Russia's cultural capital

If Moscow is Russia's political, economical and spiritual centre, then St. Petersburg can count itself as Russia's cultural capital. A city of palaces, waterways and boulevards - scenic and yet with enormous energy - St. Petersburg is the perfect place for the arts to flourish. Whether you restrict yourself to admiring the architecture of the UNESCO-listed city centre, or go further and snap up tickets for the world famous Mariinsky Opera and Ballet or the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, culture vultures amongst you will find plenty to scavenge on. And it's not just the classic forms that are thriving. Lovers of contemporary culture can rejoice too; every other person is an artist in St. Petersburg and many of Russia's most popular bands, such as Aquarium, Dva Samoleta and Tequilajazz, hail from here.

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Top rated culture in St Petersburg

State Hermitage Museum

World famous museum

Museum     City Centre

Peterhof

Fountains of spoof

Palace     Further Afield

Mariinsky Theatre

The perfect pirouette

Opera & Ballet     City Centre

Church on the Spilled Blood

Explosive grounds for a cathedral

Church     City Centre

Pushkinskaya-10 Art Centre

St. Pete's headquarters for contemporary art

Art Centre     City Centre

Peter and Paul Fortress

Swede repellent turned jail

Fortress     Zayachiy Island

Nabokov Museum

Visit the house of a genius

Museum     City Centre

Erarta Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art

Russian modern art hub

Museum     Vasilievsky Island
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