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  2. Saint Petersburg - Wikipedia

    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.

  3. 18 Best Things to Do in St. Petersburg | U.S. News Travel

    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.

  4. St. Petersburg | Map, Points of Interest, & History | Britannica

    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.

  5. St. Petersburg - Russian Empire, Tsar Peter, Cultural Hub

    St. Petersburg - Russian Empire, Tsar Peter, Cultural Hub: Settlement of the region around the head of the Gulf of Finland by Russians began in the 8th or 9th century. Known then as Izhorskaya Zemlya or, more commonly, as Ingermanland or Ingria, the region came under the control of Novgorod, but it long remained thinly populated.

  6. History of Saint Petersburg - Wikipedia

    The city of Saint Petersburg was founded by Tsar Peter the Great on 27 May 1703. It became the capital of the Russian Empire for more than two hundred years (1712–1728, 1732–1918). Saint Petersburg ceased being the capital in 1918 after the Russian Revolution of 1917. [1] The new capital The Peter and Paul Cathedral in Peter and Paul Fortress

  7. Saint Petersburg - Simple English Wikipedia, the free ...

    Saint Petersburg (Russian: Санкт-Петербу́рг, romanized: Sankt-Peterburg) is a Russian city in northwestern Russia, near the Gulf of Finland of the Baltic Sea. Over five million people live in St. Petersburg as of 2015, and it is the second biggest city in Russia.

  8. St. Petersburg, Russia 2023: Best Places to Visit - Tripadvisor

    About St. Petersburg. 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.

  9. St Petersburg travel - Lonely Planet | Russia, Europe

    Russia, Europe The sheer grandeur and history of Russia's imperial capital never fail to amaze, but this is also a city with a revolutionary spirit. Attractions Must-see attractions for your itinerary State Hermitage Museum St Petersburg The Hermitage fully lives up to its sterling reputation.

  10. St. Petersburg Travel Guide | U.S. News Travel

    St. Petersburg largely owes its dualistic nature to its founder, Peter the Great, an unabashed lover of all things European. In the early 1700s, Peter commissioned the city's streets and...

  11. The main feature and attraction of Saint Petersburg's historical centre is characterized by a perfect harmony of architecture and waterscapes. The full-flowing Neva bequeathed the city an exceptional spatial scale and wealth of spectacle. It became its main square and chief thoroughfare. The Neva water spaces were natural extensions of the ...