Scenes from St Petersburg, Russia

As a travel blogger and writer one of the questions I’m always asked by people is “what is your favourite place that you’ve visited?” and each time I can’t answer it. Asking me to pick one favourite place in the 35 countries and countless cities I’ve visited is like asking a parent to pick which of their children is their favourite.

ST PETERSBURG, BEST PLACES TO VISIT

Usually when I’m asked the question I offer up a handful of places that I’ve visited and loved but one which always passes my lips is St Petersburg in Russia.

It’s a place I’ve only visited once but absolutely fell head over heels in love with. I’d return in a heartbeat to explore more of the city and learn more about the fascinating history that exists here.
ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA

The city is full of culture and is home to The Hermitage Museum, one of the oldest and largest museums in the entire world. Inside you can browse the works of Titian, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Monet, Van Gogh and Gauguin among hundreds of others.
ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA, THE HERMITAGE
ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA, THE HERMITAGE

The architecture in the city is some of the most stunning and breathtaking I’ve ever come across. There are examples of neoclassical, romantic, constructivist, Stalinist and several other types of architecture all throughout the city.
ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA, ARCHITECTURE
ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
ST PETERSBURG RUSSIA

Without a doubt my favourite building in St Petersburg, and probably in the entire world, is The Church on the Savior of the Spilled Blood. This striking building has a bright red exterior and is adorned with gold domes and multi-coloured embellishments.

It’s named The Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood because of the story that Tsar Alexander was brutally attacked and mortally wounded at this location on the banks of the Griboedov Canal at the end of the 19th Century.

ST PETERSBURG, THE CHURCH OF THE SAVIOR ON THE SPILLED BLOOD, RUSSIA

ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA, THE CHURCH OF THE SAVIOR ON THE SPILLED BLOOD

The interior of the church certainly lives up to the expectations you get after looking at the exterior. The entirety of the inside is covered in tiny, glittering mosaics that are put together with painstaking detail.

ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA, THE CHURCH OF THE SAVIOR ON THE SPILLED BLOOD

ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA, THE CHURCH OF THE SAVIOR ON THE SPILLED BLOOD

What do you think of St Persburg? Would you like to visit one day or have you already been? 

6 Responses to Scenes from St Petersburg, Russia

  1. Theresa

    Russia is on my bucket list! St. Petersburg looks amazing!!

    • Emma Gray

      It is SO wonderful. Hope you manage to get there soon!

  2. Brittany @ Paws for Beer

    St Petersburg is so high on my list of places I want to visit that I actually have a photo of The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood at my desk to encourage me to get there one day!

    • Emma Gray

      Haha how funny – I used to have a photo of it next to my desk too! I hope you make it there sometime soon :)

  3. Suki F

    I was going to say the same as Brittany! I really want to visit St. Petersburg.

    • Emma Gray

      Hope you make it there soon, Suki. It’s an amazing city!

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