Coat of arms of the Russian Federation

City of Saint-Petersburg

The coat of arms of St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is a city of federal significance, an administrative center and an independent subject of the Russian Federation. It ranks second in terms of population (more than five million people) among Russian cities and the third among European cities.

It is located in the north-west of the country, in the Prinevskaya lowland. The Neva River flows through the city, flowing into the Baltic Sea through the Gulf of Finland, on the banks of which stands St. Petersburg. Its "white nights" are widely known, being echoes of long polar nights. This phenomenon, which is usually light in the dark, almost like in the daytime. In St. Petersburg, it can be observed from early June to mid-July.

No less popular and drawbridge bridges of this city, which number 13. In total in St. Petersburg there are more than 340 bridges, thrown across different reservoirs. They are in the northern capital near 200, and almost half of this number is the river. Peter (as this city is often called among the people) literally stands on the water, for which he was nicknamed "the second Venice".

Also, St. Petersburg has an honorable, albeit unofficial, title of "cultural capital" of Russia. And not in vain. People here, as a rule, are well educated, well-read, erudite, and also polite and benevolent: they always tell the way to a stray tourist. In addition, there are many museums, monuments, libraries, theaters, palaces and cathedrals in St. Petersburg. Most of these objects are of great cultural, historical and artistic value.

· Hermitage. This museum, founded by Catherine the Great, today is one of the largest in the world. His collection is extensive and diverse. Here are collected paintings and sculptures, ancient coins, archaeological finds, ancient household items and much more.

· The Cabinet of Curiosities. Speaking of Peter's museums, one can not fail to mention this one. Peter the First created this place as a collection of various extraordinary things. And, contrary to popular belief, not some abnormal, but quite natural, just unfamiliar to the Russian people, and therefore perceived as something outlandish.

· Bronze Horseman. This is the most famous monument in Russia to Peter the Great. Being in St. Petersburg, it's worth to go to the Senate Square to look at it.

In addition, it is worth noting such attractions as the Cruiser Aurora, Admiralty building, Peter and Paul Fortress and St. Isaac's Cathedral.

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