Saint Petersburg is the city of bascule bridges and white nights, of emperors’ palaces and luxurious fountains, lodestone for artists and hymned by poets.
The year of foundation of the city is 1703. Today Saint Petersburg is one of the largest cities in Russia and Europe. It had been the capital of Russia for two centuries.
Saint Petersburg is located on 42 islands of the Neva River estuary, by the Gulf of Finland. 10% of the total city area is covered with water. The city takes the first place in Russia and is the world's leading city in terms of water amount. 68 rivers, canals, and streams cross the city in different directions. Therefore one of the main attractions of the Russian northern capital are bridges, amounting to 800, 13 of which are bascule bridges. In summer thousands of tourists come to the waterfront to see the bridges.
The deepest subway in the world is located in Saint Petersburg. The average depth of its stations is 70-80 meters, that is why there are no ground level stations.
Along with Paris, Rome and Venice, Saint Petersburg is in the UNESCO World Heritage List as the city which entire historic center is taken under the patronage of the government. More than 8000 objects of Saint Petersburg cultural heritage are now under state protection.
White Nights are light nights in early summer when twilight lasts all night. It is the characteristic feature of Saint Petersburg’s life. White nights last from June 11 to July 2 officially. Particularly during this period Saint Petersburg attracts many tourists from around the world.
Interesting facts about the main attractions of Saint Petersburg
Daily about 2 million people pass the main thoroughfare of the city - Nevsky Prospekt.
The Hermitage collection is one of the main attractions of Saint Petersburg. It has about 3 million items placed in 350 rooms of 5 buildings. In order to view the entire collection, one will have to spend 8 years and walk more than 20 kilometers, assuming that one stops near each item for only 1 minute.
Saint Petersburg is the city of contrasts; it combines wide and straight avenues with narrow streets, spacious squares with dark doorways. It is interesting that Saint Petersburg is different for different visitors. And no matter how many times you come here, every time you will discover something new.