Please refresh the page and retry. For more on the country, including its best hotels , see our guide. Its restaurant remains an institution and one of the best places in the city to sample traditional Russian food. The tradition dates back to a decree of Empress Elizabeth, the daughter of Peter the Great, founder of St. The museum also has almost 14 miles of marbled corridors. Subbotnik is the day when residents of Russian cities volunteer to sweep up and tidy the streets.