St. Petersburg is one of the greatest and most beautiful cities in the world, the historical and cultural importance of which is as big as that of Paris, London or Rome.
On the 27th of May 1703 the 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 only 10 years to grow into a glamorous capital of Russia — St. Petersburg.
St. Petersburg is the northern capital of Russia. It is the city of white nights, grandiose palaces, impressive cathedrals, wide streets, shady parks, numerous rivers and canals, the city of traditional hospitality and benevolence, the city with the open heart.
St. Petersburg is often referred to as the Northern Palmyra or Venice of the North, the symphony in stone.
Much of what is known outside Russia about the country's culture has come from this city. It was the birthplace of Russia's modern literature. It was from St. Petersburg that the Russian Ballet swept the West at the start of this century. It was in St.Petersburg that the Faberge craftsmen created splendid objects, fit to adorn the collections of royalty and millionaires.
In St. Petersburg there is a lot to be enjoyed. Here you can enjoy a visit to the world famous Mariinsky Opera and Ballet House, one of the richest collections of the world art — the State Hermitage Museum, Peter and Paul Fortress — the burial place of the Romanov Dynasty; St. Isaak's Cathedral — a Russian Orthodox cathedral, the fourth largest in the world; the Museum of Ethnography, containing the world famous "Silver Room"; and magnificent Royal summer residences — Peterhoff (Petrodvorets) — the summer home of Peter the Great, located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland; Town of Pushkin — the former Tsars' Village, residence of Catherine the Great; Pavlovsk — the former summer palace of Paul I.