There's no denying that Russia travel can be overwhelming. In a country so big, it can be difficult to decide exactly where to go and what to see. While paring down your itinerary can be tough, you should make a point to visit St. Petersburg. One of the most beautiful cities in the world, the former Russian capital has plenty to offer, and according to CNN Travel there are a few destinations in particular you should check out.
St. Isaac's Cathedral
Completed in 1858, this enormous structure is hard to miss, and can be seen as far away from the Gulf of Finland. Much of its iconic appearance is thanks to its stunning dome, which is made of more than 100 kilograms of pure gold, CNN notes. Of course, its interior is impressive as well. Once inside, you'll be presented with a breathtaking display of intricate artwork, sculptures and some of the most exquisite architecture in the city.
Church on Spilled Blood
Russian architecture is famous largely for its brightly colored onion domes, and the Church on Spilled Blood is the perfect example of this unique design. Built between 1883 and 1907, this building is among the most recognizable landmarks in St. Petersburg. Aside from its numerous domes, the exterior artwork is truly a sight to behold, while walking through the interior offers visitors the chance to see a wide variety of impressive mosaics.
St. Petersburg certainly has a large number of architectural highlights, but it has much more to offer than that. Case in point: Palace Square. Stepping foot in the square, you'll get the full sense of the city's rich history, and there is plenty to explore. Many people choose to rise through the square on horse and carriage, and after you've done that, you should also try to visit the State Hermitage Museum, which is located close by.
The museum, which is home to one of the largest collections of artifacts in the world, contains artwork spanning thousands of years. Open to the public since 1852, the museum also offers a rich sense of history in its own right, and walking through its halls is like taking a step back in time.