Not too far from the institute are the blue, star-spotted domes of Troisky Cathedral. For many students who walk past the church their first question is the same, "What's with the giant column of cannons out front?"
Saint Petersburg, the Venice of the North, arguably the most beautiful city in Russia. To walk around its streets is a treat for anyone who is even slightly interested in architecture, art, or history. Regardless of the city’s beauty at ground level however, there is an even better way to experience its aesthetic qualities, from above.