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Saint Petersburg, Russia

The Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg was the official residence of the Russian royals from 1732 up to the Russian Revolution in 1917. The Palace was constructed to reflect the supremacy of the Imperial Russia. From this palace, the Tsar ruled 22 million of square kilometers of land which counts to almost 1/6 of the […]

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Saint Petersburg, Russia

Due to the unique geology of Saint Petersburg the city's metro system is the deepest by the average depth in the world. It's deepest station is 86 meters below ground. Its 5 lines and 67 stations serve more that two million passengers daily. Did you know that metro coins is still an valid way to […]

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Saint Petersburg, Russia

Saint Petersburg is the second most populous city in Russia and the fourth in Europe behind Instabul, Moscow and London. During the 20th century the city experienced some serious depopulations. From more that 2.4 millions citizens in 1916 the population dropped to less than 750 thousand as the minorities of Germans, Poles, Finns, Estonians and […]

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Church of the Savior on Blood

Emperor Alexander the Second, after his disastrous defeat in the Crimea war against Britain, France and Turkey initiated a number of radical reforms groundbreaking for the Russia at the time. His dedication on the reforms, created many enemies while the attempts against his life were numerous. Alexander II among other attacks, he survived from an […]

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Neva River

The river that flows through Saint Petersburg is called Neva River. It's the forth largest river in Europe in terms of average discharge. It has a length of 74 kilometers and it is the only river that flows from the largest lake in Europe, the lake Ladoga. Since the founding of the city, more than […]

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VKontakte

In 1904 the American sewing machine company Singer built a six story art nouveau building to host its Russian headquarters. The building is crowned with a glass tower topped by a glass globe sculpture that creates an impression that the building is higher than what it actually is. During the first world war, the US […]

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Kazan Cathedral, Saint Petersburg

When Napoleon invaded Russia in 1812 the commander in chief General Mikhail Kutuzov, asked for help from Our Lady of Kazan (the mother of God according to the Russian orthodox religion). After Russian defeated the army of Napoleon, the Russians recognizing the divine help renamed the majestic church on the Nevsky Prospekt to Kazan Cathedral […]

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Nevsky Prospect

The main street of Saint Petersburg is Nevsky Prospekt. Peter the Great, the founder of the city, designated this road to be the way to Moscow and Novgorod. The most iconic sights of the city can be found on this historic avenue including the Singer house, many 18th century churches, the Russian national library, the […]

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Saint Petersburg, Russia

Saint Petersburg has been renamed three times since Tsar Peter the Great founded the city on 27th of May in 1703. In 1914 the name of the city changed to Petrograd after the outbreak of the first world war to remove the German references in the name. In 1924 the name changed to Leningrad after […]

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Saint Petersburg, Russia

Saint Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia with more than five million people. A river flows through the most part of the city center creating numerous navigable canals. The Neva River gave to Saint Petersburg the nickname of the 'Venice of the North'

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