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The State Museum of the History of Religion

The State Museum of the History of Religion

The State Museum of the History of Religion is one of the world’s few museums and the only one of its kind in Russia with its permanent exhibition featuring the origin and development of Religion. The Museum collection numbers about 200 000 exhibits. It houses a wide range of historical and cultural artifacts from various countries, ages, and peoples. The Museum keeps collections that cover a vast expanse of time from the Archaic (c. 6000 BC) and Ancient Egypt and Israel Times to the early Middle Ages in Europe; from the Ancient Greece and Rome to the present day. The history of Buddhism and Islam is also presented on the display.
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The Dostoevsky Museum

The Dostoevsky Museum

The Literary-Memorial Museum of Dostoevsky was opened on the 150th anniversary of his birthday in 1971. This house was his last apartment. The Brothers Karamazov novel was written in this house. The Dostoevsky's apartment was recreated for the most part from the memoirs of his wife Anna and of his contemporaries. The Dostoevsky Museum contains a theater for viewing performances and movies based on Dostoevsky's works, and for literary gatherings. Every year in November, when the writer's birthday is observed, the museum hosts an international scholarly conference "Dostoevsky and World Culture", and a journal of the same name is published with the conference proceedings. Exhibits by modern artists are always on display in the exhibition rooms. The museum has become an inseparable part of cultural life in St.Petersburg today.
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Saint Petersburg Metro

Saint Petersburg Metro

Due to the city's unique geology, the Saint Petersburg Metro is one of the deepest metro systems in the world and the deepest by the average depth of all the stations. The system's deepest station, Admiralteyskaya, is 86 metres below ground. Serving 2.15 million passengers daily, it is also the 16th busiest metro system in the world. Every station has its unique style. The most beautiful stations are on the red line (Avtovo, Kirovskiy zavod, Ploshad Vosstaniya).
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Yelagin Island

Yelagin Island

Yelagin Island is a unique protected natural complex. It is the northernmost island in the Neva delta, laved with Big Nevka in the north, with Central Nevka in the south and south-east, and shooting out with the narrow cape into the Gulf of Finland. At one time a royal residence, Yelagin Island since the middle of last century passed into the possession of the state and became the Central Park of Culture and Recreation, and from this moment it opened its doors to all comers. Today Kirov Central Park is a dynamically developing cultural and recreational space, suitable for audiences of different age groups and interests. There is a small zoo for young visitors. In summertime you can rent a bike, roller skates, boat, waterbike. In wintertime you can rent the skates and go skating in the open skating rink. In the alleys of the park, you will meet squirrels that will take nuts from your hands.
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The Bronze Horseman

The Bronze Horseman

The Bronze Horseman is an equestrian statue of Peter the Great Commissioned by Catherine the Great, it was created by the French sculptor Étienne Maurice Falconet. The name comes from an 1833 poem of the same the name by Aleksander Pushkin, which is widely considered one of the most significant works of Russian literature. The statue is now one of the symbols of Saint Petersburg. The statue's pedestal is the enormous Thunder Stone, the largest stone ever moved by man. The stone originally weighed about 1500 tonnes, and was carved down to 1250 during transportation to its current site.
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Pavlovsk Park

Pavlovsk Park

Pavlovsk is the palace-and-park ensemble and summer residence of Grand Prince Pavel (who became later the Emperor Pavel I). Pavlovsk Park was conceived by Cameron as a classic English landscape garden, an idealized landscape filled with picturesque pieces of classical architecture, designed to surprise and please the viewer. Pavlovsk Palace has state rooms designed by some of St. Petersburg's most famous architects, including Quarenghi, Rossi and Voronikhin, the first Russian-born architect to make a significant contribution to one of the Imperial palaces.
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Peter the Great Aquatoria

Peter the Great Aquatoria

Have you ever seen what was the Nevsky Prospect look like in 18 century? Or how ships set afloat from the staples of the Admiralty? What aristocracy dance parties were at the Upper Park of Peterhof? Or how St. Petersburg used to celebrate the Maslenitsa festival at that time? Be sure to come with children, family and friends. Are you a tourist and you don't have enough time to see all major tourist attractions in St. Petersburg (e.g. historic city center, Kronstadt, Oranienbaum, Peterhof)? In such circumstances “Peter the Great Aquatory ” provides you with a unique chance to see them all in one place! We, unlike many other museums, work till 22:00 (10 p.m.) and are located in the heart of the city.
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The Saint Petersburg Chamber Opera

