Exploring St. Petersburg
Petersburg is a city of haunting magnificence, an imperial
capital that seems to have been built as a monument to its own
passing. Less than three centuries have passed since Peter the
Great began building his grand city on the Gulf of Finland, but
it is difficult to visit its vast, crystalline squares and
palaces without feeling the enormity of the gulf that separates
that time from our own. All of which, of course, makes St.
Petersburg more evocative of Russia's past than any place except
perhaps the Moscow Kremlin. This impression is only deepened by
a more familiar acquaintance. The enigmatic homeliness of
Peter's cottage and the city's placid canals may contrast with
the brooding grandeur of the Winter Palace, but they share with
it a graceful stillness that is difficult to forget.
Hermitage & The Russian Museum
Theatres of St. Petersburg