Let me guide you and tell little bit about most interesting places to visit in Saint-Petersburg, beyond my parlor and city night live. Many of our website visitors ask me to help with this, because most of them are here for business and have only couple of free days to spend for sightseeing’s. So, I can be your online escort girlfriend.
Shame you don’t have much time. To be honest, you need at least a week to overview just a key places, but let’s suppose that you been here for a business meeting and still have 1-2 days before your next flight. Familiar situation? Ok, then here is a quick scamper, like “Saint-Petersburg for dummies”.
And let’s suppose you stay somewhere on Nevsky prospect.
MUST VISIT PLACES
1. Church of the Savior on Blood
You will spend 30-40 min. Entrance is about 300 rub.
Also known as Resurrection of Christ Church. Was built in 1883-1907 in the place where in March 1, 1881 was mortally wounded by bomb Alexander II.
There was 2 big design competitions in 1881-1882 but all the works was rejected by Alexander III.
Finally he took the project by Alfred Parland and Archimandrite Ignatius, but only with clause that it will be improved by architecture Grimm. So, there is no one main designer.
The church was close to be destroyed in 1931-38, but world war two divert Soviet government from this plan.
2. Kazan Cathedral. Right on Nevsky prospect.
You will spend 30-40 min. Entrance is free.
Temple, which houses the main sanctuary city “Kazan Icon of the Mother of God”. Building initiated by Pavel I after his trip in Europe and started in 1801 after his death. Designed by talented young architect Andrei Voronikhin. Also, after the War of 1812, in the temple was moved 27 captured flags of the defeated French army.
Address: Nevsky prospect 25. Open till 8pm.
3. Saint Isaac’s Cathedral. Close to Nevsky prospect start.
You will spend 30-40 min. Entrance is about 250 rubles.
Largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in Saint-Petersburg. It’s history starts in 1710 when there was an old wooden Isaac’s Dalmatsky church on this place. In 1712 Peter the first married there to Catherine Alexeevna, his second wife.
The wooden church was replaced with the stone one and then in XVIII century with bigger temple. However this temple was not good enough for city center and it was decided to replace it with design of August Monferran.
40 years of work and they got wonderful Cathedral which can hold up to 12000 people! The cathedral history was terrible during the revolution and world war two. But today it is a working Cathedral.
4. Copper Horseman (Bronze Horseman)
You will spend 30 min. Free.
Stands right behind the Saint Isaac’s cathedral. Not the only one but most well known monument to Peter I. It is not from COPPER ) it is from bronze. But we call it copper horseman because of well known Pushkin poem.
Was done by Catherine II decree and designed by French sculptor Ethan Falcone. After 16 years of work Falcone finished the Horseman in 1782. Peter sits on a horse which is covered with bearskin. The horse is symbol of rebellious people which obeyed the emperor and the snake in horse hoofs are the opponents of reforms (and also additional support of whole monument). The words on boulder are “From Catherine II to Peter I. Year 1782”
5. Palace square and Alexander Column
You will spend 30 min. Free.
Palace square is the main Saint-Petersburg plaza which was named because of “Winter palace” – the main residence of Russian monarchs in XVIII-XIX centuries. It is the place for concerts and public events.
The Alexander Column stands right on square. Designed by Auguste Montferrand and finished in 1834. It is 47,5 meters long and is the most high column in the world which is done from one solid stone. The column is named in honor of Alexander I and symbolize his victory over Napoleon and the peace and quiet that brought Russia to Europe, defeating Napoleon.
Angel on top is designed by architecture Orlovsky and has face of Alexander I. Whole column is 600 tons weight and stands without any additional piles.
You will spend about 3-4 hours. It will be only overview excursion because whole Hermitage takes more than week. Cost about 600 rub.
Well the Hermitage itself is 6 buildings. You will cover the main one “Winter palace”. It holds about 3 million items, including paintings, drawings, sculpture, applied art, a collection of numismatics and archaeological sites.
It was started as a personal collection of Catherine the greatest in 1764 and open for public only in 1852.
DONT lose your time trying to overview Hermitage by yourself. Take excursion. I will not tell you what to watch there because this place is full of masterpieces like the “Madonna and Child” (“Benois Madonna”) by Leonardo da Vinci, “St. Sebastian” by Titian, “The Holy Family” by Raphael, “The Return of the Prodigal Son” by Rembrandt, “the apostles Peter and Paul” El Greco.
Just take excursion and dive in to all of this. I will give you only one advice: Don’t try to overview many things. Cover only main masterpieces but spend more time with them. It’s art, but not just a “must be visited place”.
7. Restaurant to have a dinner or meeting
Finish your day in a good old restaurant which I really like. It is called “Stroganoff Steak House”. They have good English website: LINK. I don’t advertise, just recommend. They serve best meat dishes in the city and my men also takes their herring which we often buy to take with after a dinner.
After the restaurant you can spend time somewhere in bar or club or visit my girls for erotic massage before to take a look on bridges opening. I just know you are really tired after Hermitage and there are not many places to relax before to go to bridges. A massage is really good choice.
The main bridge and the most beautiful view will be Palace bridge (Dvortsovy bridge) which was builded in 1912-1916. There was 54 designs rejected before the final one by Andrey Pshenitsky. Each opening flight of the bridge weight 700 ton!
Follow the Saint-Petersburg bridges opening schedule to be near the bridge in time. Dvortsovy will be opened first at 1:35am. So, you better be there at 1:15, because sometimes they open earlier. Take your camera with!
And don’t forget to read my other helpful articles which will guide you through the night life and sexual attractions in Saint-Petersburg!