St Petersburg, Russia
SAINT PETERSBURG IS A CULTURAL CENTRE PROTECTED BY UNESCO
Saint Petersburg is a treasure of the world’s culture and one of the largest cultural centre of the world. The city was the capital of Russia for two centuries and nowadays, it is a cultural capital of Russia, an important economic and scientific centre of the country.
Conserving carefully its richest historic heritage the city leads a full life today.
It is nice to see the city changing, rushing into the future, and keeping its unique and unbeatable look. Nowadays more and more people share a love for Saint Petersburg and invite everybody to visit this wonderful city.
Saint Petersburg is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Things You Should Know
CRUISE AROUND THE HISTORIC CENTRE OF THE CITY
Saint Petersburg is often called the Northern Venice as it is situated on the isles of the Neva River delta, and the rivers and canals amounting at least 90 give it a special charm at any time of the year.
300 bridges, 90 rivers and canals, 42 islands – that is what you get visiting Saint Petersburg…
CHURCHES AND CATHEDRALS
Saint Petersburg was planned as a West-oriented city and has always been renowned for its hospitality. Peter the Great encouraged foreigners, especially from Europe, to come to the new capital: they brought a new way of life, knowledge and traditions.
THERE ARE MORE THAN 250 MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES IN SAINT PETERSBURG
In Saint Petersburg there are a lot of sights and more than 250 museums. The museum world of Saint Petersburg is extremely diverse. It is presented not only by the world-renowned museums such as the Hermitage, the Russian Museum, palaces of Saint Petersburg and its suburbs but also by small city museums, for example, the museums of vodka and bread.
STARS OF THE WHITE NIGHTS
The International Music Festival "Stars of the White Nights" is held in Saint Petersburg every year. You can enjoy the world most brilliant performances and concerts given on the best stages of the city all summer.
THE SCARLET SAILS
The most massive and famous public event during the White Nights Festival. The tradition is highly popular for its spectacular fireworks, numerous music concerts, and a massive water show. Crowds of about one million people are treated to a wide variety of free entertainment provided by the city of St. Petersburg
On May 27, 1703 Peter the Great laid the foundation stone of the Peter and Paul fortress. This day is considered to be the Saint Petersburg City Day and all citizens and city guests celebrate this date on a grand scale. Every year the city prepares a wide range of festivities. If you are anywhere remotely near the city’s centre on this day, the festivities will be impossible to miss. Crowds will bustle on the famous Nevsky Prospekt to take in the sights and sounds of the celebrations, and often, special events are held at venues including the Peter and Paul Fortress and the Grand Philharmonic Hall. The festivities are traditionally concluded with magnificent fireworks.