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St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg, founded by Peter the Great in 1703, was the capital of Russia and home of the Romanovs, the imperial family. Over a 200 year period, the Romanovs built the Winter Palace and added the Hermitage to hold their vast art collections. Outside the city, each tsar or tsarina constructed new palaces, surrounded by landscaped parks where the imperial family and nobility played in the long summer days. After a visit to St. Petersburg, kids will have a whole new impression of family houses on a grand scale.
St. Petersburg Photo Album
  The State Hermitage Museum
Neva River - Summer Gardens
Peter and Paul Fortress
Around the Nevsky Prospect
Greater St. Petersburg
Yelagin Island
Imperial Palaces
Peterhof (Petrodvorets, Petergof)
Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo)
Go to the Philharmonic – The St. Petersburg Philharmonic performs in a lovely concert hall (Great Hall of the Philharmonia) and the program is sure to be memorable. You might hear a young violin virtuoso play Prokofiev, or a professional soloist tackle a Rachmaninoff piano concerto. The Children's Philharmonia has kid's concerts also.

On our blog, read "Music in St. Petersburg."


Fun food


Blinis, similar to crepes, slathered with butter or different kinds of jam, are delicious any time. Look for kiosks around town, and get in line for a savory, warm blini.




You'll have fun trying on fur hats or picking out chess sets, wooden toys, painted boxes and decorated eggs. There are tons of matroyshka dolls, some nest as many as ten little dolls, down to the last tiny little one, no bigger than a bead, with a painted face!

kids books st petersburg russia
Peter the Great biography kids books st petersburg russia  
Peter the Great
Diane Stanley

Dramatic story of Peter the Great – his fascination with everything European as a boy, travels in Holland and England, changes and innovations, and the construction of St. Petersburg. Colorfully illustrated. (Picture book)


Who Was Catherine the Great?
Pam Pollack, Meg Belviso

Before you visit the Hermitage museum and great palace of Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo), read this illustrated history of Catherine II (the Great). She built the Hermitage to house her collection of art, which you'll see today. (Chapter book)


Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova  
Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova
Laurel Snyder, Julie Morstad

When Anna Pavlova first saw a performance of Sleeping Beauty at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, she knew she wanted to be a ballerina. This is her story. Enchanting illustrations! (Picture book)


Angel on the Square
Gloria Whelan

Fascinating novel of Katya, a wealthy young girl living in St. Petersburg at the beginning of the Russian Revolution. Katya goes from royal family insider to a very different life in war-torn Russia. (Chapter book)


st petersburg russia historical adventure kids Angel on the Square

Eugene Yelchin grew up in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) in Cold War Russia. He listened to illegal rock and roll records, watched his star athlete brother win every competition, started ballet school, but what Yelchin wanted was to study art. And find out what a six year old boy is doing under the dining table in a one room apartment. Yelchin went on to have a career as an illustrator, painter, and award-winning author. (Chapter book)


(More children's books on other Russia pages)
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