Are you sure that this isn’t a museum?
THE remains of the Tsar’s family rest close by the sarcophagi of Peter and Catherine the Great in the gold-encrusted cathedral. They were unceremoniously executed in the summer of 1918, but the legends of the Tsar’s youngest daughter Anastasia escaping has finally been put to rest and those who have claimed her identity found to be imposters. My daughter prefers to believe the story that she was introduced to by the Don Bluth cartoon Anastasia and that works for me too.
We can’t leave this bejewelled city without seeing St Isaac’s Cathedral.
Offering breathtaking 360 degree views of St Petersburg and its cornucopia of architectural delights, we are completely in awe. It’s easy to see why the revolution started with so much opulence in close proximity − it must have been difficult for those watching on in hardship at the Tsarist Autocracy.
But it’s wonderful to see that the regard and respect for beauty has remained, and it’s there to be savoured and enjoyed by all.
A tourist visa is needed before entering Russia, so booking with a travel agent helps take the pain out of the process and they can advise on application and provide a letter of invitation. For more information on visiting St Petersburg see www.visit-petersburg.ru ÷Visit www.thenoveltraveller.com and www.michellejackson.ie.
Stunning: Avtovo station, main image, and