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Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad)

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Address: Dvortsovaya Ploshchad, St. Petersburg 190000, Russia
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Description: Contrasting architectures and wide open spaces are the hallmarks of this...
Contrasting architectures and wide open spaces are the hallmarks of this extraordinary plaza, which has witnessed historic events like Bloody Sunday and the storming of the Winter Palace and is now the rallying place for every imaginable political demonstration.
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One of the best squares I have been so far

I was lucky to find a very nice weather during my visit to the square so I made lots of photos of the historical buildings you have around this place. It's a nice "taste" before... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

I was lucky to find a very nice weather during my visit to the square so I made lots of photos of the historical buildings you have around this place. It's a nice "taste" before you go to the Hermitage Museum. And yes, be careful with the people that is dressed up, remember that each photo with them will be... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

There are so many amazing photo opportunities here! Its beautiful in the daylight but also worth seeing all lit up at night. In the day there are a few souvenir stalls and the odd pastry cart to buy snacks and drinks and at night there are people with horses who you can pay a couple of rubles to for a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Frankly, this is just a big (OK-huge) open area with monument ringed by the buildings comprising the Heritage state museum and winter palace. The good news is that it can be viewed while entering the real star of the show, which is the buildings themselves with their vast display of artwork. If you wish, you can take a carriage ride... More 

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Romford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A vast open air square full of history by The Hermitage.Just to walk round it when the visitors have gone is a fantastic feeling.Wonderful photographic opportunities here.I'm still using the pictures I took here as computer wallpaper.The winter months are preferable,but conditions can sometimes be Arctic.Its all part of the Russian experience.Thoroughly recommended.

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a chef d'oeuvre of the architects in the ex-capital of the Russian Empire, a kind of a famous and incredible Russian space, so wide and impressive... Must go and feel for those who do the first visit to St. Petersburg.

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Panama City, Panama
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Much like Palace bridge, I don't understand why people feel the need to separate these. They should just be part of the overall Hermitage experience as frankly, what you really get in the square is a beautiful view of the Winter Palace and not much else (besides sleet in January!) - so yes, you're inevitably going to visit Palace Square... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

This is one of the most important historic spots in Russia. It is where Jan. 1905, 1-4,000 peaceful protesters, men women and children were butchered by the Tsar's guards and Cossacks while trying to present a petition to their loving spiritual father, Tsar Nicholas II. Needless to say, many lost faith, and this incident, now known as "Bloody Sunday "... More 

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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

This truly finished off an amazing trip to St.Petersburger! The locals and staff were all lovely! Particularly friendly towards the LGBT community! I also felt very safe and looked after by all the local services! Would recommed!

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This square really is massive!! The hermitage is the star of the show at the Palace square, but the other surrounding buildings are also very nice. At Christmas time there is a massive Christmas tree in the square.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

It's a landmark in St. Petersburg that's difficult to ignore, especially, if you live on Nevskiy Prospect. On a bright sunny day, stroll down Nevskiy Prospect, visiting the Kazan Cathedral, a lot of bridges and picturesque churches. Then you can visit the Palace Square and finally sign off with the Hermitage State Museum.

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