HOTEL OF THE WEEK
Luxurious Rocco Forte's Hotel Astoria, St. Petersburg, captures the essence of Russia with an authentic experience steeped in comfort and elegance. Rocco Forte's five-star tribute to sophisticated travelling reflects the noble history of St. Petersburg, with interiors scrupulously designed to recreate the grandeur synonymous with this historic city. Hotel Astoria occupies an unrivalled setting in St. Isaac's Square at the hub of St. Petersburg's vibrant city Centre. St. Isaac's Cathedral stands opposite Hotel Astoria, and the renowned Hermitage Museum is only a short walk away.
28.06.2014Manifesta, the roving European Biennial of Contemporary Art, is a European pan-regional contemporary cultural biennale. The exhibition and program will take place 28 June – 31 October, 2014.
RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
The interior in the «BELLINI» is mysterious and simple, very elegant and aristocratically reserved, marginal and monumental at the same time. The traditional arrangement of the hall including such elements as haut-reliefs, paintings in the Renaissance style, a big fireplace intricately corresponds to using modern materials and to the author’s design.
President Vladimir Putin said Friday Russia will introduce a specialized visa-free entry policy during the FIFA World Cup it hosts in 2018.
In the 18th century, Russia was the 3rd largest empire in earth’s history; it covered the area from Poland in Europe to Alaska in North America,
First artificial satellite of Earth was Russian. «Sputnik» (pronounced «Spoot-nik» not «Sput-nik») was launched on October 4, 1957 – the beginning of the Space Age.
VENUE OF THE WEEK
Grand Duke Vladimir Palace was the last imperial palace to be constructed in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. It was designed by a team of architects (Vasily Kenel, Aleksandr Rezanov, Andrei Huhn, Ieronim Kitner, Vladimir Shreter) for Alexander II's son, Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia. Construction work lasted from 1867 to 1872.