We’re just back from a wonderful week exploring two of Russia’s most impressive cities. We visited many churches and palaces, and ate some delicious food! Have scroll through the photos below to see what we got up to in St Petersburg and Moscow!
The stunning St. Isaac’s Cathedral dominates St Petersburg’s skyline – and there are amazing panoramic views of the city from the top, if you can manage the 211 steps to get up there!
One of the many churches in St. Petersburg… there are A LOT.
Views of the Church on Spilled Blood from Nevsky Prospect, the main street in the city.
Beautiful mosaic tiled walls inside the Church on Spilled Blood. The church was badly damaged during the Second World War and it took 27 years to restore it to all it’s glory! The inside is covered entirely with mosaics, well worth a visit!
Even though it was cold, we braved a boat trip down the canals. Luckily they provided blankets so we could sit out on the deck and enjoy the views!
Grey skies were a theme of the trip, but the colourful buildings along the River Neva managed to brighten up our day.
On our second day, we travelled out of the city and visited Catherine Palace, named after the wife of Peter the Great.
The palace church features the signature gold domes that we saw on so many Russian churches.
The inside of Catherine Palace is just as glorious as the outside; endless rooms, intricately decorated with yet more gold.
Despite the grey skies, the autumnal weather had begun to turn the leaves of the trees at Catherine Palace into all kinds of oranges and yellows.
On our final day in St. Petersburg we visited the stunning Winter Palace and Hermitage Museum. Arguably the city’s number one tourist attraction, and with good reason.
Even just walking into this great palace, where the Romanov’s had danced and entertained, felt like stepping into a fairy-tale.
The artwork in the rooms is unbelievable, the rooms themselves are unbelievable. This was definitely the highlight of St. Petersburg. This particular photo is of one of the incredible ceilings – THIS IS A CEILING. Amazing.
There are so many different rooms in the Hermitage, you could honestly spend a whole week in there.
But on we must go to Moscow. So here is one last snap of St. Petersburg, taken from the top of St. Isaac’s Cathedral – well worth the climb!
The first thing we did in Moscow? Learnt how to navigate around the city’s stunning metro system. It certainly beats getting the tube!
The Moscow Metro is one of the better examples of Soviet era architecture! It’s simply stunning, and each station uniquely decorated, either with mosaics, stained glass, paintings amongst other things.
Seriously, every station. Beautiful.
Back overground and a rare sight in Russia – blue skies! They didn’t last long, but it was nice to know they do exist here.
And at least we got to take a few photos with Russia’s most famous landmark; St. Basil’s Cathedral.
We spent a couple of hours checking out the famous Red Square, before heading off to see what the rest of Moscow had in store for us.
We stopped at the stunning Bolshoi Theatre, where a couple of members of our group later went to watch the Russian ballet! (Recommend booking in advance for this as tickets get sold out!)
We visited this beauty, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, which was absolutely stunning inside – just like all the other churches we’d been in on the trip!
If you’re looking to splash out on dinner with a view, White Rabbit Moscow has got you completely covered! We booked a few weeks in advance and it did not disappoint.
Great food, amazing panoramic views, lovely atmosphere and top notch service – the perfect place to spend your last night in Russia.