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8 Awesome Locations to Visit in St Petersburg

8 Awesome Locations to Visit in St Petersburg

If you’ve visited Russia, it’s likely you visited St. Petersburg. This city is no doubt one of the best places to visit in Russia for a wonderful experience. However, you aren’t guaranteed anything if your visit isn’t carefully planned out. There are beautiful and exciting locations to behold in St. Petersburg and a carefully planned tour and location guide will ensure you see them. You haven’t got the most from your experience if you haven’t visited these hot spots.

1. The Hermitage

A day wasn’t enough for me to see The Hermitage and it certainly won’t be enough for anyone who really wants to explore. This broad collection of the world’s most beautiful art galleries, especially by greats like Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt and Picasso makes The Hermitage an unforgettable place to visit. Studies revealed it would take approximately 11 years to study all the exhibitions in entirety.

I enjoyed the view of the Imperial states room and the apartments, the Raphael Loggias gallery duplicate of the Vatican Museum. Also, you can find the War Gallery of 1812 here with all the portrait collections of Russian Military Leaders who defended Russia and defeated Napoleon in the 1812 patriotic war. Another wonderful place to visit in The Hermitage is the Treasure Gallery Room with the Gold and Diamond collection of the 2nd-century origin.

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2. Church on Spilled Blood

Following the assassination of Tsar Alexander II in 1881, Church on Spilled Blood was constructed and still stands in the very spot of his assassination. The exuberant onion domes and Gaudy Mosaics make this magnificent building an extraordinary site. This building served its highest value during World War II where it was used to store Potatoes by the soviets while on siege by Nazi forces. In 1997, the church was finally reopened for public use. If you’ve visited St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, you will likely recognize the architecture this church is built with. I no doubt believe it’s one of the most exciting places to behold in the entire city.

3. Peter and Paul Fortress

As one of the first buildings ever constructed in the whole city, it holds much history. This fortress features the Baroque Peter and Paul Cathedral which by historical revelation was the final relaxation point of all Russia’s ancient leaders. One of the great exhibits of this fortress is the controversial and odd Statue of Peter the great and cells where the ancient revolutionaries were held. Also, make the most of your time and visit the beach.

While at the fortress, make sure to see Trubetskoy Bastion Prison where political prisoners like Maxim Gorky, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and Leon Trotsky were held in 1917. Taking a short stroll at the top of the fortress walls, you will have the most wonderful view of the Neva River.  You also have the opportunity to see the highest tower in the city, Bell Tower, and the cathedral which has served as the burial home of most of the Russians Tsars since Peter the Great.

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4. St Isaac’s Cathedral

The gilded viewing locations of St Isaac’s Cathedral make it one of the most famous landmarks in the city of St Petersburg. From this location, you have the most exciting views of the city. The beautiful statue of the apostles stands tall on the Cathedrals’ top and all of its doors ornately crafted in biblical scenes. Formally used as a museum of atheism in the soviet times, it retains it’s museum function even today and features various 19th-century art.

St Isaac’s Cathedral remains one of the tallest Orthodox churches in the whole world measuring over 300feet with Gold-Plated dome. You’ll sure be amazed by the magnificence of the building and the wonderfully decorated interior. The bronze entrance doors, the iconostasis flanked by Malachite and Lazulite columns, the colorful frescoes, the gold trim, the gold lettering and statues are sure to entrance you.

5. Peterhof

Peterhof (Petergof) is home to elegant palaces, fountains, and gardens. In front of the Hermitage, you can get a ferry leaving for Peterhof from the Jetty with just a 30-minute trip. If you prefer to bus, you can get one from Avtovo Metro Station to Peterhof with approximately a 45-minute trip.

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Take one of the popular day trips to the Imperial Estate from the central city. If you’ve visited the grand palace, you can’t miss a visit to the Grand Cascade. The Grand Cascade features over 140 fountains and Canals.

6. Nevsky Prospekt

Nevsky Prospekt is the center of St. Petersburg cultural and social life, with countless cafes, bars, and restaurants.

Also, the center of St Petersburg (Nevsky Prospekt) is Russia’s most famous boulevard extending about 4 Kilometers from Alexander Nevsky Monastery and leading directly to the Admiralty near the Neva River which buzzes with life all the time. If you haven’t visited, then there isn’t a lot you can say about St Peterburg yet. The best Bookstore in the city “Dom Knigi” is located in here. A short walk through what used to be the best boulevard in all of Europe will help you see the beauty and life in this great city.

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7. Tsarskoe Selo

Taking an electric train from Vitebsk Station will land you in Detskoe Selo and a bus should cover the rest of the trip to Tsarskoe Selo. If you have been to St Petersburg and haven’t visited Tsarskoe Selo, you have to visit again. The most magnificent estates in the whole country of Russia are located here,  featuring the Amber Room, and that makes it a must-see destination. The glory of this location was lost for many years after the loot by Nazi Soldiers and has now been restored.

8. Russian Museum

If you ever desired to see Russia’s most beautiful homemade masterpieces, the Russian Museum is a great place to visit. The Russian Museum stands apart from the State Hermitage with its own appeal. You hardly can find any art here apart from Russian homemade masterpieces. Including the best religious icons and wonderful works by Kandinsky.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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