Awesome St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg’s history and culture is very rich and varied.
During the war with Sweden, Peter the Great built a fortress employing the Swiss-Italian architect
Domenico Trezzini, and then later around this fortress the city was built. From 1703 onwards the
best European and later Russian architects implemented the brilliant ideas of Peter the Great and
his successors for building a truly beautiful European city and port open for trade and
co-operation with the entire world!
St. Petersburg was the Russian capital city from 1712 until 1918. In those 200+ years 300 palaces
were built for the Imperial Family and other nobility.
Three revolutions took place in the city between 1905 and 1917, the latter dramatically changing
not only life in Russia but in the whole world.
St. Petersburg changed its original name to Petrograd in 1914, then to Leningrad in 1924 and back
to St. Petersburg in 1991.
It was awarded the Golden Star “City-Hero” award for showing mass heroism during the 1941 to 1944
siege of the 2nd World War.
Despite all the hard years of wars and revolutions, and especially during the disastrous
bombardments of the 2nd World War, the city has managed to preserve and restore its cultural
heritage and treasures.
St. Petersburg is famous for its beautiful 18th and 19th century architecture, parks and
gardens with fountains artistically surrounded by wrought-iron lace fences, numerous scenic
rivers and canals spanned by arching bridges…
It is no surprise that the huge historic centre of the city is known as the “Museum under
One can endlessly describe the beauty and attractions of St. Petersburg often called “The
Northern Venice” and if you include into your itinerary ‘The Overview City Tour’ with guide
and driver, or a boat trip along the rivers and canals, you will have an excellent chance
to appreciate for yourself the city’s picturesque embankments, broad streets and squares with
their historical monuments and architectural treasures such as: Rostrum Columns and the building
of the Stock-Exchange on the Spit of the Basil Island with an incredible view of the river Neva,
the Hermitage, the Admiralty and St. Peter and St. Paul Fortress, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, The
Bronze Horseman on the Senate square, The Eternal Flame in the Field of Mars, Michael Castle also
called Engineering Castle and many more, and you will get to know why they are called so and what
historical events they are famous for.
And, of course, ‘The Overview City Tour’ will allow you to become acquainted with St. Petersburg’s
modern life, and to feel the city’s vibrant pulse.
Whether you choose major attractions or ‘off the beaten track’ places – you will certainly take
away unforgettable memories of the breathtakingly awesome city of St. Petersburg.