The Saint Petersburg Chamber Opera

The St. Petersburg Chamber Opera was created by director Yuri Alexandrov in 1987. It was intended to be a creative laboratory and soon took a prominent place in St.Petersburg musical and drama sphere, winning the reputation of “the living opera” or “the searching theatre.” Nowadays artistic director Yuri Alexandrov constantly follows the modern operatic drama, considering it necessary for the theatre’s full artistic development. Over the years, he has staged the operas “I believe” by Piguzov, “The Fifth Journey of Christopher Columbus” and “Spotted Dog Running at the Edge of the Sea” by Smelkov, “White Rose” by Zimmerman, “Cornet Christoph Rilke's song of love and death” by Mattus. His creative approach to the musical content allows the director to incorporate an opera performance in the modern context. The St. Petersburg Chamber Opera performances are annually nominated to most prestigious Russian awards, Golden Mask and Golden Spotlight.
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The State Museum of Political History of Russia

The State Museum of Political History of Russia

The State Museum of the Political History of Russia is a successor of the State Museum of Revolution which was created on October 9, 1919, after the decree of Petrograd Soviet of Workers and the Red Army Deputies. Presently the State Museum of Political History of Russia is one of few museums which carry out documentation and expositional demonstration of processes taking place in political, economic, and social life of Russian society in the 19th-21st centuries.
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Rimsky-Korsakov Museum

Rimsky-Korsakov Museum

At present this is the only composer's museum in St.Petersburg. It occupies a wing of the house 28 on Zagorodny Prospekt, where Rimsky–Korsakov had spent the last fifteen years of his life, from 1893 to 1908. It was here that he composed eleven of his fifteen operas, among them Sadko, The Fairy–Tale of Tzar Sultan, The Tzar's Bride, Kashchey, the Immortal, The Golden Rooster. After the composer's and his wife's death, for fifty years the apartment was shared by several families. Nevertheless, all private belongings, as well as the furniture, have been carefully preserved by the composer's heirs. The musical life of the museum is as diverse today as it used to be then. Following the tradition, on Wednesdays "Musical Evenings in the Zagorodny House" take place here, involving musicians from the city opera houses and symphony orchestras. There are also season Saturday evening concerts for children, as well as series of concerts given by young musicians "The Musical Youth of St.Petersburg". Thrice a year - for the opening and closing of the season and on March 18th (the composer's birthday) concerts are conducted in the memorial living–room.
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Chaliapin Memorial Apartment

Chaliapin Memorial Apartment

Museum of Feodor Chaliapin was open on April 11, 1975 in his last flat in St Petersburg. Here, at Aptekarsky island, 2–B Permskaya street (now Graftio St.), the great singer lived from 1915 to 1922, when he left this country for good. Letters and photos, show bills and programmes, personal belongings and houseware, paintings and drawings, theatre costumes and set designs of Chaliapin's performances tell about the main events of life and career of the great singer. The museum also stores collection of weapons, which Maxim Gorky presented to Chaliapin. Of particular interest are paintings of renowned artists A. Golovin, K. Korovin and A. Yakovlev depicting Chaliapin in ordinary life and on stage. Here one also can see the famous portrait by B. Kustodiev (1921). Chaliapin was fond of that work and took it with him abroad. His daughters Marfa and Marina had given the portrait to the Museum in 1968.
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Sheremetev Palace — Museum of Music

Sheremetev Palace — Museum of Music

The former mansion of Counts Sheremetev is a unique historical and cultural monument, which represents rare for St.Petersburg pattern of an urban mansion. Up to 1917 the Palace and the land had belonged to the five generations of the senior branch - the Counts - of the old Russian family of Sheremetev. At present the majority of the Sheremetev halls, given to the museum in dramatic state, have been restored. The exhibition is arranged in three directions: a) The history of the Sheremetev family and life of Russian nobility in XVIII - XX cc. b) Open stores of the unique collection of musical instruments c) The exhibition of private collections. The permanent exhibition "The Sheremetev family and the Musical Life of the 18–20th cc." was organized in 1995 in collaboration with the State Hermitage, the Russian National Library, Pushkin House, the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Ostankino Memorial Palace, the Russian Porcelain Museum in Kuskovo, as well as owners of private collections. Another notable exhibition is a private collection of A.M.Sarayeva–Bondar (wife of V.V.Strekalov–Obolensky - a Petersburg collector). The collection numbering over 700 works of fine and applied arts (18–20th centuries) is one of the most precious recent acquisitions of the museum. The permanent Musical Instruments Collection displayed at the Palace has three thousand exhibits. "The Open Stores" exhibition opened in the October of 1997 in the Gallery Wing of the Fountain House. Here one can hear the Russian bells, replicas of antique musical instruments, copied in the 19th century from authentic pieces, which had been discovered during the excavations of Ancient Etruria. The fancy shapes of the baroque instruments of the 17–18th centuries - the old harps, viols, harpsichords- go extremely well with the style of the Palace, the delicate design of the iron railings, the stucco moulding of the interiors. The famous collection, framed by the old baroque architecture, is perceived as a new page in the musical–historical annals of the Fountain House, in which there are the names of famous artists of the past, renowned historians, painters, architects. The museum has become a popular place for concerts. The principal exhibition projects initiated and carried out by the museum:
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Alexandrinsky Theater

