luxurious heritage of history
The swampy territory of the Leningrad region with thousands of lakes was sparsely populated before the founding of St. Petersburg. With the advent of royal power, luxurious palaces began to be built on its land. But along with them, the ancient cities and villages continue to live in which the history of the region was happening: Staraya Ladoga, Koporye, Vyborg, Tikhvin ... Dozens of estates, monasteries, forts and natural landscapes are waiting for you!
Top 10 interesting places to visit:
Catherine Palace, Tsarskoe Selo
Palaces and fountains of Peterhof, Peterhof
Vyborg Castle, Vyborg
Naval Nikolsky Cathedral, Kronstadt
Ivangorod fortress, Ivangorod
Fortress Oreshek, Shlisselburg
Gatchina Palace, Gatchina
Pavlovsk Palace, Pavlovsk
Fortress Korela, Priozersk
Manor Bogoslovka, Nevsky Parkleskhoz
Sights map of the Leningrad region
Detailed map of all places in the region can be seen on the website of the national tourism portal RUSSIA.TRAVEL
Travel in the Leninrad region
The Leningrad region (or Saint Petersburg region) was historically inhabited by Finno-Ugric tribes who owned the territories of neighboring Finland and Estonia. In the 8th century AD, the settlement of Ladoga (now Staraya Ladoga) was founded - the first settlement of Russians in these lands, which was an important stronghold. In the 10th century, the city of Novgorod, which begins to recapture local lands from the Finno-Ugric peoples, becomes more important. By the 12th century, Veliky Novgorod became the center of a strong Novgorod principality, which owned vast spaces along the shores of the Baltic Sea and Lake Ladoga. However, with the invasion of the Knights of the Livonian Order, the Novgorod and neighboring Pskov principality began military operations against the Livonians and the Swedes; the result was the famous Battle of the Neva on Lake Ladoga, in which Prince Alexander Nevsky smashes the Swedish and Livonian squads and protects the lands of the Russian princes. After the outbreak of hostilities with the Livonians and the Swedes, several military fortresses were founded to protect the lands, among which Oreshek (or Shlisselburg), Korela, and Ivangorod, still preserved to this day. The first one, located on an island in Lake Ladoga, is definitely worth seeing with your own eyes - this is a complete story in every stone. And the last one till this day “guards” the borders of Russia with Estonia.
Today, the majority of Russian and foreign tourists come to the capital of the region, the city of St. Petersburg. But for some reason, most often they remain there, although there is a great area of incredible beauty of nature and architecture around St. Petersburg that can not be seen even after a week of active leisure! Directly on the outskirts of St. Petersburg is the Bogoslovka Manor, where there is an analogue of the wooden church in Kizhi - Church of the Pokrova Presvyatoy Bogorodicy. A little further on the island in Lake Ladoga rise the walls of the Oreshek Fortress, whose history goes back over 600 years. North on the guard of history are the ancient fortresses of Korela and Vyborg. Not far from St. Petersburg, the famous palaces of the imperial couple and nobles are ready to receive tourists and show the magnificent heritage of the greatest masters of art. Gatchina, Pavlovsk, Oranienbaum, the Catherine Palace and Peterhof ... well, the latter are always full of tourists, but what about the rest? They are also part of the story, and often - no less significant and beautiful.
On the border of the Neva Bay stays the skeletons of a system of military forts that defended Leningrad from the German troops. In their surroundings, on the island is the small town of Kronstadt stands the largest naval cathedral in Russia (and Europe) - the Kronstadt Naval Cathedral. This is a real miracle in reality! And on the border with Estonia, the massive Ivangorod Fortress, the guard line of the Russian Empire in the era of Ivan III, rise. Finally, in the Leningrad region there are a large number of lakes, wild forests and natural beauties of Russian North that create a pacific atmosphere at any time of the year.
I am convinced that everyone who comes to St. Petersburg should take the time to explore its surroundings. This will allow you to learn more about the history of Russia and its heroic feats, bring a lot of new impressions and open the northern "capital" of Russia from a new side.
Welcome to the Leningrad region - a fount of palace architecture, ancient history and heroic military feats of Russia.