Are you sure that this isn’t a mu­seum?

Irish Daily Mail - - Travel -

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-peters­ ÷Visit www.then­ov­el­trav­ and www.michelle­jack­

Stun­ning: Av­tovo sta­tion, main im­age, and

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