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Jewish Saint Petersburg Tour
"Visit the Grand Choral Synagogue is an important part of the tour: Designed in Moorish style by architects Shaposhnikov and Shreter the Synagogue opened in 1893 by which time the Jewish community had reached  16500 nearly 2% of the city’s population. Accommodating over 1200 persons the Synagogue was the only Jewish place of prayer to survive the repressions of 1930s. It continued to function even during the Siege of Leningrad 1941-1944. Today the Synagogue still has an active community. St. Petersburg has a well developed Je dozens of Jewish centers and community houses welcome visitors from all over the world. You will meet locals there learn about activities and tasks of the community and see for yourself how Russian Jews live today -all this in your  visit to one of the local Jewish community centres (e.g. famous Yesod). After that lunch/snack/coffee-break in a local venue of you
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Russian Ballet Evening and 3-course Traditional Russian Lunch in Saint-Petersburg
"A driver will pick you up at the hotel lobby and drive you to the centrally located Russian restaurant. Here you will taste the famous courses of Russian cuisine such as fresh cabbage salad with apple vinegret (Old-style Russian salad with cooked and pickled vegetables) Shchi (Russian cabbage soup) with sour cream chicken cutlet ""Pozharskaya"" with tomato sauce hot pancake with fruit spread chicken fricassee in mushroom sauce Kasha (buckwheat porridge with onion). And of course
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One Day Private Tour: City Tour with Skip-the-Line Hermitage
"Itinerary:9am:  Meet your guide at the hotel9am - 12pm: City Tour (Photo stops at famous sights of the city including inside visit to Peter & Paul Fortress + St. Peter & Paul Cathedral)
12:15pm - 1:15pm:  Lu Rostral Columns Egyptian Sphinxes and the Academy of Fine Arts Saint-Petersburg State UniversityPeter & Paul’s Fortress + Cathedral - inside visit; photo stops at the Artillery museum Trinity square Cabin of Peter IPhoto stop St. Isaac’s Square: Monument to Nicholas I Mariinsky Palace
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Where Is The City Centre?

Downtown St Petersburg covers a vast area with its many districts and islands, each of which have their own characteristics. It's therefore difficult to define exactly where the city centre is. Even if you consider the main street, Nevsky Prospekt, as a candidate you have to bear in mind that the street is over four kilometres long and only runs through the southern half of the city. Others would suggest Palace Square with its central Alexander Column overlooked by the Winter Palace, the former Army HQ and the nearby St Isaac's Cathedral.

The official answer however is really rather simple. In the centre of the operations hall of the main post office, on Pochtamtskaya Ulitsa, is the pillar pictured with its prominent 0 and dated 1714. It was from this location that all distances from St Petersburg were measured. The post office was built in 1782-89 around this post, which was originally sited in its courtyard.

The post office is worth searching out in its own right, both as a fine example of the period architecture and for the various exhibitions it hosts. On my visit, this time round, there was an exhibition of Russian Olympics posters and stamps from the Moscow 1980 games.

As well as being a stunningly attractive building it is also perfectly functional, providing all the basic postal services and also offers public internet access. One thing I did miss out on though was taking pictures from outside - ach, well yet another reason why I have to revisit!

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Aug 05, 2014

Exploring the Winter...

Exploring the Winter palace/Hermitage is a must when visiting St.Petersburg.
But take the trip to Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo) as well to see the Catherine palace and the Alexander palace. Wonderful surroundings including the most beautiful English-style park with a lake. Idyllic!
Another two and a half miles from Pushkin is Pavlovsk.
Here you'll find an immense park, which is a masterpiece of sculpture and scenery.

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Aug 25, 2002

This is the tomb of the...

This is the tomb of the famouse Russian Rock singer Victor Tsoi ('Kino'). He died in automobile accident in 1990. Now many of Russian singers (Zemfira, Mumii Troll, Checherina...) sing his songs.

It was his birthday at the end of June. There are always plenty of flowers and people on the Bogoslovskoje graveyard.

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Aug 24, 2002

St. Petersburg is currently...

St. Petersburg is currently (Aug 2001) undergoing a major restoration program leading up to its 300th birthday in 2003 so many of its famous attractions are obscured by scaffolding etc.
If you want an unobscured view of these sites than maybe you should delay your trip until 2003

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Aug 25, 2002
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While I was in St. Petersburg, I witnessed a lot of wedding parties walking around town. Apparently it is a tradition for newly married couples to visit various monuments around town after the wedding ceremony.

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Feb 11, 2005

I have been in St Petersburg...

I have been in St Petersburg many times but I did not know about this mosque (not far from Peter & Paul fortress) until the last visit.

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Aug 24, 2002

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St.Isaac's Cathedral

Having a boat trip along the city canals you will see lots of magnificent edifices. his is the golden dome of St.Isaac's Cathedral built in 1818 - 1848. St.Isaac was the patron saint of Peter the...
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This huge complex of buildings can be seen from the three main thoroughfares of the city. You can see this tower with the old spire crowned with a weather vane shaped like a caravelle. The spire...
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As any Great Museum of the World Class, the State Hermitage has collections representing human culture from pre-historic times till XX century. At the ground floor you are going to find hall #65 the...
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Grand Palace

The Palace Church was built in 1751 by architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli. This Church played a special role in the history of the Russian imperial court. In the summer months, when Peterhof...
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