This city is called in different ways - Northern Venice, North Palmira, North Aurora. But none of these names can fully express the glorious enchantment, inimitable elegance and unique charm and originality of Saint-Petersburg.
On the 27th of May 1703 Tsar Peter the Great founded a fortress and a city next to it, which was named after Saint Apostle Peter. And it took this new city, which was built according to a single draft, only 10 years to grow into a glamorous capital of Russia - Saint-Petersburg.
The unique feature of Saint-Petersburg is that not only the city itself was built according to a single design, harmonically matching the beautiful surroundings. Saint-Petersburg made a match to a marvellous ensemble, consisting of beautiful suburban palaces, mansions, wonderful parks. Peter's Petergoph, Ekaterina's Tsarskoye Selo, Pavel's Pavlovsk, Oranienbaum of Peter the Third...
For 200 years, beginning in 1712, Saint Petersburg was the capital of the Russian Empire. Being the centre of a great country, it inevitably attracted all kinds of people, both good and bad, but prominent, from every part of its huge territory. It witnessed many happy days, as well as tragedies. The XX century for Saint Petersburg is a tremendous transformation from the ideas and illusions of the socialist revolution, through the heroic survival in the Nazi Blockade during World War II (1941-1945) to its renaissance in 1991, when its historical name - Saint-Petersburg - was returned to the city.
Today Saint Petersburg is a major industrial, scientific, cultural and business centre of the new Russia, with a population over 5 mln people. The city is the centre of a free economic zone.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, a famous Russian writer, said: «Beauty will save the world». Saint Petersburg is the beauty itself, and if you doubt this - come and see it with your own eyes.