Saint Petersburg, formerly known as Petrograd (1914–1924) and later Leningrad (1924–1991; see below), is the second-largest city in Russia after Moscow. It is situated on the Neva River, at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea.The city had a population of roughly 5.6 million residents as of 2021. Saint Petersburg is the fourth-most populous city in Europe, the most populous ...
St. Petersburg, city and port, extreme northwestern Russia. It is a major historical and cultural center, as well as Russia’s second largest city. For two centuries (1712–1918) it was the capital of the Russian Empire. Its historic district was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1990.
Ranking of the top 18 things to do in St. Petersburg. Travelers favorites include #1 Hermitage Museum and the Winter Palace, #2 Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and more.
The second largest city in Russia, St. Petersburg is the country’s cultural heart. View splendid architectural gems like the Winter Palace and the Kazan Cathedral, and give yourself plenty of time to browse the world-renowned art collection of the Hermitage.
Saint Petersburg was started by the Russian Tsar, Peter I as the capital of the Russian Empire in 1703, to take the place of the earlier capital, Moscow. It was the capital of Russia until 1918. Peter the Great established Saint Petersburg as a warm-weather port in order to show Russian dominance in the Baltic and to increase trading opportunities.
The main building of the museum is located in the Mikhailovsky Palace in the center of St. Petersburg. The museum was created by personal decree of Emperor Nicholas II on April 13, 1895. The official opening of the museum took place on March 7, 1898.
St. Petersburg stands at the geographic and cultural borders of the west and east. While the city's appearance was influenced by the intricate and ordered architecture of Western Europe, it is ...
Around St Petersburg The centrepiece of Tsarskoe Selo, created under Empresses Elizabeth and Catherine the Great between 1744 and 1796, is the vast baroque Catherine Palace,… Mariinsky Theatre
Saint Petersburg (Russian: Са́нкт-Петербу́рг Sankt-Peterburg), known as Petrograd (Петроград) in 1914-1924 and Leningrad (Ленинград) in 1924-1991, is the second largest city of Russia, with 5.6 million inhabitants (2021), and the former capital of the Russian Empire.Founded in 1703, it is not ancient, but its historical cityscape is remarkably well-preserved.
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