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Friday, May 27, 2011

Happy Birthday St. Peterburg

After winning access to the Baltic Sea through his victories in the Great Northern War, Russian Czar Peter I founds the city of St. Petersburg as the new Russian capital on May 27 1703.

Today it is one of the world's major cities, which has more to offer than just the Hermitage Museum and the Kirov Ballet. It is one of the biggest cultural centers in the world, a city with an exceptionally rich history, centuries old traditions and a promising future.

Czar Peter crafted the world's most fascinating city on more than 45 islands, modeling it in a French style by employing the world's greatest architects.

The islands are connected by more than 342 bridges, of which 21 are raised at night. This gives the city its nickname "The Venice of the North". It is therefore little wonder that the city is called a "Museum in the Open Air".

Among the majestic memorials, you can feel the breath of intellectual life, which was brought into St. Petersburg by Peter the Great. The most famous professors, such as Leibnitz from Germany, worked on a project for the creation of the Science Academy and other institutes.
Today St. Petersburg is ranked alongside Paris and Rome as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

It is a great location to visit on a land tour and even a better cruise port of call.

Got questions about a St. Petersburg journey just ask as I’ve been there.