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The State Russian Museum, Visit St. Petersburg

09 Jan
The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

The First State Museum of the Russian Fine Art in St. Peterburg.

The next time you visit St. Petersburg, immerse yourself in the country’s history and culture by experiencing the many wonders offered by the State Russian Museum. It is the first state museum of the Russian fine art. The Russian Museum was established in 1891. This complex of destinations includes Mikhailovsky Palace, Mikhailovsky Castle, Benios Wing, Marble Palace, Stroganov Palace, St. Michael’s Castle, Summer Garden, Summer Palace, Cabin of Peter the Great and more. The main building of this complex is the Mikhailovsly Palace with a  significant collection of national art. It is situated in the center of St. Petersburg, on Squire of Arts.  Since its inception in 1898, this comprehensive collection of internationally diverse works of art has shown travelers who visit St. Petersburg why this city is nicknamed “The Venice of the North.”

The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

The State Russian Museum, the largest collection of Russian art.

These architecturally stunning structures are home to sculptures, paintings, graphic art and applied art, dating back as far as the 10th Century A.D. and as current as the 21st Century. The opening of the world’s largest collection of Russian art was initiated by Emperor Alexander III and seen to completion by Emperor Nicholas II.

St. Michael' Castle, the State Russian Museum

St. Michael’ Castle, the State Russian Museum

Visit Russia and revel in the delight of studying masterful works from every major genre. Categories include: religious portraiture, romantic portraiture, historical renderings, landscape art, impressionism, 20th Century abstract art, jewelry art goldsmithery, sculpture, mixed media and more. Renown works from famous names, such as Ivan Aivazovsky, Wasilly Kandinsky, Pavel Troubetzkoy and Georg Christoph Grooth await those who visit St. Petersburg and wish for an unforgettable experience.

Permanent Aivazovsky's Exebition

Permanent Aivazovsky’s Exhibition

Visit The Peterhof Grand Palace with Visa Free St. Petersburg Tours

09 Jan
The Peterhof Grand Palace and Gardens

The Peterhof Grand Palace and Gardens

The Peterhof Grand Palace and Gardens

Your visa free St. Petersburg trip wouldn’t be complete without an inspirational visit to the magnificent Peterhof Palace and Gardens, nicknamed “the Russian Versailles”. Initial construction of this grand, imperial palace dates back to the 1720s. Throughout the next 200 years that followed, this majestic structure underwent constant renovations, refurbishing, embellishments and expansions. Destroyed by German troops during WWII, the Peterhof Palace was restored shortly after the war.

Peterhof Cascade, St. Petersburg

Peterhof Cascade, St. Petersburg

Designed by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, the long and narrow façade of the Grand Palace is sophisticated and elegant, boasting white pavilions with golden cupolas. With a regal presentation, it creates a superb backdrop for the Palace Gardens and the Grand Cascade fountains. The interior décor of the Grand Palace is sumptuous and eye-catching, with detailed carvings, luxurious fabrics, dazzling statues and spectacular wall frescoes.

The Palace Gardens, planned and cultivated over many generations, feature many lovely examples of aristocratic European park design. As a haven for lush greenery and colorful flowers, these landscaped gardens provide the perfect venue for pleasant strolling. This is the ideal place for contemplation and relaxation as you tour Russia visa free.

The Grand Cascade, Peterhof

The Grand Cascade, Peterhof

The Grand Cascade is a famed grouping of fountains that is composed of 64 different fountains and more than 200 bronze sculptures. Peter the Great enhanced the superior grandeur of the Palace with the amazing engineering of these water jets. The Samson fountain, which depicts Samson wrestling with a lion, holds a place of honor in the center of the Grand Cascade. Even now, the Peterhof fountains are one of the most popular, famed tourist sites on every tour of Russia visa free. All visitors to St. Petersburg visa free will be astounded by the exquisite glory of the Peterhof Palace and Gardens.

Peterhof and the Gulf of Finland

Peterhof and the Gulf of Finland (Baltic Sea)

You can visit the Peterhof Grand Palace and Park by booking our visa free St. Petersburg tours: