metal were used to guild its splendid golden dome. And inside, there’s no shortage of information charting the history of the cathedral’s construction.

For architectural splendour and an insight into the changing fate of religion in Russia over the last few centuries, it’s a must-see destination.

The Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood

You’ll find the Temple of the Resurrection of the Christ (better known as the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood) standing proudly on the banks of the Griboyedov Canal in the centre of St Petersburg. It’s a superb example of Russian architecture and decorative art from the end of the 19th century.

The church marks the spot where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated in 1881 by members of the revolutionary terrorist organisation “People’s Will” – hence the name “The Saviour on the Spilled Blood”. 

Badly damaged after the Russian Revolution, it wasn’t reopened until 1997, after 27 years of restoration work. Now a museum and tourist attraction, it hosts frequent memorial services. And as anyone who ventures inside will agree, it’s simply stunning!

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