Canal tours will offer outstanding views of many of the prominent structures of St. Petersburg.
Shown from left to right:
Kunstkammer - The blue and white building houses Peter the Great's collection of biological curiosities.
Zoological Museum - Yellow building has over 100,000 specimens including a collection of mammoths and stuffed animals once belonging to Peter the Great.
Rostral Column - Once lighthouses for the busy port.
SS Peter and Paul Cathedral - The thin spire of the cathedral can be seen. The oldest church in St. Peterburg.
The building to the left of the Hermitage Palace (if to look at from Dvorzovy Bridge) is the Admiralty. It was former fortification that Peter I decided to build in 1704 in opposite side of Neva River to Petropavlovskaya Fortress. Since foundation till the middle of XIX century it was a shipyard and 256 ships were constructed here.
The language barrier
You won't find many people speaking English or German in Russia, even at major tourist destinations, so a phrase book or a guide is recommended. One tip: learn the alphabet! It'll save you lots of time trying to find out where you are and where you're going. Other than that, the people are open and friendly and it won't be a big problem to get in touch with them. Sharing a wodka or two on a good night out is only one of many ways to get to know some people!
St Petersburg: There are about...
St Petersburg: There are about 300 bridges in the city.
Ten of them are decorated with beautiful railings lamps and sculptures.
Some bridges over the Neva River are the biggest drawbridges in the world.
After 2:30 in the morning all of them are lift up....and if you hotel are in the other side .....you are in trouble !!!!!!
I was initially surprised to learn that Islam is the second religion in Russia (I hadn't really given it much thought before) ~ approximately 12 million people belong to this faith.
St. Petersburg had Muslim inhabitants from its very first years, but it wasn't until 1910 that the first mosque was. Modelled after a 15th-century Samarkand mausoleum, the mosque is a complete divergence from the style and architecture of anything else on Vasilievsky Island (or anything else that we saw in the city, period). The blue tiles are gorgeous and there is a second minaret to the rear (not in view in this photo).