While many of St. Petersburg's palaces suffered cruelly during the October Revolution and the Siege of Leningrad, recent years have seen a massive effort to restore them to their former glories, and many are now open to the public, either simply as stately homes or as museums of art and history, or at least as venues for occasional concerts and other events.
The Yusupov Palace
The Yusupov Palace is a unique architectural ensemble of styles from the eighteenth to twentieth century, a historical and cultural monument rightfully acclaimed as an "encyclopedia" of St. Petersburg aristocratic interiors.
Today the Yusupov Palace is one of the few aristocratic mansions in which not only ceremonial suites, art galleries, and a miniature private theatre, but also the luxurious private rooms of the Yusupov family, still preserve all the warmth and charm of its former owners. The astonishingly beautiful interiors, restored with the work and talent of St. Petersburg's restoration artists, welcome both Russian and foreign lovers of history, art, music and theatre.
One of the largest and the most important artistic, cultural and historical museums шт Russia and in the world. Современный Государственный Эрмитаж представляет собой сложный музейный комплекс. The main part of the exposition occupies a large complex of five historic buildings in the center of St. Petersburg along Palace Embankment, including the Winter Palace, main of which is considered to be the Winter Palace.
Today the museum's collection numbers about three million works of art and monuments of world culture, from the Stone Age to the present century.
St. Isaac’s Cathedral
St. Isaac's Cathedral is a unique monument of architecture, an outstanding example of Russian religious art and one of the finest cathedrals in Europe. This impression of grandeur, wealth and monumentality created by it was quite consistent with the main purpose of the main cathedral of the Russian Empire’s capital in the XIX century. Sculptures, paintings, polished stone, gilding, mosaics and stained glass windows are applied in its decoration.
The church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
Church of the Resurrection (Savior on Spilled Blood) was built as a nationwide historicalmemorial complex. The Cathedral memorialized the Emperor Alexander II, his reformist course of changes and expressed repentance of the Russian people.
Savior on Spilled Blood is a historical monument to the tragic events of March 1, 1881.
The State Russian Museum, the country's first state museum of Russian fine art, founded in 1895 in St. Petersburg by the decree of Emperor Nicholas II, is the largest museum of Russian art in the world.
Currently, the collection of the Russian Museum has more than 400,000 exhibits and covers all historical periods and aspects of the development of Russian art, all its main forms and genres, trends and schools, for more than 1,000 years: from the 10th to 21st century.