Explore the Jewish heritage of St. Petersburg on a full-day tour with a private guide. After a pick-up from your city hotel or cruise ship port, drive past the magnificent palaces of the Russan tsars and the romantic bridges and monuments of the city’s rivers and canals.
St. Petersburg's past is inseparably linked with the history and heritage of the Jewish people. From the 19th century this city became the centre for Jewish publications, organizations and social and cultural services. Out of the St. Petersburg Jewish community came brilliant persons, such as, Simon Dubnov, Marc Shagall, Yasha Heifetz, Isaac Babel and many others.
You’ll visit Theater Square, closely associated with the composer Anton Rubinstein, and stop by the Academy of Fine Arts, where Jewish painters, such as Isaac Levitan and Marc Chagall studied.
During this tour you will visit the Big Choral Synagogue which is not only a magnificent monument of architecture, but has always been the centre around which Jewish life in St.Petersburg takes place.
The Big Choral Synagogue is located in the Kolomna quarter which used to be a thriving Jewish neighborhood. Here you will find important educational centers such as the Conservatoire, founded by Anton Rubenstein, the State University and the Academy of Fine Arts, all of which were attended by many Jewish students and served as Jewish cultural focal points.
The Jewish Memorial Cemetery in St. Petersburg was opened in 1875 as a Jewish section of the Preobrazhenskoe cemetery. Many of the monuments were designed by famous architects. Among those buried here are railway entrepreneur and public figure S.S.Polyakov, publisher D.G. Ginzburg, sculptor M.M. Antokolsky and historian M.S. Altman as well as the soldiers and sailors that perished during the Great Patriotic War and the citizens who died in the Siege of Leningrad.
Visit the new Yesod Building, home to St. Petersburg’s Jewish community today.
Visit to the The State Russian Museum as part of your tour. Russian museum houses the world's biggest collection of Russian art from ancient icons to avant-garde works. Among its treasures there are also works by Jewish painters and sculptors, such as Isaac Levitan, Mark Shagal, Leon Bakst, Mark Antokolsky, that became part the Russian culture without losing their connection with the Jewish traditions.