Saint Petersburg 2018
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About Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg is the largest centre of the world and Russian culture, known for its magnificent architectural ensembles, palaces, museums. The city is one of the most attractive tourist centres of the world.
The city was founded in 1703 as a ‘window to Europe’ and thus evolved as the most European city in Russia. Along with Russian architects and engineers, the city was built by foreigners. As a result, Saint Petersburg received extraordinary beauty of appearance, in which samples of Russian traditional architecture combined with the latest trends in Western European art.
Saint Petersburg is widely recognized for its unique architecture, monuments, museums and theatres – the State Hermitage Museum, the State Russian Museum, the Mariinsky Theatre, Philharmonic Hall, State University, as well as palaces and parks of Peterhof, Pushkin, Pavlovsk.
Saint Petersburg today is a cultural capital and second largest city in Russia after Moscow. Saint Petersburg is one of the most actively developing regions in Russia. Located on the shore of the Baltic Sea, Saint Petersburg is contiguous with countries of the European Union. The city offers plenty of hotels, a beautiful and efficient metro system and a modern airport with good connections to the city center. Saint Petersburg is less than a three hours flight from most European capitals.
With its large geoscience community, excellent facilities and beautiful architecture, Saint Petersburg has become a recognized city for holding large-scale international events. The city is renowned for its hospitality, outstanding research institutes and universities, convenient location between east and west and proximity to promising new areas, such as the Arctic region.