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St Petersburg Introduction


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St. Petersburg has had three names in less than 100 years, changes that mirror the shifting political winds of Mother Russia. The names of its places and people are a roll call of Russian history of the 19th and 20th centuries: the Winter Palace, the czars, Dostoyevsky, the Catherine Palace, Tchaikovsky, Lenin.  Click here to see the full St Petersburg travel guide on Travel42 »

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St Petersburg Geography


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St. Petersburg is as far north as Seward, Alaska, and is more populous than any city at that latitude. It experiences White Nights during the summer when the north pole is tilted closest to the sun, meaning that St. Petersburg only has a few hours of darkness a day in the summer months.   Click here to see the full St Petersburg travel guide on Travel42 »

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St Petersburg History


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St. Petersburg was founded by progressive-minded Czar Peter the Great in 1703 near the site of a captured Swedish fortress. But the founding of St. Petersburg wasn't easy. More than 300,000 prisoners of war and conscripts died leveling hills, draining marshes and building ornate baroque palaces. Peter made the new city the capital of Russia and insisted that nobles from Moscow relocate there. The city entered a building boom under czarinas Elizabeth and Catherine the Second (the Great) and Czar Alexander I, giving St. Petersburg many of its most famous buildings. It was during this period, 1741-1825, that the city became one of the most grandiose capitals in all of Europe.   Click here to see the full St Petersburg travel guide on Travel42 »

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St Petersburg Sightseeing & Things to Do


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For visual and decorative arts, it's hard to beat the famous 1,367-sq-ft/127-sq-m Hermitage Museum, which ranks among the world's finest. Allow at least half a day just to look at the room decorations, but days and days if you really want to see the museum's incredible art. The bulk of the collection is housed in the Winter Palace, the former home of the czars and one of the focal points of the 1917 revolution. Afterward, stroll along Nevsky Prospekt, the city's main street for shopping and restaurants, and visit St. Isaac's Cathedral—there is a wonderful view of the city from its tower.  Click here to see the full St Petersburg travel guide on Travel42 »

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St Petersburg Nightlife


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Although there's far more nightlife in St. Petersburg than ever before, foreigners who speak no Russian should probably think twice before going out alone to casinos and bars. Lone foreigners drinking at night might find themselves marked for a mugging. Go with a friend and enjoy yourself.   Click here to see the full St Petersburg travel guide on Travel42 »

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St Petersburg Restaurants & Dining


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Leningrad was never a fine-dining destination, but St. Petersburg is becoming one in its democratic resurgence. Almost overnight, hundreds of new restaurants have sprung up. Russian cuisine, too, is enjoying a domestic renaissance. The cuisines of neighboring Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan are spicier than Russian cooking and well worth trying.  Click here to see the full St Petersburg travel guide on Travel42 »

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