The second, cultural capital of Russia. Here you can visit the Hermitage, the Kunstkammer and the Mariinsky Theatre, take a walk near the cold Neva, the majestic Alexander Column and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Classical culture and vibrant modern life coexist here.

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The Hermitage Museum, the Winter Palace.

About the city

St. Petersburg is rich in entertainment and attractions. There are more than 200 museums, 5,000 restaurants and 4,000 monuments.


The main places to visit:


Palace Square

St. Isaac's Cathedral

Nevsky Prospekt

Peter and Paul Fortress

Cabinet of curiosities

New Holland

Palace Bridge (drawbridge)


It was founded in 1703 on a swamp. Peter 1 founded the city in honor of the conquest of new lands. St. Petersburg has become a symbol of Russia's new, European path.

Sculptures on the Alexander Column

The city became the capital of Russia, a political and economic center. The emperor and his family lived in St. Petersburg.

The Decembrist uprising and the revolutions of 1905 and 1917 took place here. During the Great Patriotic War, the city experienced a brutal blockade that lasted 872 days.

Now St. Petersburg is a city of federal importance, which is home to leading universities, offices of large companies and government agencies.


Since its foundation, the city has been called in different ways:

From 1703 to 1914 — St. Petersburg.

From 1914 to 1924 — Petrograd.

From 1924 to 1991 — Leningrad.

Since 1991 — St. Petersburg.


March 17, 2024

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