St Petersburg - Smolny & Vosstaniya (PDF Chapter)
This is the Smolny & Vosstaniya chapter from Lonely Planet’s St Petersburg guidebook.
This area contains the closest thing St Petersburg has to a creative hub, as well as its political and diplomatic heart. You could easily spend a few days taking in the major sights of this vast district and still only scratch the surface.
- explore the beating heart of Orthodox St Petersburg in the Alexander Nevsky Monastery – the final resting place of many of Russia’s greatest artists
- learn about the incredible suffering and unyielding resourcefulness of citizens during the longest siege in modern history at the Museum of the Defence & Blockade of Lenin-grad
- take in the spectacular powder-blue and white exterior of Rastrelli’s baroque masterpiece, Smolny Cathedral
- restaurants & bars
Coverage includes: Sights, Eating, Drinking & Nightlife, Entertainment, Shopping, Sports & Activities.
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