The best way to get acquainted with Saint Petersburg is taking a city sightseeing tour by bus. This excursion will give you the remarkable opportunity to see the main attractions of the city: famous monuments, architectural ensembles, bridges, embankments and parks. It will be interesting both to those who have already been to Petersburg and those who come here first time. Visits to St. Isaac's Cathedral and Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood will be the highlights of the tour. The impressive size, abundance of marble of different kinds and colours, gilding dome, architectural masterpieces of the past centuries and amazing interior of St. Isaac's Cathedral makes this place popular with guests ofhe city. Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood (or Church of the Resurrection of Christ), built on the place where the Emperor-liberator Alexander II was killed inside resembles the museum of mosaics; covering 7065 sq.m. it is one of the largest collections of mosaic in Europe.
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Museum of Feodor Chaliapin was open on April 11, 1975 in his last flat in St Petersburg. On Aptekarsky island, 2–B Permskaya street (now Graftio St.), the great singer lived from 1915 to 1922, when he left this country for good. Letters and photos, show bills and programmes, personal belongings and houseware, paintings and drawings, theatre costumes and set designs of Chaliapin's performances tell about the main events of life and career of the great singer. The museum also stores collection of weapons, which Maxim Gorky presented to Chaliapin. Of particular interest are paintings of renowned artists A. Golovin, K. Korovin and A. Yakovlev depicting Chaliapin in ordinary life and on stage. Here one also can see the famous portrait by B. Kustodiev (1921).
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The permanent Musical Instruments Collection displayed at the Palace has three thousand exhibits. Here one can hear the Russian bells, replicas of antique musical instruments, copied in the 19th century from authentic pieces, which had been discovered during the excavations of Ancient Etruria. The fancy shapes of the baroque instruments of the 17–18th centuries - the old harps, viols, harpsichords- go extremely well with the style of the Palace, the delicate design of the iron railings, the stucco moulding of the interiors.
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The Hermitage is the largest in Russia and one of the world's largest art and cultural historical museums. Its collection includes about three million works of art and monuments of the world culture, from the stone age to present days. If you dedicate to each exhibited item of the Hermitage at least a minute, you will need about 7-8 years to see all of them and you will have to walk about 22 miles to view the entire collection of the Museum!
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One of the most beautiful palaces in Europe- Catherine Palace- is located in Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo). This country residence of Russian emperors was built and rebuilt over two centuries by outstanding architects as Rastrelli, Cameron, Stasov. There are thirty-five halls of the Palace opened to visitors today, including the famous Amber room. The Amber room attracts tourists not only because of its mysterious history,- here the amazing power of amber is combined with striking artistic beauty of the decorative items created from this solar stone.
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Yusupov Palace is one of the few aristocratic mansions of St. Petersburg, a former residence of the noble family which is considered to be the standard aristocratic interior. The Palace is known all over the world as a place of mysterious murder of Grigory Rasputin. The charm of the atmosphere of the lush balls, theatrical performances with the participation of Fyodor Shalyapin, Mathilde Kschessinska and other brilliant performers of the past, the magnificent library of the owners of the Yusupov Palace and beautiful faces in the portraits will not leave its visitors indifferent.
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