World Magazine : WORLD - Spring 2017
HOTEL ASTORIA ST PETERSBURG A n island city on the Gulf of Finland, St Petersburg possesses one of the world’s most attractive urban landscapes. The Fabergé Museum, the dazzling five-domed Russian Orthodox Church of the Saviour On Spilled Blood, the Winter Palace, the Hermitage Museum and St Isaac’s Cathedral – one of the largest and most ornate cathedrals in the world – are among the city’s notable landmarks. Hotel Astoria (1912) is a city icon with a story as rich as the city itself. Located within view of St Isaac’s Cathedral and a short stroll from the famed Marinsky Theatre (1859), home of the Russian Ballet, this hotel is the place for dance connoisseurs to stay and, during the International Ballet Festival, to mingle with the worldly ballet crowd that gathers here. What’s the difference between Sevruga and Beluga caviar? And what is Solyanka, anyway? Answers to these questions and others can be found at the hotel’s Astoria Café, where the menu offers traditional Russian fare or, if you wish to be safe, contemporary European dishes. As for sightseeing, ask the concierge about bespoke cabriolet tours of the city. The Hermitage, founded by Catherine the Great in 1754, is a complex of six buildings with more than three million works of art in its collection. You might want to plan to be there for more than an hour or so. Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square, the Summer Garden and locations that recall the life and times of Russia’s greatest writers, namely, Dostoevsky and Gogol, will help you understand better why St Petersburg is considered the cultural hub of Russia.
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