St Petersburg is the jewel in Russia’s crown, a city of canals that is reminiscent in many ways of Venice. The tsars ruled their empire here for centuries until the revolution in 1917 – putting the city high up on the lists of history buffs everywhere. Watch this gorgeous time-lapse from the city of the tsars!
Sights to see in St Petersburg include the Winter Palace – former home of the tsars, and now the home of the Hermitage collection; one of the world’s largest and most impressive art collections. Then there’s St. Peter and Paul Fortress, with its extraordinary baroque interior. Up until the revolution, this was a political prison; home for a while to Trotsky himself. Then there’s St Isaac’s cathedral – one of the world’s largest – and the famous Church on Spilled Blood, built on the spot where Tsar Alexander II was murdered in 1881. And don’t miss Catherine Palace, and the Summer Gardens at Peterhof, overlooking the Gulf of Finland. There’s a load to see and do – just as well this video is a time-lapse after all!