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Known as the "Venice of the North", St. Petersburg is situated on the shores of the Baltic Sea. The Neva river passes through the city on its way to the sea. On the orders of Tsar Peter the Great, the city replaced Moscow as the new capital of the House of Romanov until 1918. With the Russian royal family acting as strong advocates of western European culture, St. Petersburg is full of beautiful European-style buildings. The whole city exudes an elegant romantic atmosphere. The essence of the landscape of St. Petersburg is held in the many exquisite royal palaces and art galleries.
St. Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum, or Winter Palace, stands among the Louvre in Paris, The British Museum in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as one of the four largest art museums in the world. It was established when Empress Catherine the Great received a massive art collection in 1764, housing paintings, sculptures and other forms of art from various European countries. There are four major attractions not to be missed among the vast collection, including the Ancient Egyptian Art exhibit (Showroom 100), Peacock Clock (Showroom 204), Da Vinci’s “Madonna Litta” (Showroom 214) and Rembrandt’s “The Return of the Prodigal Son” (Showroom 254).
The splendid summer palace is located in the quiet forest on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland. It was ordered and personally supervised by Peter the Great in 1714 and is therefore known as Peter's Palace. Because of its luxurious and magnificent architectural style, the Summer Palace is also known as the “Russian Palace of Versailles”. The Summer Palace is an early building in St. Petersburg. Many large-scale dances, celebrations and other events were held here in the early 18th century. Peter the Great will come here every summer before his death.
The Church of the Savior on the Griboytow Canal, adjacent to the Mikhailovsky Garden and the Russian Museum, is a rare Russian building in St. Petersburg. In 1811, Tsar Alexander II was killed by the "people's will" members due to the failure of the revolution. From 1883 to 1907, the Cathedral of the Descent was built in the place where the Tsar was killed, hence the name. The design of the Cathedral of the Drips draws on the style of the Cathedral of the Assumption of St. Vasily. The colorful “onion head” top building is very eye-catching and magnificent.