St. Petersburg is a city with 300 years of history. A few centuries is not a great age for a city. Yet, within just three centuries of rapid growth and development, seeing sudden transformations and seeking its own path, St. Petersburg has evolved into an “eternal city”, of unparalleled beauty and inner harmony. Elusive and mysterious, St. Petersburg occupies a unique place in Russian history. For over two hundred years, it was the glorious capital of the great Russian Empire and it still preserves the status of the country’s cultural and spiritual centre.
You can find useful information about the sights of St. Petersburg as well as opportunities and interesting events for the city’s guests on the official tourism portal of St. Petersburg: www.visit-petersburg.ru.
- St. Petersburg is the youngest of the great European cities. There is no other place in the world with so many neoclassical, eclectic, modernist and retrospective style buildings. St. Petersburg’s historical centre and its series of suburban palaces and gardens are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
- St. Petersburg is the northernmost of the world’s largest cities: the 60th parallel north on which it is located runs through Greenland, Alaska (Anchorage), Magadan and Norway’s capital Oslo. Thanks to its northern location, St. Petersburg is famous for its white nights, a key tourist sight of the city.
- St. Petersburg is the largest city in Europe that is not a capital. Since the early 19th century, it has had the fourth biggest population in Europe, at times exceeding Berlin, Vienna, Naples and Moscow, but always behind Paris and London.
- The territory under St. Petersburg’s jurisdiction totals 1,439 square kilometres. It is located next to the eastern tip of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea.
- Standing at the intersection of various sea, river and land routes, St. Petersburg is Russia’s gateway to Europe and the country’s strategic centre, the point closest to the countries of the European Union. It is home to representative offices of international organizations, consulates of various nations and the offices of federal ministries and agencies.
- St. Petersburg is the administrative centre of the North-Western Federal District, which includes the Republic of Karelia, Komi Republic, Arkhangelsk Region, Vologda Region, Kaliningrad Region, Leningrad Region, Murmansk Region, Novgorod Region, Pskov Region and the Nenets Autonomous Area.