A city of palaces and museums, broad avenues and winding canals, St Petersburg's short history has endowed the city with a wealth of architectural and artistic treasures. Alongside world-famous attractions such as the Hermitage, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Mariinsky Theatre, the city has scores of lesser known but equally fascinating sights that reveal the pomp and extravagance of St. Petersburg's political and Imperial past, and also belies the mysterious, tragic genius that has touched so many of the city's great artists and writers. Still considered Russia's cultural capital, St Petersburg reflects the country's extraordinary fate like no other city, and its uniquely rich atmosphere exerts a powerful grip on even the most jaded traveller.
One of the most popular attractions is the world-famous Winter Palace. The official residence of the Russian monarchs and an iconic symbol of the Russian Revolution is now a museum. While the Peter and Paul Fortress - another landmark - reminds visitors about the city's foundation in 1703 acting as a defence fortress from the Swedish hordes.
Another must-see is the beautiful 19th century St Isaac’s Cathedral, with its gold dome and sumptuous marble interior. If you have an appreciation of truly awe-inspiring view, look no further than the Alexander Nevsky bridge. At more than 905 meters, it is certainly the longest in St Petersburg. And that is an impressive feat seeing as the city boasts 539 bridges in all, more than Venice, Stockholm or Amsterdam.
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