St. Petersburg was founded by Peter the Great (1682-1725) in 1703, when the foundation of the Peter and Paul Fortress was laid. Besides the fortress, important characteristics of St. Petersburg include: the Bronze Horseman given life by Pushkin's eponymous poem; the Admiralty and the golden ship decorating its tower; ninety-something canals; the State Hermitage Museum; the Mariinsky Theatre(s); the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra under the great Evgeny Mravinsky.
The city, then known as Leningrad, was besieged by Nazi troops for 872 days, from September 1941 to January 1944. More than a million civilians died of starvation during the Siege.
Below are some photos I have taken from the city as a tourist du dimanche, none being of any original idea. You find images of professional quality using your favourite search engin or Wikipedia.
Unless stated otherwise, all photos on these pages are by myself. Please feel free to use if you like them.
☞ ADMIRALTY AND ALEXANDER GARDEN
The Admiralty was, with the Peter and Paul Fortress, the first edifice built in St. Petersburg.
☞ MONUMENTS: THE FAVOURITE AND THE LEAST FAVOURITE
(left) The Bronze Horseman on the Decembrists' Square (Senate Square) was a statue honouring Peter the Great. Pushkin's eponymous poem has given it the name — and made it alive.
(right) Inaugurated in 1909 in front of the Moskovsky Vokzal railway station, but removed in 1937, the Alexander III statue was supposedly kept in a secret place in the Russian Museum. Officially rediscovered recently, it finally finds a modest place in the courtyard of the Marble Palace of the Russian Museum.
☞ PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS
A certain Fyodor Mikhailovich D. was imprisoned in Bastille-on-Neva in 1849.
☞ ROSTRAL COLUMNS
(left: State Hermitage Museum)
☞ SAINT ISAAC'S CATHEDRAL
Saint Isaac's Cathedral is the largest in the city.
☞ WINTER PALACE AND STATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM
(from Palace Square)
(from the Neva)
The State Hermitage Museum is the world's second largest art museum in surface, ahead of both Metropolitan Museum of Art and British Museum, only behind (nonetheless older than) the Louvre.
☞ STATE RUSSIAN MUSEUM
(from Arts Square with its Pushkin monument)
Related topic: Personal favourites in State Russian Museum.
☞ OPEN BRIDGE
(left: Admiralty Tower;
right: St. Isaac's Cathedral, alas covered for work)
In summer, most bridges in the city are open during night.
Related topic: Blagoveshchenskiy Bridge in The Idiot and Poor Folk.
☞ NEVSKY PROSPECT
The St. Petersburg Champs-Elysées starts from the Admiralty in the ouest, crosses Moyka River, Griboyedov Canal, Fontanka River, and ends at Alexander Nevsky Monastery in the east.
Great Gostiny Dvor
(from Ostrovsky Square)
☞ CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR ON BLOOD
(from Field of Mars)
(from Griboyedov Canal)
The church is built on the very place where Alexander II got killed in 1881.
☞ FESTIVAL OF RELIGIOUS EDIFICES
St. Andrew the Apostle
St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral
☞ STREET VIEWS
(left: Nikolay Akimov Comedy Theatre)
Architect Rossi Street
(background: Alexandrinsky Theatre;
right: Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet)
Street named after Carlo Rossi, who designed the Theatre.
Voskresenskaya (Resurrection) Embankment
(Model of Poltava,
first battleship built at Admiralty in 1712)
Lieutenant Shmidta Embankment
(left: Church of the Assumption of Mary;
right: Blagoveshchenskiy Bridge)
Image from Fyodor Dostoevsky Literary Memorial Museum. Background photos by myself: (left) Lake (1899-1900), Isaac Levitan, State Russian Museum; (right) State Hermitage Museum & the Neva.
□ The City on the Neva (you are currently on this page)
□ Canals and Bridges
□ Noble Spirits
□ The Idiot and Poor Folk
□ Peterhof, Pavlovsk, Repino
□ The Rest is Silence