Travelog / Optional Experiences

FROM The man in the front seat / June 14, 2019

Catherine Palace, Pushkin

Located in 30km south of St. Petersburg in the village of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo), Catherine I, wife of Peter the Great, decided to build a small summer home as a rural retreat. Over the next 200 years Russian Tsars and their families would use the palace as a summer home, each adding something to eventually build one of the finest palaces in Europe. History In 1717, Catherine I hired a German architect Johann-Friedrich Braunstein to design a palace to escape the city of St. Petersburg, the newly formed capital of […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / April 20, 2018

Peter and Paul Fortress

The Peter & Paul Fortress, is the original citadel of St. Petersburg, Russia. It was founded in 1703, by Peter the Great and is the oldest building in the city. History The building was founded in 1703, on the small Hare Island by the north bank of the Neva River. The origins of the building, stems from a war Peter was fighting with Sweden. He wanted to protect his capital from a feared Swedish counter attack. The building however was never needed, Peter defeated the Swedes before the structure could […]

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