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Moscow: Radisson Royal Hotel

On our last evening in Moscow, we visited the 5-star Radisson Royal Hotel, on 2/1, Kutuzovsky Prospekt. Originally known as Hotel Ukraina when it opened in 1957, the hotel is the second tallest of the Seven Sisters, Stalinist skyscrapers that are a combination of Russian Baroque and Gothic styles. At 198m (650ft), Hotel Ukraina has 34 floors and 497 rooms. There are …

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St Petersburg: The Hermitage / Winter Palace

My favourite place that we visited in St Petersburg in 2014 was the Hermitage Museum / Winter Palace. Less than a decade before visiting, my family and I watched Russian Ark (2002), a 96-minute historical drama by Alexander Sokurov, filmed in one shot through the Winter Palace. Anyone with an interest in history, particularly royal history, should …

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St Petersburg: Peterhof Palace

Peterhof (also known as Petrodvorets: Peter’s Palace; Peterhof means Peter’s Court) at Petergof, St Petersburg, is known as Russia’s Versailles. Its namesake, Peter the Great, had designed a summer palace for himself. The original palace, Monplaisir, was completed in 1723. After his visit to the Palace of Versailles in 1717, Peterhof was great expanded and continued to be …