This thoughtfully elaborated tour offers you to immerse into the history of one of the oldest nations in the world, to visit the synagogue and other prominent places, to learn about traditions, customs and specifics of the Jewish St.Petersburg.
Did you know that Jews in Russia were banned not only from living on the territory of Russian, but also from passing through the territory until the end of the 18th century? Thus, in St.Petersburg – the capital of a vast Empire – the Jewish past was absent until the early 1860s. However, by the end of the 19th century in the Russian Empire there was the largest Jewish community in the world (67% of all Jewish people lived here).
During our tour of Jewish St.Petersburg you will visit places where the turbulent and bright life of St.Petersburg Jews flowed. You will learn where Jewish people lived and worked, what problems they had and what they fought for. You will take a leisurely walk in Kolomna, which is the historical Jewish district of the city, visit the Grand Choral Synagogue, the second largest synagogue in Europe, attend the Jewish section of the Russian Museum of Ethnography which gives an excellent opportunity to learn about the difficult historical path of the Jewish people and provides many unique items, including art pieces, household items and religious objects. And of course you will learn contemporary aspects of Jewish life in the Northern capital.
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