Beautiful St. Petersburg
Trip Start May 03, 2012
9Trip End May 14, 2012
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We’re lucky today that the sun is shining and it’s about 55 degrees. It’s also a national holiday so the traffic is just a fraction of what it usually is on a weekday. Our guide, Svetlana, couldn’t believe that the city was so quiet. St. Petersburg is really impressive. The waterways are lined with palaces and ornate buildings. People are walking their dogs and enjoying the sun and others are picnicking in the parks. We’re surprised at how clean and bright the city is.
Our first stop is the residence of the Yusupov family
We enjoy a nice lunch on a docked riverboat and afterward visit the Cathedral of the Spilled Blood. This church is by far the most impressive building in the city. It was built in 1907 as a memorial to the slain Alexander the Second. It was built right on the sight of his death and the stones that he fell on (and bled on) were dug up and put on the floor of the church. The church is Russian Orthodox and all the portraits on the inside are made of mosaic. Not one picture is painted. It’s hard to believe that all of that was done by hand over a 15-year period. This church was hit with bullets and bombs during WWII and restoration took more than 40 years. Luckily more than 90 percent of the mosaics in the church are the originals.