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Guided Tour of the Shrines of Nevsky Prospekt and Church of the Savior on Blood

3 hrs
Guided tour

highlights

  • Enjoy a guided tour of some of the most historic religious sites in St. Petersburg.

  • Visit the Armenian Church of St. Catherine, the city's first Armenian church.

  • Explore the oldest Catholic church in the Russian Federation - the church of St. Catherine.

  • Learn about the history of the famous Kazan Cathedral.

  • See one of the oldest Protestant churches in Russia - the Lutheran Church of Peter and Paul.

  • Enter the Church of the Savior on Blood, and learn about its fascinating history from your expert guide.

inclusions

  • Expert English/Spanish/German-speaking guide

  • Audio equipment

  • Entry to the Church of the Savior on Blood

exclusions

  • Transportation

  • Food and drinks

cancellation policy

These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

your experience

St. Petersburg has historically been a melting pot of cultures and for people of different faiths. The city officially came into existence under the rule of Tsar Peter the Great in the early 18th century. However, many of its religious buildings date back to the 14th and 15th centuries. Explore some of the most beautiful religious sites in the city on this walking tour.

Follow your guide to the Armenian Church of St. Catherine. Built in 1771, its interior was destroyed during Soviet times but has since undergone reconstruction. See also the Church of St. Catherine - the oldest Catholic church in the Russian Federation and the only church with the title of basilica. Visit Kazan Cathedral, named after the "miracle-making" icon of Our Lady of Kazan. Since 1932, the cathedral displayed collections from the Museum of the History of Religion and Atheism - most of which were pieces of religious art and served anti-religious propaganda purposes. A few years ago, regular services resumed in the cathedral, although it still shares space with the museum, from whose name the word "atheism" has now been removed. You will also get to see the Lutheran Church of Peter and Paul (Petrikirhe). This is one of the oldest and largest Protestant churches in Russia. During the Soviet rule, the church was requisitioned by the government and used as an indoor pool. In the 1990s, it was returned to St. Peter's Church and restored.

The biggest highlight of your tour will be your visit to one of the symbols of St. Petersburg - the Church of the Savior on Blood. It earned its name because it was built on the location of Tsar Alexander II's assassination carried out by terrorists of the ‘Narodnaya Volya’ organization. Fashioned out of hundreds of mosaics, the church has an architectural style like no other in the city. Learn about its history from your local guide, before ending the tour.

know before you go

Important Information

  • Photography is allowed. However, the use of flash and tripods is prohibited.

  • Make sure to wear clothes suitable for entering the temple.

  • This tour involves a lot of walking. It is recommended that you wear comfortable shoes.

Discounted Tickets

Infants aged 0-6yrs can go in for free. Children aged 7-17yrs, as well as students aged 18-26yrs, enjoy reduced ticket pricing (carry a valid photo ID).

my tickets

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID to your tour guide.

  • Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time of your tour to avoid delays.

  • If you have purchased reduced-price tickets, please carry your valid photo ID proof for verification. Students must show their valid student IDs.

Meeting Point

  • Meet your guide at the Alexander column in Palace square.

  • Wait by the side that looks on the Hermitage museum.

  • Address: Palace Square, St Petersburg, Russia, 198324.

  • Your guide will be holding an Excursion.City sign for easy recognition.

Get Directions to the Redemption Point

Getting There

  • The closest bus stop is Malaya Morskaya St, a 2-min walk to the meeting point.

  • Bus 7, 24 & 191 will get you here.

  • Trolleybuses 1, 7, 10 & 11 will get you here.

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