Educational Trip To St. Petersburg For International Schools
Russia’s second-largest city is certainly worth a detour. Immerse yourself in its cultural and historical atmosphere, topped by stunning architecture.
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Built between 1712 and 1733 under Peter the Great, this complex contains the cathedral that served as St Petersburg’s symbol for centuries and also the prison that held many prominent Bolsheviks captive. Students can use both sites to compare the similarities and differences between the regimes and also explore the importance of religion to the Tsars.
This huge, ornate cathedral was built in 1858 at the behest of Tsar Alexander I to celebrate his victory over Napoleon. The Soviet government turned it into the anti-religious museum in 1931. Students can admire the lavish, gem-encrusted interior, and learn from the current exhibits.
This typical Russian church, with its colourful onion domes, was built on the site where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated. The extravagant interior features glittering stretches of mosaic, gold leaf and an altar made entirely of semiprecious gems and painted scenes of martyrdom.
A visit to the Hermitage brings home to students the incredible wealth posed by the Czars. The largest museum in Russia, it has over 3m items including the largest collection of paintings in the world, sculptures and classical antiquities. The collection is housed in six historic buildings along Palace Embankment, including the Winter Palace.
This small museum commemorates the 900-day Blockade of Leningrad that lasted from September 1941 to January 1944. Citizens suffered chronic privations and constant bombardment and over 700,000 of them died. Students can consider their sacrifice, the endurance of survivors and the wider historical context through exhibits, relics and documents from the past.
Located on the outskirts and filled with 18th Century paintings and ornate rooms, this white and gold palace is surrounded by a 14-acre park complete with fountains, bridges, the Agate Pavilion bathhouse and the Great Pond. The Palace also has a famous Amber Room, stolen by Nazi troops during WWII, but now recreated by Russian craftsmen.
An organised evening out provides a great chance to eat, dance and be merry. Student groups can try the local food whilst watching a traditional Russian dance and listening to typical live music.
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