Cadogan: St. Petersburg (1999)

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Promenading has been a pastime in St. Petersburg since the 18th century, and Cadogan's city walks show you entertainingly around its waterways and chilly pastel facades. Bumping into Russia's turbulent history and characteristic obsessions at every turn, the guide explores glowing churches, impressive metro stations and monumental graveyards, leads you by the hand through labyrinthine art museums, and hunts out the best street markets, vodka shots, opera houses and jazz clubs. This guide contains intelligent, ...

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Overview

Promenading has been a pastime in St. Petersburg since the 18th century, and Cadogan's city walks show you entertainingly around its waterways and chilly pastel facades. Bumping into Russia's turbulent history and characteristic obsessions at every turn, the guide explores glowing churches, impressive metro stations and monumental graveyards, leads you by the hand through labyrinthine art museums, and hunts out the best street markets, vodka shots, opera houses and jazz clubs. This guide contains intelligent, lively insights into Rasputin and the Mafia, Faberge and Pushking. It provides discerning, informative listings: where to eat and stay, shop and play and includes practical, reliable advice for a hassle-free trip. (5 x 7, 320 pages, maps)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860119224
  • Publisher: Cadogan Guides
  • Publication date: 12/1/1999
  • Series: Cadogan City Guides Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.28 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Travel 3
Getting There 4
By Air 4
By Sea 5
By Rail 5
By Road 6
Entry Formalities 7
Package Tours or Individual Travel 8
Specialist Travel Agents 9
Getting Around 10
By Metro 10
By Bus, Trolleybus and Tram 12
By Train 12
By Road 13
Travelling to Moscow 14
Practical A-Z 15
Addresses 16
Climate and When to Go 16
Crime and the Police 17
Electricity 19
Embassies and Consulates 19
Gay Scene 19
Health and Emergencies 20
Internet 21
Libraries 21
Media 22
Money and Banks 22
Museums and Opening Hours 23
National Holidays and Festivals 23
Packing 24
Photography 25
Post Offices 25
Religious Services 25
Sports and Activities 26
Telephones 28
Time 28
Tipping 28
Toilets 29
Tourist Information and Tours 29
Women 29
History 31
Topics 55
Vodka 56
The Mafia 57
Rasputin 58
Icons and Iconostases 60
Superstitions 62
Faberge 62
Tapochki 63
St Petersburg: the Walks 65
Introduction 65
I The Founding Father 67
Bronze Horseman
Admiralty
Naval Museum
Peter and Paul Fortress
Museum of Russian Political History
Peter's Cabin
Summer Gardens and Palace
II The Imperial City 87
Palace Square and the Winter Palace
Marble Palace
Field of Mars
Mikhailovsky Castle
Church of the Saviour on the Blood
Pushkin Flat Museum
III A Clutch of Cathedrals 103
Haymarket Square
St Nicholas's Cathedral
Mariinsky Theatre
Kolomna and New Holland
Yusupov Palace
St Isaac's Square and Cathedral
Kazan Cathedral
IV On and Off the Nevsky 119
Ploshchad Iskusstv
Russian Museum
Museum of Musical Instruments
Akhmatova Museum
Ploshchad Ostrovskovo
Museum of Theatre and Musical Arts
Apraksin and Gostiny Dvor
V Tauride Palace and Smolny Region 143
Cathedral of the Transfiguration
Tauride Gardens and Palace
Kikin Chambers
Smolny Cathedral
Smolny Institute
Suvorov Museum
VI Vasilievsky Island 155
St Andrew's Cathedral
Vasiliostrovsky Market
Academy of Arts
Menshikov Palace
Twelve Colleges
Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography
Zoology Institute
VII The Hermitage 169
Practical Hints
History
Special Collection
Walk A: State Rooms, Modern European Art
Walk B: Highlights
What is Where in the Hermitage
Of Boats and Buddhists 193
Boat Rides 195
Piskarovskoye Cemetery 196
Kamenny, Yelagin and Krestovsky Islands 197
Buddhist Temple 199
Moskovsky Prospekt 199
Cruiser Aurora 201
Style Moderne 202
Museums and Galleries 203
Day Trips: Five Palaces 215
Peterhof 217
Oranienbaum 226
Tsarskoye Selo 231
Pavlovsk 240
Gatchina 249
Food and Drink 253
Where to Stay 267
Entertainment and Nightlife 273
Shopping 281
Chronology, Glossary and Street Names 289
Language, Further Reading 295
Index 307
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