ST. PETERSBURG CITY HIGHLIGHTS
with entrances to the Peter-and-Paul Fortress and to the Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood
The City-Tour, leaded by English-speaking Resident Tour-guide, will give you an overview of the history and geography of St. Petersburg, the UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the world's most amazing travel destinations.
You will observe all the main highlights of the city: the Mariinsky Theater, the Hermitage, the Winter Palace, the Palace Square, the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, the Bronze Horseman Statue, the St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Peter's Log Cabin, the Cruiser Aurora, the Smolny Convent, the Nevsky Prospect, the Square of Arts and more. The tour also takes you inside the Peter-and-Paul Fortress and the Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood.
The Peter-and-Paul Fortress marks the founding of the city by Peter the Great in 1703. Inside stands the Cathedral of Peter-and-Paul (1714) where the Romanovs from Peter the Great onward are buried. In July 1998 the last Tsar, Nickolas II, with most of his family, were finally laid to rest here. Started as a citadel to defend the city from sea invasions, the Fortress has served many other roles as well. It was later converted into a prison for political dissidents before being harnessed by the Bolsheviks as a museum.
The marvelous Russian-style Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood was built on the spot where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated in March 1881. The church was built between 1883 and 1907 and was officially called the Resurrection of Christ Church (a.k.a. The Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood).
The church was closed for services in the 1930s, when the Bolsheviks went on an offensive against religion and destroyed churches all over the country. It remained closed and under restoration for over 30 years and was finally re-opened in 1997 in all its dazzling former glory.