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Saint Petersburg

About Saint-Petersburg

Saint-Petersburg is the second city of Russia (more then 4,5 million inhabitants in 2007) after capital Moscow. It is located on 42 islands in the northwest of the country on Neva river` s delta at the head of the Gulf of Finland.

Saint Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and it is an important centre of tourism. In 2005 about 2,18 million foreign tourists had visited Saint Petersburg.

Saint Petersburg had been founded in 1703 by Tsar Peter I. By its resolutely modern town planning and its aesthetics of foreign origin the new city had to allow Russia «to open a window in Europe» and contribute, according to Peter I wishes, to hoist Russia at the rank of the European Great Powers. The city centre, built on directives of Russian governors, introduces an unique architecture which combines architectural styles (baroque, neoclassical) mastered way by architects of Italian origin. Saint Petersburg received some poetic names, like "Venice of the North" because of its numerous canals. Since 1990 the city is included on the list of the worldwide heritage of the UNESCO. 

The capital of Russia from 1712 till 1918, St. Petersburg played a great role in the country's history. It's been called for a long time "the city of 3 revolutions", it also changed its name some times. It had named Petrograd, then Leningrad and in 1991 the city regained its original name - St. Petersburg, "the city of Saint Peter".

Saint Petersburg is an important economic, industrial, scientific and cultural centre of Russia. It is a big knot of transport. There are 221 museums, 2000 libraries, more than 80 theatres, 100 organizations of concerts, 45 galleries and centers of Expo, 63 cinemas, 80 organizations of culture in Saint Petersburg. Every year 100 different local and international festivals take a place in Saint Petersburg.

Its geographic location is responsible for the phenomenon that attracts crowds of tourists to the city during summer - the white nights. The white nights season begins on May 25-26 and ends in the middle of July with the peak on June 21-22, during this period you will not notice the evening twilight turning into dawn.

We invite you to go to Saint Petersburg to visit its museums, palaces, parks, cathedrals, theatres, galleries, to walk by boat on channels or to walk in the streets which keep a history` s breath of this splendid city.

Saint-Petersburg Gallery

Excursions in Saint Petersburg

Сity tour of Saint Petersburg, 3 hours

Saint Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia after Moscow. It was founded 302 years ago by Peter the Great.  65 rivers and canals, spanned by 360 bridges, criss-cross the city, located on 42 islands. It is not incidental that St. Petersburg is also called the Venice of the North.

Hermitage Museum, 3 hours

The State Hermitage Museum is among the top four Art museums of the world. It occupies six magnificent buildings situated along the embankment of the River Neva, right in the heart of St Petersburg. The leading role in this unique architectural ensemble is played by the Winter Palace, the residence of the Russian tsars that was built to the design of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli in 1754-62. Collection of Hermitage museum was started by Peter the Great, but the museum itself was founded by Catherine II.

Peter and Paul Fortress, 2 hours

The Peter and Paul Fortress - the first construction in St.-Petersburg, it had been founded by Peter I in 1703. It takes the central place in an architectural composition of Saint Petersburg. Located on its territory high bell tower is one of the main sights of northern capital.

Saint Isaac Cathedral, 2 hours

The Saint Isaac Cathedral is a great example of late Classicism. It took 40 years to build it, 60 of the 440,000 construction workers died just of inhaling the mercury fumes while decora-ting the cathedral's dome with 100 kg. of pure gold. St. Isaac’s Cathedral is 101.5 m tall, it has 112 monolith columns about 114 tons each, 14,000 people can attend services held here on big religious holidays.

Peterhof, 5 hours

Peterhof is located 29 km from Saint Petersburg. In the past, it was an exquisite summer residence for Russian tsars, world famous for its palaces and fountains just on the shore of the Gulf of Finland. It is an outstanding example of the palace architecture. There are 11 museums in Peterhof, you can visit small palaces (Cottage, Monplaisir, Marli, Hermitage, Catherine's pavillion, Bath pavillion). 

Tsarskoye Selo, 5 hours

Tsarskoye Selo is a small village located 25 km from Saint Petersburg. It was a summer Residence of  the imperial family from the days of Peter the Great until the time of the last tsar, Nicolas II. The second name of residence is Puchkin (since 1918) in honour of Great Russian poet. Many Russian and foreigner filmsabout history and governors of Russia had been turned in Tsarskoe Selo. One of main sights is a Catherine Palace. 

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