Catherine's Palace at Tsarskoe Selo
The enormous tiled stoves appear in nearly every room.
The Winter Palace and The Hermitage
Church of Our Savior on Blood, built on the site where Tsar Alexander I was assassinated.
The interior is entirely decorated with mosaics.
Peterhof Palace (sadly no interior photography permitted.)
The fountains were designed to rival Versailles.
The Gulf of Finland
St. Issac's Cathedral, the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in the city.
Malachite and lapis lazuli were used extensively in the interior.
The exterior of the dome of St. Issac's is plated with pure gold; during WWII it was painted over in grey to avoid attracting attention from enemy planes. Do you see the dove suspended in the center?
I have wanted to visit St. Petersburg since reading Robert Massie's biography of Catherine the Great (an excellent book) a few years ago and am very grateful for the opportunity to have made this once-in-a-lifetime trip to be sure.