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St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg, Russia


Northern European Itineraries

Built to be the capital of Tsarist Russia and site of heroic resistance during WWII, the nation’s second-largest city is graced by glittering palaces, legendary museums, and opulent churches and theaters. Even with an extra-long day in port, cruisers can only nibble at the possibilities afforded by this great city.

St. Petersburg Cathedral

AMBIENCE

Russia’s “Window to the West” was built by Tsar Peter the Great to make his capital easily accessible to the rest of Europe and to impress the world. The city’s great buildings and churches, some in distinctive pale blue and white, recall those days, and the red brick walls of Peter and Paul Fortress still command the river. Though the seat of government returned to Moscow after the Revolution, buildings, parks, and boulevards are still worthy of a capital city, and construction is restricted, to protect the traditional skyline. Built in the Neva River delta, this “Venice of the North” encompasses dozens of islands as well as urban sprawl on the mainland. Headline attractions include the Hermitage (Winter Palace), the art museum second only to the Louvre; the onion domes of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, Peterhof Palace, the resting place of the tsars in Peter and Paul Cathedral, Catherine Palace and its famous Amber Room, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Mariinsky Theatre, shopping on Nevsky Prospekt...

HISTORY

Swedes built the first fort and town here, in 1611, which fell to Russia in 1703. The Romanov government moved here in 1712.This is where the Bolsheviks stormed the Winter Palace and seized power in late 1917, renaming the city Leningrad and moving the government back to Moscow. During World War II Leningrad endured one of history’s most bitter sieges, 872 days that cost over a million Russian lives.

FACTS

Size: 556 sq. mi. (1,439 sq. km.)
Climate: Humid Continental Temperatures: 52°F (11°C) to 70°F (21°C)
Population4,879,566 Busy Season Summer
Language: Russian, English Money: Ruble () $1 US=36
Time Zone: Moscow (UTC+4) Transportation: Walking, buses, subway
Phones: 001-7-814 from US. Dial 112 for emergencies, police (in English) 164-9787
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