St. Petersburg Photo Gallery

St. Issac's Cathedral dominates the city's skyline. It survived Nazi bombing during World War II and the imposing structure can accomodate up to 14,000 people. Too bad I didn't have time to visit the balcony.

Next to the church is Senate Square, where the Senate moved here in 1763. It has been renamed Decembrists' Square to commemorate the 1825 uprising.

Made of granite from the Gulf of Finland, the Bronze Horman is a memorial to Peter the Great from Catherine the Second. Peter the Great conceived St. Petersburg to be Russia's "window looking into Europe" in the 18th century.

Numerous waterways criss-cross once-swampy St. Petersburg.

A huge square fronts the Winter Palace, which looks just like a major town square in a Western European city. St. Petersburg was designed to not look Russian.

I had much anticipation to explore the State Hermitage Museum. The crowds were already making their way inside but it wasn't too crazy. The Hermitage was once Catherine the Great's palace, and today this massive series of buildings house some 400 exhibition galleries.

The Peacock Clock continues to tick today. London goldsmith James Cox made this clock, which arrived in St. Petersburg in 1781.

Rembrandt's The Return of the Prodigal Son depicts a Bible story. Plenty of visitors were trying to admire this great tragedy on canvas. It was an even greater tragedy to try to squeeze in for a closer look.

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