St. Petersburg is an ideal city for walking. Don't get me wrong, it's a big city, but the historic center is quite affordable to walk around and, above all, to enjoy the hidden beauty of the city. Even so, we start with one of the highlights that we had pending of the city: the St. Isaac's Cathedral.
Located in the Mariinsky neighborhood, this cathedral was dedicated to St. Isaac because his holiday was celebrated on the day Peter the Great was born. Highlights the grandeur of the neoclassical building and an equally great golden dome. It is one of the largest domed buildings in the world. Despite being a cathedral, for the moment it is considered a museum, as is the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. And as in all museums in St. Petersburg, you also have to pay to enter. Exactly 250 rubles to enter the museum and 150 rubles to climb to the top of the dome. We opted for the second option, because they told us that the view from above was simply spectacular. Well, I am sorry to tell you that I did not see it as spectacular, but it is true that it gives you the opportunity to see St. Petersburg from a very different point of view.
Continuing along the Moyka River, we find the Yusupov Palace, where the famous Rasputin was killed. He was the tsarina's favorite and, therefore, also exerted a great influence on the weak Nicholas II. The nobility did not like that a peasant out of Siberia, uneducated and physically ungrateful had such power. So on December 16, 1916, Prince Felix Felipovich Yusupov's gauntlet invited him to his palace for dinner and in the chocolate cupcakes he put a good dose of cyanide. Eating one will fall fulminated, he thought. But leave your surprise there when Rasputin started eating and drinking like a Cossack and did not die. Such became the desperation of Prince Felix, who ended up pulling out a gun and shot him at close range. Even so, he did not die, and Rasputin dragged himself leaving a trail of blood until, upon reaching the patio, the other conspirators shot him another shot and ended up throwing him into the Moyka River. And there began his legend.
In the Mariinsky neighborhood is the famous Mariinsky theater, one of the most important, and in which during the season of performances you can attend concerts, operas and, above all, ballet performances. We follow our route on foot through the neighborhood until we reach the Nikolski gardens and to the surrounding cathedral. The church is very beautiful and highlights the bluish color of its walls with its golden domes. The most curious thing about this church is that during the communist period it was the only one that continued to celebrate masses despite the ban. Too bad that when we went it was closed, so we went to the Vasilevsky Island to follow the itinerary on foot marked by the Lonely Planet guide.