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TOURS TO THE CITIES OF RUSSIA
TRIP TO ST. PETERSBURG
WELCOME TO ST. PETERSBURG
If much of Russia recalls its Eastern rather than Western roots, St Petersburg is where you'll feel Russia's
European influences and aspirations. The city was founded under grueling conditions by Peter the Great as his 'window on the West' at the only point where traditional Russian territory meets a seaway
to northern Europe. Built with 18th and 19th century European pomp and orderliness, mainly by European architects, the result is a city that remains one of Europe's most beautiful.
The vistas of elegant buildings across the wide Neva River and along the canals and avenues recall Paris, Amsterdam, Venice and Berlin.
The jolly onion domes of Moscow seem almost passé here, where a more Western outlook was taken at every stage of planning and construction. Even the city's colors - the green and gold of the
Winter Palace, the red beside the Anichkov most (bridge), the blue of Smolny Cathedral -reflect a closer stylistic allegiance to the courts of Europe than to the Kremlin. The buildings' playful
baroque facades exude the riotous opulence of tsarist Russia.