Petersburg was in many ways an allegory of the story of Russia under
the tsars. A beautiful city with grand palaces, that were built though
by serfs in an autocratic state.
After making a tour of St. Petersburg, discuss how the different phases
of Russian history can be illustrated by its chief monuments and art
collections, from its Byzantine architecture to Peter the Great’s
cabin, and from the Russian Versailles to the relics of the terrible
Nazi siege of the Second World War.