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Russia’s Cultural Capital

Few destinations on the globe can be described with more superlatives than             St. Petersburg.  The Hermitage, Mariinsky Theatre, Shostakovich Philharmonic Hall, Russian Museum and scores of art galleries—the aesthetic delights of Russia’s imperial capital are legendary. 

  This 18th-century city of magnetic charm has captured the hearts of millions of world travellers.
Founded in 1703 as the capital for Peter the Great’s vision of a new Russia, St. Petersburg was constructed and developed according to the czar’s carefully designed plan.

  Setting the scope and direction of the main avenues, the River Neva and its many tributaries and canals long ago gave rise to the city’s nickname, the Venice of the North. St. Petersburg’s imperial glory is reflected in hundreds of palaces, squares and imperial residences.

  Benoit, Rastrelli, Rossi and scores of others—the world’s most accomplished 18th and 19th century architects—contributed their efforts to give the city its remarkably integral appearance. Travellers to St. Petersburg say they get the uncanny impression that the city’s buildings, squares, streets, bridges and quays, whether by design or by chance, mysteriously complement each other.

   Every season casts its own unique charm over St. Petersburg.  From June through August the Petersburg weather is warm and sunny. The White Nights season in late June, with endless festivals and a sun that briefly hides behind the night horizon, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every summer. That’s when tickets are in great demand for Valery Gergiev’s renowned Stars of the White Nights International Music Festival at the Mariinsky Ballet & Opera Theatre. It is also the season for tranquil boat trips along the River Neva and the city’s myriad canals.

 Visiting St. Petersburg in winter is actually no less exciting. There are troika rides through the estates of the czars, ice fishing and leisurely, uncrowded strolls through the Hermitage and Russian Museum.  The city’s internationally lauded opera, ballet and concert performances are most readily accessible to visitors in autumn and winter; absent are the long waiting lines. It is also the season for maestro Yury Temirkanov’s internationally celebrated Arts Square Winter Festival, a programme of extraordinary concerts, soloists and guest conductors.   

  St. Petersburg has served as the inspiration for generations of poets, painters and musicians. Dostoevsky, Pushkin, Pasternak, Gogol, Lermontov, Block and many others wrote about St. Petersburg, the city that inspired them. Now it’s your turn to come and be inspired, too!

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