Saint Petersburg, formerly known as Petrograd until 1924, is a city in Russia.
It is the second largest city after Moscow with a population of over 5.3 million people.
It is the fourth most popular city in Europe.
As an important Russian port on the Baltic Sea, it is governed as a federal city.
In modern era, St. Petersburg is considered the northern capital and serves as a home to some federal government bodies. It is home to Russia’s Constitutional Court of Russia and the Heraldic Council of the President of the Russian Federation.
The city is also a seat for the National Library of Russia and Planned location for the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation.
The historic Center of Saint Petersburg and related groups of monuments constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hence, it is also referred to as the Russia’s Cultural Capital.
It is home to the Hermitage, one of the largest art museums in the world, and Europe’s tallest skyscraper, Lakhta Center.
The city is home to many home consulates, international corporations, banks and businesses.
8 THINGS TO DO AND NOT TO DO IN SAINT PETERSBURG.
- Do not leave your windows and curtains open at night. Instead, close them or use sleeping masks. The sun rises early and sets late.
- Do not forget your umbrella or warm clothes. Instead, no matter how warm it seems before you leave, always carry them even in the middle of the summer. The weather changes fast.
- Avoid using metro or buses during the rush hour. They are very much crowded and tiring. Instead, use a taxi.
- Don’t wait to line at the museum entrances. Instead, book a tour that has specific entrance time that you are sure of a timely entry.
- Don’t use black cabs. They are very expensive and you will be overcharged. Instead, arrange for a car or a taxi.
- Do not try to enter Russia without a visa. Instead, ensure you have all the required travel documents with you. Make sure also that the visa in registered in Russia upon arrival.
- Do not forget to keep some cash. Instead, although credit cards are widely accepted, it is always a good idea to have some cash with you for minor purchases.
- Avoid taking photos of the police. Instead, mind your own business and don’t give them a reason to harass you.
10 MOST INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT SAINT PETERSBURG
- The city has three names, Petrograd, Leningrad and Saint Petersburg.
- The city is home to more than 800 bridges with 12 movable ones.
- The 600 ton Alexander Column has stood vertical for 185 years under nothing more than just its weight.
- About 3 million people visit the Hermitage museum annually. None has ever seen the whole of it. It can take ten years to see it entirely.
- St. Isaac’s Cathedral can clearly be visible from the air. Funny part is that it was not bombed during the world war II.
- The Petersburg subway is one of the deepest in the world, lying 86m underground.
- St. Petersburg has a strange monument that has been stolen and recovered seven times. A statue of a bird, popular to locals as Chizhik-Pyzhik.
- It is the north most city in the world.
- The Hermitage collection has about 3 million exhibits located in 350 different rooms of five buildings.
- There are 15 cities in the United States with the name St. Petersburg.