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Fountains are some of the most significant symbols of St-Petersburg city. The winter has gone and the magnificent fountains of St. Petersburg are about to come to life.

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The fountains of Peterhof are one of Russia’s most famous tourist attractions, drawing millions of visitors every year. Fountains were intrinsic to Peter the Great’s original plans for Peterhof – it was the impossibility of engineering sufficiently powerful jets of water that prompted him to move his attentions from the Strelna site to Peterhof – and subsequent generations competed with their predecessors to add grander and ever more ingenious water features to the parkland surrounding the Grand Palace.

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Peterhof Fountain Season starts with the Grand Ceremony of the Fountains Opening held in Peterhof on May 16, 2015. An all-day festival with classical music, fireworks, and performances signifies the opening of the fountains of the Peterhof Palace. We highly recommend catching this festive celebration.

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On 19th of November the largest private museum in Russia – Faberge Museum was opened in St. Petersburg. The exhibition takes place in a restored Shuvalov Palace on the Fontanka embankment in the center of the city.

The collection of Faberge is the largest private collection of Russian arts and crafts of the late XIX-XX centuries in the world. It has more than 4 thousand items. The basis of the exhibition is the famous nine Imperial Easter eggs created by Carl Faberge. Furthermore, the visitors can see rare paintings and other art objects from the personal collection of the museum’s founder – Viktor Vekselberg .

Shuvalov Palace is one of the most famous palaces in St. Petersburg. By the mid- 2000s the building was half-destroyed. The cultural historical foundation of Victor Vekselberg ” The Link of Times ” invested more than 1.2 billion rubles to prevent the loss of an architectural monument. The foundation organised a large-scale instauration of the palace and completely restored the unique historical interiors.

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The legendary cruiser "Aurora", which stands on moors in the Neva River in St. Petersburg, will be closed for a visit and towed to the dock for repairing works. During these works all its systems will be completely restored.

According to the current schedule, the repairs of the cruiser will start in September 2013 and will be completed by summer 2014. Then a renovation of its historic appearance is planned. This work will require about three years. According to the advance plan, during the restoration the cruiser will receive navigational and communication equipment, as well as a diesel-electric propulsion system (instead of steam boilers).

"Aurora" was launched in May 1900. Length of the ship is 126.8 meters, width is 16.8 meters, draught is 6.4 meters. Currently the cruiser that took part in the revolutionary events of 1917 is a museum.

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A monument in honor of the founder of Apple Steve Jobs was erected in St. Petersburg. It is a copy of the iPhone and its height is an average height of a man.

The monument was located in the Technopark that is a courtyard of the St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics. The front panel has a touch screen, which shows the life of the founder of Apple, supported by photos and videos. The back surface has a QR-code. Users can go to the website dedicated to Steve Jobs by reading this code using their mobile devices.

The monument looks like the iPhone 4 as it was the latest iPhone model developed by Apple with the participation of Jobs.

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St. Petersburg tourist authorities have launched an unusual service – guided tours by retro tram. City residents and visitors can ride in a restored 1920 tram and learn the history of municipal electric transportation services.

It were these carriages of MC series serving the streets of Leningrad during the siege period. Nowadays the tram starts at the Museum of electric vehicles on Vasilievsky Island, passing by the main metro stations in the centre of the city and stops at Turgenev Square. You can hop on / hop off at any stop – “Vasileostrovskaya”, “Sportivnaya”, “Gorkovskaya”, “Gostinniy Dvor” and “Sennaya Square”.

The launch of this unusual service is dedicated to the 105th anniversary of the tram in St. Petersburg. It will run until the end of October.

Retro tram will run twice a day on weekends at 11:35 and at 14:05. Current fare is 50 Roubles, approximately 1 GBP.

Go Russia can also assist in tours to St. Petersburg.

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Hermitage, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and Pavlovsk are the most disable friendly sigtseeing landmarks in St. Petersburg accroding to the research conducted by RIA “Novosti”, which was ranking all St. Petersburg museums in terms of arrangemts for disabled people. The rating included 62 most visited museums and exhibition halls of the city. The study assessed the external and internal architectural environment of collections.

 

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From 18 to 20 May 2012 St-Petersburg will see the return of its annual open-air festival “Legends of Norwegian Vikings “, which will be held on the territory of The Peter and Paul Fortress, on the banks of Neva river.

The festival will take place at Kronverk area of The Peter and Paul Fortress and for 3 days the whole area will be occupied by the Norwegian medieval settlement with tents, stadium, stalls of merchants and artisans. Guests will have the opportunity to meet with Prince Yaroslav the Wise and his wife Ingegerd, to see the arrival of King of Norwegian Vikings, to visit various artisan workshops.

The program of the festival includes medieval Viking battles, historical costume contests, military competitions like throwing axes and archery, concert of Scandinavian music and living history areas with medieval Norwegian kitchens and tasting of Norwegian cuisine, as well as demonstrations of Norwegian crafts, minstrels and dancers and a special entertainment program for kids.

The event will be held for the third time and is becoming more and more popular with locals and visitors of St-Petersburg. Last year it was attended by over 40,000 people and even more guests are expected this time.

Program of the festival

Friday 18 May
16.00 – 16.15 – Festival opening ceremony.
16.30 – 17.00 – Theatrical re-enactment of the arrival of King of Norwegian Vikings to the court of Prince Yaroslav the Wise and his wife Ingegerd. Archery and military competitions between the Vikings.
17.00 – 21:00 – Various contests, competitions and workshops for the guests of the festival.
18.00 – 19.00 – Concert of Scandinavian music.
19.30 – 20.30 – Military competitions, tournaments and battles.

Saturday 19 May
11.00 – Festival site opens.
11.00 – 13.00 – Various contests, competitions and workshops for the guests of the festival.
13.00 – 13.30 – Battle re-enactment by the Vikings.
14.00 – 15.00 – Historical costume contest.
15.00 – 21.00 – Various contests, competitions and workshops for the guests of the festival.
17.00 – 18.00 – Tournaments re-enactment by the Vikings.

Sunday 20 May
11.00 – Festival site opens.
11.00 – 13.00 – Various contests, competitions and workshops for the guests of the festival and tournaments re-enactment by the Vikings.
13.00 – 13.30 – Battle re-enactment by the Vikings.
14.00 – 15.00 – Festival ends.

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