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Address: Dvortsovaya Ploshchad, St. Petersburg 190000, Russia
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
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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This square is huge and beautiful. Worth visiting if you go to Hermitage museum or anywhere near to it. You can take horse ride or just hang around for a while or just walk past... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

This square is huge and beautiful. Worth visiting if you go to Hermitage museum or anywhere near to it. You can take horse ride or just hang around for a while or just walk past. Buildings around it are old and pretty, also its next to Neva river.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The Red Square in Moscow is regarded as the main square of Russia, but it was not always the case. There was a time when the Palace Square was the main area of Russia. And for many who were born and grew up in St. Petersburg the Palace Square will always be considered of paramount importance. The Palace Square is... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

You will find yourself walking through Palace Square on your way to many sights in St Petersburg. We happened to be there Valentine's Day, and at night all the locals were down lighting lanterns and setting them to fly in the sky. It was very pretty to see hundreds of lit lanterns floating away on the breeze. Apart from being... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Impossble to be in the city and not to visit its main square. It is easy to reach on foot from Gostiny Dvor subway station. The Hermitage is right near the square. Beautiful column and arch of the long yellow building that forms square's border.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Our hotel was quite close to the square and we enjoyed strolling round to take in the grandeur of the palaces. It is lit up at night and worth a visit then

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This is the quintessential Petersburg view. For the best effect, approach it walking North on Bolshaya Morskaya from Nevsky Prospect, through the giant yellow arch that curves around to the left. The surprise that awaits you can't be topped. If you happen to be here on a weekend, be aware that this general area is haunted by drunk youths still... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

You may found yourself in a james bond movie entering a huge square with impressive buildings around You. The winter palace, the admirality, the huge obelisque makes you feel small. And makes you remember all the cruel history that took place here. And that is still happening.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

This very Grand Square is next to St Isacs Cathederal,the column in the centre is the same marble as the Cathederal pillars only it weighs 600 tonnes and is free standing ( not fastened to the ground in any way) just gravity don't miss this and definitely not the Cathederal or any part of St Petersburgh it is a fantastic... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

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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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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