St. Petersburg – Other sites

While in St. Petersburg we also visited several other sites including the Savior on the Spilled Blood church.  This church was built in the 1880s and was built on the site where Emperor Alexander II was wounded during his assassination in March 1881,

The church was closed in the 1930s.  During World War 2 it was used as a morgue and to store food.  Many of the mosaics were damaged but have now been restored.  We also visited several other churches and the Kazan Cathedral. We saw a number of rock street musicians throughout the city.

After a long day we walked along the river back to our hotel.

The next morning we took the subway back to the train station to head home,  The subways are some of the deepest we have seen.

The allegro train has an interesting process for crossing the border.  Between St. Petersburg and Vyborg Russia the train is under the control of the Russian Border police.  Then at Vainikkala Finland the Finnish border police take over to check visas and passports.