Saint Petersburg

St. Petersburg is called a second capital of Russia. This magnificent city has several other informal names that reveal travelers’ admiration and a passion for visiting it. The Cultural Capital, the Northern Capital, the Venice of the North, the Northern Palmyra, Peter’s City, the City of White Nights, the City on the Neva River – all this is said about brilliant St. Petersburg. The city is recognized as one of the largest economic, cultural and scientific centers of Russia, Europe and the whole world. The city of Saint Peter was founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and was set to be the “window to Europe”. Today the city combines Russian and European cultures and traditions in the most extraordinary way. Just 10 years after the city was founded, St. Petersburg became Russia’s new capital city in 1712. The city would remain the country’s capital for the next 200 years. It was only during the Revolution of 1917, when the country started to cut itself off from its imperial history, that Moscow regained its title as Russia’s capital city. St. Petersburg is one of the most visited cities in Russia, attracting tourists for many reasons. Some come for the architecture, some for the history and others to experience the rich culture.