St. Petersburg’s River Canals Tour
Cruise past some of St. Petersburg’s most iconic buildings, under beautiful bridges, historical places and some of the city’s most fashionable addresses; and marvel at the magnificent beauty of the Spilled Blood Cathedral during your visit.
186 miles of canals and rivers contribute to the city’s unique atmosphere, creating a glittering mirror in which the golden domes and fairytale palaces of St. Petersburg are reflected. A cruise along the Moika and the Fontanka Rivers is another chance to appreciate the history and splendid architecture of this amazing city.
Following your canal cruise, you will visit one of the most beautiful churches in St. Petersburg – the Church on Spilled Blood, a marvelous Old Russian-style church built on the spot where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated on March 1, 1881, designed in the spirit of the sixteenth and seventeenth century Russian architecture, inspired particularly by the St. Basil Cathedral in Moscow’s Red Square.
The construction of the church was almost entirely funded by the Imperial family and thousands of private donors and it stands out for its complicated and picturesque outline, as well as its rich and multicoloured decor. Both the interior and exterior of the church are decorated with an incredibly detailed and mind-boggling, 75,000 square feet of mosaics which were designed and created in Frolovs’ workshop to the originals done by the most prominent Russian artists of the day: Vasnetsov, Nesterov, Ryabushkin and Vrubel. These mosaics are far from being ordinary; their surfaces were left unpolished, so that they reflect sunlight, which impresses visitors to present day.
Inside the Cathedral the very spot of the assassination is marked with a marble Shatrovy Cen, a monument to Alexander.
2 hours 30 minutes
– Private transportation
– Boat ride
– Guiding Services