Known to many as the “Window to the West,” Saint Petersburg is one of Russia’s most beautiful cities. Home to and inspiration for countless poets, writers, and artists, the city possesses some of Russia’s greatest historical treasures, including one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, and several of Eastern Orthodoxy’s most famous cathedrals.
St Petersburg was founded by Peter the Great in 1703.
Peter and Paul Fortress is the first building to be constructed in the city. The place was planned to be the fortress to defend the city.
The whole historic center of Petersburg is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site with estimated 8000 landmarks. In comparison, There are only 2 World Heritage Sites in Moscow – Red Square and Kremlin.
St. Petersburg is a proud owner of 800 bridges, 13 of them are drawbridges.
To explore the Hermitage collection, stopping at each exhibit only for 1 minute, you will have to spend 8 years of life and walk more than 20 kilometers.
The eternal flame has been burning since 1957 and was the first eternal flame in Russia.
Unique feature of Saint P is White nights in June. It’s the time when the day is very long and the sun shines till the midnight and then rises in couple hours, so the nights are not dark.
There are 15 cities in the world that has the same name – Saint Petersburg.
Saint Petersburg metro is one of the deepest subways in the world: some stations are 70-80 meters deep and go under the water.
Saint- Petersburg is the world capital of trams, the street length is 600km. This fact is registered in Guinness World Records.