Russia’s second-largest city, Saint Petersburg, is a wonder in itself. It brings together a fine blend of history, culture and architectural brilliance. The fact that it is an important port on the Baltic Sea adds to its allure. The city stands on the Neva River which means it is abundant in natural beauty all around. It has been given the sobriquet “Venice of the North” (like 6 other cities) thanks to its similarity to the Italian canal city. St. Petersburg is the cultural capital of Russia and for good reason. Its museums and art galleries are excellent mediums to learn about its intriguing past. Hermitage, one of the world’s largest art museums is located here. The Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments together constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (ALSO SEE 10 countries where summers are colder than winters in India) Here are some amazing photos of Saint Petersburg in Russia that show why it is a city worth visiting.

Famous church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in Saint Petersburg, Russia

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View of Winter Palace square in Saint Petersburg

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View of Saint Isaac’s square and the Monument to Nicholas I in St. Petersburg, Russia

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Another beautiful shot of Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia

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Trinity Cathedral in St. Petersburg

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The dome of St Isaac’s Cathedral in Saint Petersburg, Russia

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Opening of Palace drawbridge, White nights in Saint Petersburg with a view of Peter and Paul Cathedral through the bridge

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View of Isaac cathedral during spring time in Saint Petersburg, Russia

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Aerial view of the Savior on Spilled Blood and the channel in Saint Petersburg, Russia

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Peter-Pavel’s Fortress in St. Petersburg

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Young female tourist resting on the square in front of the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia

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Panorama of St. Petersburg with Peter-Pavel’s Fortress and Neva River

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Saint Isaac Cathedral across Moyka river in St Petersburg, Russia

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Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg

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Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, Saint Petersburg, Russia

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The popular attraction – Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia

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Enchanting shot of Saint-Petersburg in winter

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Summer Park landscape in Saint Petersburg, Russia

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St. Petersburg on a bright and sunny day

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View of St. Petersburg city from the colonnade of St. Isaac’s

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Tourists at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St Petersburg, Russia

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Beautiful, isn’t it? If you want to experience the culture of Russia, what better place than its cultural capital?!