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