St Petersburg - Historic Heart (PDF Chapter)

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This is the Historic Heart chapter from Lonely Planet's St Petersburg guidebook.

This is a fast-paced, crowded part of the city, and where the most famous sights are located. A majority of the city's best hotels and restaurants can also be found here. Whether you stay here or not, it's where you'll spend much of your time

  • surveying a millennium of global art and culture in the Hermitage and be dazzled by the gilded apartments of the Romanovs.
  • maps
  • gawping at the jewelbox-bright exterior of the Church on the Spilled Blood, then being awestruck by the epic mosaics inside.
  • transport
  • climbing the 262 steps to the golden dome of the monumental St Isaac’s Cathedral for breathtaking views.
  • restaurants & bars

Coverage includes: Neighbourhood Top Five, Local Life, Getting There & Away, Sights, Eating, Drinking & Nightlife, Entertainment, Activities and Shopping.

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