St. Petersburg: Poetry, Riches and Romance
Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, St. Petersburg is a city of poetry, riches and romance. Home to elaborate palaces, built for Russia’s imperial rulers, the historic city center is preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Russia’s revolutionary upheavals at the start of the 20th century were sparked in this haven for artists and literati as well. The city’s most remarkable fixture, The Hermitage Museum, is home to one of the largest and most impressive art collections in the world, occupying several buildings on the Palace Embankment beside the Neva River.