Formerly Petrograd and Leningrad, St. Petersburg has been restored to the splendor it knew before the dark period of the Soviet Union. This great city is now a popular destination for visitors on vacation or people who have only a weekend. St. Petersburg was founded by Peter the Great in 1703 to be the showpiece of his empire, and is a grand blend of East and West. Visitors staying in St. Petersburg hotels have plenty to see. A must-see is Vasilievsky Island, which has many of the city’s greatest historic sites. Also see the Hermitage, one of the most magnificent art galleries in the world. You will also want to see the State Museum of Russian Art, and the treasure-laden Catherine Palace. A very interesting site is the Pushkin Apartment Museum, where the famous Russian poet died. And of course there is the Winter Palace, once the home of the stars.
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