A truly European-inspired city, most buildings are baroque in style. I lost count of the number of churches with their iconic onion domes; the most famous being the colorful Church of the Spilled Blood, which is just as spectacular inside as out. You’ll find the incredible attention to detail is something most churches have in common here, so do try to visit as many as possible. A trip to the Hermitage is also must, both from a historical and cultural standpoint.
St Petersburg is called ‘The Venice of the North’ because of the canals surrounding the city, but what I didn’t realize is that the light is beautifully captured here as well. What struck me the most was the gorgeous views along the waterfronts at dusk. With the setting sun melting into the background and reflecting off the canals and those monumental buildings cast in shadow, it is quite magnificent!
Contributor: Denise Foley