St. Petersburg is often described as the most Westernized city of Russia, as well as its cultural capital.
It is the northernmost city in the world to have a population of over one million. The Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The most important places to visit in St. Petersburg are:
- Church of the Savior on Blood (one of the greatest landmarks of St. Petersburg, its striking facade leaves a memorable impression on visitors that come from around the world)
- St. Isaac’s Cathedral (one of Russia’s largest churches. Constructed in the 19th century, a French-born architect created this remarkable structure)
- Peterhof Palace (Peter the Great built this incredibly luxurious imperial palace. Situated by the gulf of Finland, it was built in the early 18th century)
- The Hermitage and many more.