Canal tour, St. Petersburg, Russia

It is traditional for brides to visit many of the iconic sites in the city for portraits in their wedding gowns – here along a canal, with St. Isaac’s Cathedral (on her right) out of sight from the angle of this portrait, St. Petersburg, Russia

It is traditional for brides to visit many of the iconic sites in the city for portraits in their wedding gowns – here along a canal, with St. Isaac’s Cathedral (on her right) out of sight from the angle of this portrait, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

After visiting St. Isaac’s Cathedral and The Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood and getting an orientation of the city by driving along the Neva River, we embarked on a canal boat for a tour of the main canals.

 

The architecture along the canals is completely different from Venice and Amsterdam – the neoclassical style of the early 1800s in the city gave way to various Romantic styles, St. Petersburg, Russia

The architecture along the canals is completely different from Venice and Amsterdam – the neoclassical style of the early 1800s in the city gave way to various Romantic styles, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

Having been founded only in 1703, St. Petersburg, Russia, drew heavily on European culture, style, architecture, dress, music and the arts; this 1907 building has French writing on it and precursors the Art Deco style

Having been founded only in 1703, St. Petersburg, Russia, drew heavily on European culture, style, architecture, dress, music and the arts; this 1907 building has French writing on it and precursors the Art Deco style

 

Many of the 19th century buildings along the canals in the center of the city have been restored – the area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, St. Petersburg, Russia

Many of the 19th century buildings along the canals in the center of the city have been restored – the area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

“Most cities are built beside rivers and many cities are built by the sea, but there are few cities like St. Petersburg where water is as much a part of the city’s make-up as brick or stone.  Built across the marshlands of the Neva River delta, St. Petersburg is interlaces with around a hundred tributaries and canals with a total length of 300 kilometers and over 800 bridges crossing them.  In the city centre, St. Petersburg’s famous granite embankments are home to many of the city’s grandest buildings, and boat trips along the historic rivers and canals are an essential part of any sightseeing itinerary.” – saint-petersburg.com

 

Like Venice and Amsterdam, the canals in the city center have very low clearances for boats, so only small (and low) vessels ply the waters of the canals, St. Petersburg, Russia

Like Venice and Amsterdam, the canals in the city center have very low clearances for boats, so only small (and low) vessels ply the waters of the canals, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

The city is chock full of former palaces – of all shapes, sizes, opulence and state of reconstruction, St. Petersburg, Russia

The city is chock full of former palaces – of all shapes, sizes, opulence and state of reconstruction, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

While there are several plazas (formerly for military parades and exercises) in the city, there are surprisingly few parks in the old city, St. Petersburg, Russia

While there are several plazas (formerly for military parades and exercises) in the city, there are surprisingly few parks in the old city, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

From their exteriors, it is nearly impossible at a distance from the canal boat to correctly guess what the condition inside and use of a particular building is, St. Petersburg, Russia

From their exteriors, it is nearly impossible at a distance from the canal boat to correctly guess what the condition inside and use of a particular building is, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

A beautiful, gilded metal bridge over one of many canals in the central city, St. Petersburg, Russia

A beautiful, gilded metal bridge over one of many canals in the central city, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

This former palace was taken over years ago by the Russian government, St. Petersburg, Russia

This former palace was taken over years ago by the Russian government, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

With an investment of a lot of rubles, this old palace could shine once more, St. Petersburg, Russia

With an investment of a lot of rubles, this old palace could shine once more, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

 

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