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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: St Petersburg by DK Publishing

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Vasilevskiy Island

Peter the Great originally intended Vasilevskiy Island, the largest island in St Petersburg, to be the administrative centre of his “Window to Europe”, but constant flooding and the hazards of crossing the Neva caused him to change his mind. However, the island was not forgotten. Its lower-eastern area, known locally as the Strelka, or Spit, is home to a cluster of fascinating sights, including a pair of eye-catching 15th-century BC sphinxes, the city’s first museum and the grand, russet-coloured Rostral Columns. This splendid, detached area of St Petersburg, with its wide, tree-lined avenues, has an exceedingly calm atmosphere. ...

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