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Russia & Poland 2002
St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg was built to be the capital of Russia. A fairly young city European standards, it will celebrate its 300th anniversary in 2003.
(left) One the most famous churches is the Church of the Spilled Blood. Built the spot where Tsar Alexander II was murdered in 1881, construction the church was begun in 1883. The building reflects traditional century Russian style.

(below, left and center) The Museum has one of the finest art collections in the world. consists of a series of buildings, some of which were part of the Palace. (below, right) The building.

(left) St. Isaac's Cathedral is one of the largest in the world. Because of marshy ground, thousands of wooden piles were sunk into the ground support it. The cathedral opened in 1858 but was designated a of atheism during the Soviet era. Today, it is still officially museum.

(below) Everywhere St. Petersburg are signs of repairs, renovations, and other improvements get ready for the celebration of the city's tercentennial in 2003.

This was a second to St. Petersburg. The first trip was part of the Northern cruise (a "past life" trip). It was far different the city by walking than being shuttled about by bus. Covered ground with the bus, but were more constrained by time spent shuffling. Walking without being on a fixed tour give more flexibility to down streets and absorb/experience the culture.
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