St. Petersburg is probably the most European of all Russian cities, owed to the fact that it was founded in 1703 by Tsar Peter the Great
St. Petersburg – the Venice of the North
St. Petersburg is probably the most European of all Russian cities, owed to the fact that it was founded in 1703 by Tsar Peter the Great who wanted a new imperial capital to Russia located closer to European centres of influence. With this goal in mind, Italian and French architects were commissioned to develop the layout of the city which is famous today for its typical baroque and neoclassical architecture. The splendid architecture combined with an intricate network of canals earned St. Petersburg the nickname “Venice of the North”, while the city is often referred to as the “Pearl of the Baltic” due to its geographic location at the mouth of the river Neva in the Gulf of Finland.
St. Petersburg – a city you never forget
A trip to St. Petersburg is one of those you never forget. The city centre, with its canals, bridges and majestic imperial buildings, captures the hearts of people travelling to St. Petersburg for the first time. The historic centre with its 36 major landmarks constitutes a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Peter and Paul Fortress and the Winter Palace are only a few of the countless must-visit sites in Saint Petersburg.
Saint Petersburg – a hotbed of culture
Other than the legendary Hermitage Museum, which displays one of the largest collection of paintings in the world, St. Petersburg is also home to more than 2000 libraries, 80 theatres and concert halls, and 45 exhibitions centres and 221 art galleries which all contribute to making the city a delight for amateurs of culture, classical music and art. St. Petersburg is nonetheless a town turned towards the future and with its vibrant and ever-renewing cultural life, it is best described as a hotbed of culture.