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The 900 days: The Siege of Leningrad (4 hours)

For everyone who lives in St. Petersburg the Siege of Leningrad is an important part of the city's heritage. This was undoubtedly the most tragic period in the history of the city, a period full of suffering and heroism. On September 8 1941 the Germans had fully encircled Leningrad and the siege began. The siege lasted for a total of 900 days. The civilians refused to surrender and endured rapidly increasing hardships in the encircled city. The treasures of the Hermitage and the suburban palaces of Petrodvorets and Pushkin were hidden in the basements of the Hermitage and St Isaac's Cathedral. You will visit the Museum to the Siege, a timeless reminder of the heroic deeds of the city, and Piskarevsky Memorial, dedicated mostly to the victims of the Siege of Leningrad.

The Blokada (the Siege) of Leningrad is a painful memory for the population's older generations. Food and fuel stocks were limited to a mere 1-2 month supply, public transport was not operational and by the winter of 1941-42 there was no heating, no water supply, almost no electricity and very little food. In January 1942 in the depths of an unusually cold winter, the city's food rations reached an all time low of only 125 grams (about 1/4 of a pound) of bread per person per day. Despite tragic losses and the inhuman conditions the city's war industries still continued to work and the city did not surrender. Several hundred thousand people were evacuated from the city across Lake Ladoga via the famous "Road of Life" ("Doroga Zhizni") - the only route that connected the besieged city with the mainland. During the warm season people were ferried to the mainland, and in winter - carried by trucks that drove across the frozen lake under constant enemy bombardment. Meanwhile, the city lived on. Many of the city's students continued their studies and even passed their finals exams. Dmitry Shostakovich wrote his Seventh "Leningrad" Symphony and it was performed in the besieged city. In January 1943 the Siege was broken and a year later, on January 27 1944 it was fully lifted.

Duration: 4 hours

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Price includes
  • Entrance tickets are included.
  • English-speaking guide and driver are included
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This small but extremely moving museum commemorates perhaps the most harrowing period of the city's history - the 900-day Blockade of Leningrad which lasted from 8 September 1941 to 17 January 1944. For two-and-a-half years, the citizens of Leningrad suffered chronic privations and constant bombardment. Although the precarious Road of Life brought supplies across the ice of Lake Ladoga in the winter months, food was woefully short, fuel was scarc... Read more
The city of Saint Petersburg is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places on earth, and virtually any building in the large historic center, threaded with canals dotted with baroque bridges, can be considered an attraction—and indeed, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This is a magical city, with a long list of major attractions. Its Hermitage Museum, housed in the Winter Palace of the Romanov Dynasty, is both one of the world's gr... Read more

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