St. Petersburg is a stunning city with a rich history. We advise you to book a hotel online near the center and explore the cultural capital, strolling slowly along the beautiful streets of the city. In the center of St. Petersburg, hundreds of historical buildings, churches, monuments, avenues, streets and other places to visit. The historical center of St. Petersburg was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1990. Here are some iconic places in the city center that are definitely worth a visit:
Nevsky Prospekt appeared in 1710, when two straight streets were built: one went from the Admiralty, and the other began at the Alexander Nevsky Lavra. They met at the current Uprising Square. There began the road to Veliky Novgorod (now Ligovsky Prospekt). Only in 1776 the street was named Nevsky Prospekt. After the revolution of 1917, the street was renamed and it became 25 October Avenue. The historical name of the street was returned only in 1944. Today this street is very popular with residents of St. Petersburg and its guests. Along this alley, 4.7 kilometers long, you can observe various architectural ensembles belonging to different historical periods.
Field of Mars
At the beginning of the 18th century, the territory of the present Champ de Mars was just a small patch of wetland. In 1711-1721 the swamp was drained with the help of two artificial canals. This place was called Big Meadow. During the time of Empress Elizabeth Petrovna, a garden with alleys and trees, the so-called "Promenade", was laid out on the field. In 1805, the park received a new name - Champ de Mars. It became the main square for military parades. Currently, there is the tomb of the Unknown Soldier with the Eternal Flame, as well as a memorial dedicated to the victims of the 1917 revolution.
Just a short walk from the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is Palace Square. Walk along Nevsky Prospekt and turn onto Bolshaya Morskaya Street. She will guide you through the impressive arches in the General Staff building. Directly opposite you will see the Winter Palace.
This is an important place in the history of St. Petersburg. Catherine the Great was the first person to live in the palace. The Hermitage was the first building captured by the Bolsheviks at the beginning of the October Revolution.
Savior on Spilled Blood
The church was built by Tsar Alexander III on the spot where his father was killed during the bombardment. He wanted the building to be in the Baroque and Neoclassical styles. The church is inspired by medieval Russian style.
If you have not had time to visit these famous sights, we advise you to organize a trip to St. Petersburg as soon as possible, book a cheap Theater Square Hotel and enjoy the historical heritage.