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Elbrus Expedition: Mallory & Team Enjoy St. Petersburg Tour

We enjoyed a leisurely day in St. Petersburg on our last day in Russia. From our hotel we walked the several hundred yards to St. Isaac’s Cathedral, climbing the 211 steps to the Colonnade that offers sweeping views of the city below. Built in the early 1700s, Peter the Great designed St. Petersburg after European cities and the city is often referred to as the “Venice of the North”. Dozens of canals wind through the city, connecting to the Neva River running through the heart of St. Petersburg. From the Colonnade we could see over the rooftops of the city’s early fortress, it’s palaces and government buildings, and its beautifully restored churches.

Descending from the Colonnade we made our way to the Church of our Savior on Spilled Blood, an ornately decorated Church built over the stones where Tsar Alexander II was stabbed. Although built on a gloomy premise, the church’s interior is incredible, with intricate, colorful mosaics covering the multistory interior. Lastly, we visited the Hermitage Museum, Russia’s largest museum and home to over 4 million pieces of art. While the artwork matches any museum in the world, the building alone, built by Catherine the Great, is worth the visit in itself. Stretching out along the banks of the Neva, each room and hall is decorated in it’s unique style.

After dinner (an excellent seafood restaurant) we climbed on board a boat and toured St. Petersburg’s canals, winding through the buildings, under the roads and bridges, and along the Neva. Many of us leave early in the morning for flights home. It’s been a great trip through Russia to Europe’s highest peak, and we are looking forward to sharing the stories and photos with all of you at home.

RMI Guide Linden Mallory


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