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Palace Square with Winter Palace, Saint Petersburg
Palace Square with Winter Palace, Alexander Column, and General Staff Building. The Winter Palace is probably the most famous architectural monument in Saint Petersburg.
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About Saint Petersburg

Coat of Arms of Saint PetersburgSatellite view and map shows Saint Petersburg, for some times in history called Leningrad. It is Russia's second largest city, a major seaport and a Federal City, located in European Russia.

The city, often described as the most western city of Russia, even if Kaliningrad in Kaliningrad Oblast is much further west. St Petersburg is located in northwestern part of Russia, on the delta of the Neva river and the eastern shores of the Gulf of Finland (the easternmost arm of the Baltic Sea).

English Embankment and Saint Isaac's Cathedral in Saint Petersburg
The English Embankment (Angliyskaya Naberezhnaya) is a street along the left bank of the Bolshaya Neva River in Central Saint Petersburg, Saint Isaac's Cathedral, the largest Russian Orthodox church in the city, in the background.
Photo: Lite

The city was founded in 1703 by Peter I (Peter the Great), tsar of Russia from 1682 until 1725.

The city was the capital of Russia between 1713 and 1728 and between 1732–1918 until the Russian Revolution.

Today St Petersburg has a population of about 5 million inhabitants, more than 7 million people live in its metropolitan area.

St Petersburg Points of interest
St Petersburg is known as the 'Venice of the North' and as the cultural capital of Russia.

The Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments official website is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Just zoom in (+) on the map to see the Winter Palace (located to north-west of the Alexander Column), the former winter residence of the Russian monarchs. Today the palace is part of the Hermitage Museum (, one of the largest museums in the world, founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great. The museum has a collection of more than 3 million works of art, of which only a fraction is on permanent display.

Palace Square in front of the Winter Palace with the massive Alexander Column in center, is the huge city square which connects Nevsky Prospekt with the Palace Bridge leading to Vasilievsky Island, one part of the city's historic center.

Aerial view of Peter and Paul Fortress on Zayachy Island in Saint Petersburg
The Citadel of St. Petersburg. Aerial view of Peter and Paul Fortress on Zayachy Island in Saint Petersburg.
Photo: Andrew Shiva
The Citadel of St. Petersburg by the Nava river (Peter and Paul Fortress) was founded by Peter the Great in 1703, in order to protect the future capital from a feared Swedish attack.
Today the fortress is an important part of the State Museum of Saint Petersburg History (

Saint Isaac's Cathedral, the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in the city.

State Russian Museum ( offers 'the world’s largest collection of Russian art' on display. It was the first museum of Russian art, initiated by Emperor Alexander III in 1895.

Peterhof Palace ( a series of palaces and gardens, the Russian version of Versailles.
A reconstruction of the famous Amber Room (, originally intended for the Charlottenburg Palace, in Berlin, was installed in the Catherine Palace in 2003.
Mariinsky Theatre ( historic venue for opera, theater and ballet, opened in 1860. Kunstkamera (, the first museum in Russia, established by Peter the Great, it was completed in 1727, since then it piled up a collection of almost 2 million items.

Kazan Cathedral in Saint Petersburg
The Russian Orthodox Kazan Cathedral in Saint Petersburg on Nevsky Prospekt, resembling St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The church was completed in 1811.
Photo: Ludvig14

Nevsky Prospect is St. Petersburg's 4.5 km long main boulevard in the city's historic center. The avenue runs from the Admiralty building and the Palace Square to the Moscow railway station and then to the Alexander Nevsky Monastery (Alexander Nevsky Lavra).

Along the avenue one can find several major attractions of the city, like the Stroganov Palace, a Rococo palace at the intersection of the Moika River and Nevsky Prospect, today part of the Russian Museum. Located on Kazan Square is the enormous neoclassical Russian Orthodox Kazan Cathedral, resembling St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Opposite the Kazan Cathedral is the Singer House (House of Books) an Art Nouveau bookhouse built in the beginning of the 20th century.
Anichkov Bridge and the Neo-Baroque style Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace in Saint Petersburg
Anichkov Bridge and the Neo-Baroque style Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace.
Image: Olesya L.
Along Nevsky Prospect there are cafes and coffee shops, half a dozen bank companies, as many as 18th-century churches, a monument to Catherine the Great, the Russian National Library (, and the Anichkov Bridge with its horse statues.

If you want to save money, avoid the large Art Nouveau retail and entertainment complex of Elisseeff Emporium (Yeliseyevsky Magazin) with its famous food hall, and also the 18th-century Gostiny Dvor, the city's oldest shopping mall and Russia's second largest department store.

2018 FIFA World Cup
Moskovsky railway terminus in Saint Petersburg
Moskovsky railway terminus in Saint Petersburg is the oldest preserved railway station in the city.
Image: Alexander Savin

St. Petersburg is one of the 11 Russian cities that will host the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The city will host 7 matches of the World Cup. Saint Petersburg Stadium (capacity: 69,000), Russia's second largest stadium is the venue where Marocco met Iran, Russia played Egypt, Brazil played against Costa Rica, and Nigeria vs Argentina.

Russia's second largest city is of course a major transport hub. There are five principal train stations in Saint Petersburg, whereof Baltiysky Station is one of the busiest railway stations in Russia. Moskovsky Station is the oldest preserved station in the city and a terminus for the Saint Petersburg – Moscow Railway.

Zoom out to find the location of Pulkovo International Airport (IATA code: LED). The airport is a hub for Rossiya Airlines, located about 19 km (12 mi) by road, south of the city. Pulkovo Airport serves Saint Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast.

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Local Time Saint Petersburg:
Thursday-July-18  16:03  
Standard Time Zone: Moscow Standard Time (MSK) :: UTC/GMT +3 hours
Summertime (MSD) in use March-October UTC/GMT +4 h
φ Latitude, λ Longitude (of Map center; move the map to see coordinates):
Google Maps: Map and Satellite View of the City of Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation.

City Coordinates: 59°57′N 30°18′E  
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External Links:
Saint Petersburg (official web site)
The State Hermitage Museum
One of the largest and oldest museums in the world.

Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments (UNESCO)

Wikipedia: Saint Petersburg
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