This resort-town is situated in one of the most picturesque places on the North coast of the Gulf of Finland. It gets its ... More
This resort-town is situated in one of the most picturesque places on the North coast of the Gulf of Finland. It gets its name from the Sestra (Sister), a river running nearby. Peter the Great established the town together with its armoury in 1714. The country-side palace and its beautiful garden were designed by Peter's decree. Legend has it that Peter himself planted the first oaks. The palace was destroyed in 1781, but the park 'Dubki' (Little Oaks) is still a favorite spot for those seeking rest or quiet perambulation.
Many churches were closed or torn down during the time of Communism, but not the 18th century St. Nicholas Cathedral.
It was one of 15 churches which remained open and working. The ice blue and white cathedral was well ...
This is the first stone building in St. Petersburg. The exterior is nothing special, but the interior is different from
any of the other palaces in the city. The former home of Russia's first Prime Minister, Alexander Menshikov, the ...
This is a metal three part bridge 334.3 meters long and 23.5 meters wide which crosses the river not far
from the Smol'nyi Institut. It was built in 1911 under engineer G.G. Krivoshein and architect I.P. Anyshkov. It was ...