Evening Walk - "White Nights" & "Spilled Blood"
Sitting on the 60th parallel of latitude, St. Petersburg is almost as far north as Anchorage, Alaska. During the long summer "White Nights" the city is alive as never at any other time during the year. The Nevsky Prospect, the main avenue, throngs with young and old in their summer best. Your guide will show you how St. Petersburgers live out their summer nights. You will also take a short ride on the metro (subway) system and a quiet evening visit to the remarkable Church on the Spilled Blood. After dinner, you depart from the yacht by coach for Vladimirskaya Metro station. The metro stations are decorated in different styles, some very ornate. The long escalators take you deep down into the marble-lined Vladimirskaya station, with its immense chandeliers and Soviet stars. You take the Metro via Vosstaniya metro station to Nevsky Prospekt and get off at Griboedov Canal station. Here you walk along the canal to the Church on the Spilled Blood for a quiet evening visit. The Church on the Spilled Blood is a fine example of neo-Russian architecture, resembling Russian churches of the 16th and 17th centuries. It is famous not only for its decorative onion domes, but also for its breathtaking interior of enamels and mosaics. Inside, colorful mosaics cover an area of around 7000 square meters of intricate design, thought to be the largest indoor mosaic in the world. The church was constructed in 1883, on the exact spot where the great Tsar-Liberator, Alexander II, was assassinated by revolutionaries in 1881. And so, it was from the spilled blood of Alexander II that the church got its name. After the 1917 revolution the church was turned into storage for theatrical props and only in August of 1997, after 25 years of restoration, was the Church on the Spilled Blood again opened to the public in all its original, extraordinary beauty. You walk back to Nevsky Prospekt along quiet side lanes, peeking into courtyards of old apartment buildings and discovering the charm of the old back streets of St. Petersburg. For a grandstand view of the evening passing parade along the Nevsky Prospekt, you stop for coffee at the "Coffee Company", located in the House of Books This Art Nouveau treasure is just another building along Nevsky, but worth noting are its glass dome and mystical mosaics. It once belonged to the Singer sewing machine company, whose name is still engraved on the facade, between the second and third floors. For decades it was Dom Knigi, or House of Books, Leningrad's main bookstore. After renovation, it now houses the bookstore on the first floor and an upscale shopping mall on the higher levels. You will have time for browsing in House of Books or other stores. Your bus will be parked alongside the Kazan Cathedral, just across Nevsky Prospekt, where we will meet for return transfer to the yacht.
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Port: St. Petersburg
Duration: 3.5 hours
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