Alexandrinsky Theater

One of the oldest theaters in the country, bearing the proud name of the Russian State Academic Drama Theatre. Pushkin, better known as Alexandrinsky Theatre or Alexandrinka, has long been a favorite destination of cultural pastime among locals. Also a guests who had heard about the productions of theater, seeking to buy a ticket to the Alexandrinsky Theatre is still a couple of months before his arrival in St. Petersburg. Alexandrinsky Theatre is preparing for the anniversary of its artistic director Valery Fokin. In February 2016 Festival "Ten Valery Fokin" will be held in honor of the 70th anniversary of the director. The main event will be the premiere of "Today. 2016." This is the first work of the master on the new stage, and one of his tasks he sees the experience of subordination unique technical capabilities of this innovative platform artistic sense. The performance has no intermission Premiere - February 25, 2016
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ROSPHOTO Exhibition Hall

ROSPHOTO Exhibition Hall

The Centre exhibits works of well known national and international masters of photography, as well as young talented artists working in the genres of contemporary art closely connected with photography: video-art, photographic installations, animation, experimental cinema. Over the last years centre has introduced to the audience such outstanding artists as Boris Savelyev, Sergey Falin, Boris Mikhalevkin (Russia), Deborah Turbeville (USA), Ara Guler (Turkey), Antanas Sutkus (Lithuania), John Johnsen (Denmark), Joachim Schmidt, Susanne Winterling (Germany), to name a few.
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Oranienbaum Palaces and Park

Oranienbaum Palaces and Park

The Grand Menshikov palace, is the oldest construction of Oranienbaum. In its courtyard and its surroundings, one can plainly feel the spirit of that time, the epoch of transformation and battling for the entrance to the Baltic sea. It is situated almost at the water level of the gulf, connected with the sea, directed to it, as if embodying the main goal of all the work of Peter I's time - the affirmation of Russia on the coast of the freed sea. The Chinese palace, located in the depth of the Upper Park and surrounded by greenery on all of its sides, is part of the "Private Dacha", the grand palace-and-park complex of the Empress Catherine II. The definition "private", in the court terminology, implied that a particular building, pavilion or a garden, were intended solely for the imperial members, and only selected people could have been invited here. This was the case with the Chinese Palace and its surroundings - the personal residence of Catherine II. Like the fabulous palaces at Oranienbaum, the park around them is in need of a great deal of tender, loving cate to restore it to its former glories. While some parts of the varied parkland can still give a fair impression of the carefully planned landscaping carried out in the reign of Catherine the Great, others are so overgrown as to have become just wilderness.
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St Isaac’s Cathedral

St Isaac’s Cathedral

The Cathedral features unique collection of monumental and decorative sculpture, including both interior and exterior sculptures, also over 150 paintings, making it impossible to explore in depth even major artworks during one visit. Therefore, you are offered different tours. From May to October the Museum offers to visit the Colonnade of St. Isaac's Cathedral , to climb 43 meters and see the views of St. Petersburg, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Especially beautiful in a short period of white nights. White nights give a unique charm to architectural ensembles of the city, its squares and streets. Climbing on the Colonnade, you will see a panoramic view of the Neva and the bridges open. When the white nights season is over, excellent illumination of the Neva river, bridges and architectural ensembles of the center of St. Petersburg can be viewed from the colonnade.
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Boat Trips and River Cruises

Boat Trips and River Cruises

Once the summer comes (usually by the end of April), a boat trip is an essential part of any sightseeing holiday to St. Petersburg. There's a huge choice of boats and operators, ranging from small private launches to multi-level river cruisers, so you can join a timetabled tour or organize your own if you're travelling in a small group. Nearly all boats, however, follow one of a few tried and tested routes along St. Petersburg's rivers and canals, as well as some longer routes out to the city's suburban visitor attractions. Inner-city tours start from around 400 rubles for adults (half-price for children under 12, and free for children under seven).
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Mariinsky Theatre

Mariinsky Theatre

The Mariinsky Theatre is a historic theatre of opera and ballet , where many of the stage masterpieces of Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov received their premieres. Through most of the Soviet era, it was known as the Kirov Theatre. Today, the Mariinsky Theatre is home to the Mariinsky Ballet, Mariinsky Opera and Mariinsky Orchestra. Since Yuri Temirkanov's retirement in 1988, the conductor Valery Gergiev has served as the theatre's general director. The Mariinsky theatre invites you to the I International Choral Festival "SINGING MASLENITSA" (6 - 13 March 2016) and the XVI International Festival of Ballet "MARIINSKY" (31 March – 10 April 2016).
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