Thursday, December 25, 2014

Санкт-Петербург



Russia, Saint Petersburg 29-10-2013

Two postcard from one city also of same square. Its a St Isaac's Square an St Isaac's Cathedral/
First one is new and unwritten and second is written and satmped sent by friend, Spasiba Marina.
Saint Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia, politically incorporated as a federal subject.
It is located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea.
In 1914 the name of the city was changed from Saint Petersburg to Petrograd, in 1924 to Leningrad and in 1991 back to Saint Petersburg.
Saint Petersburg was founded by Tsar Peter the Great on May 27 1703. Between 1713–1728 and 1732–1918, Saint Petersburg was the imperial capital of Russia.
In 1918, the central government bodies moved from Saint Petersburg (then named Petrograd) to Moscow.
Saint Petersburg is often described as the most Western city of Russia, as well as its cultural capital.
It is the northernmost city in the world with a population of over one million.
Also home to The Hermitage, one of the largest art museums in the world.



Flag and coat of arms of St. Petersburg 







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