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Interesting facts about St Petersburg

In this review we have gathered the most important and amazing facts about St. Petersburg
Interesting facts about St Petersburg
In this review we have gathered the most important and amazing facts about St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg is not like other cities in Russia. He is more strict. He reminds about the glorious imperial past. He was the capital for a long time, but gave way to Moscow. Many of those who created the history of our country, our world, grew up in this city.

And yet, there are many surprising facts about our city that few people know. By the way, did you know that St. Petersburg is the northernmost city in the world with a population over 1 million people? or that Petersburg is the third most populous city in Europe? In this review, we have collected for you only the most interesting facts about the Northern Capital of Russia.

St. Petersburg is not like other cities in Russia. He is more strict. He reminds about the glorious imperial past. He was the capital for a long time, but gave way to Moscow. Many of those who created the history of our country, our world, grew up in this city.

And yet, there are many surprising facts about our city that few people know. By the way, did you know that St. Petersburg is the northernmost city in the world with a population over 1 million people? or that Petersburg is the third most populous city in Europe? In this review, we have collected for you only the most interesting facts about the Northern Capital of Russia.

1. St. Petersburg had 3 names

Our city, in fact, had 3 names. Historically, the city was called and renamed several times, but always in honor of the great politicians - Peter the Great and Vladimir Lenin. Until 1914 - St. Petersburg, from 1914 to 1924 - Petrograd, from 1924 to 1992 - Leningrad, from 1992 - again St. Petersburg.

2. The Highest Cathedral in Russia

Peter & Paul Cathedral is the highest cathedral in Russia. The height of its bell tower is 122.5 meters. By the way, from 1733 to 2012, the cathedral was the tallest building in St. Petersburg, and until 1952 it was the tallest in Russia.

2. The Highest Cathedral in Russia

Peter & Paul Cathedral is the highest cathedral in Russia. The height of its bell tower is 122.5 meters. By the way, from 1733 to 2012, the cathedral was the tallest building in St. Petersburg, and until 1952 it was the tallest in Russia.

3. Hospitable Nevsky Prospect

Nevsky Prospect is the warmest part of the city. The temperature difference with the suburbs in summer is 2–3 degrees; in winter 10-12 degrees higher. By the way, according to statistics, about 2 million people travel every day along the central street of the city.

4. Priceless collection of the Hermitage

The Hermitage collection has about 3 million exhibits located in 350 rooms of five buildings. To inspect the entire collection, lingering at each exhibit for only 1 minute, you will have to spend 8 years of life and walk more than 20 kilometers.

4. Priceless collection of the Hermitage

The Hermitage collection has about 3 million exhibits located in 350 rooms of five buildings. To inspect the entire collection, lingering at each exhibit for only 1 minute, you will have to spend 8 years of life and walk more than 20 kilometers.

5. Amazing Michailovskiy castle

The architecture of St. Petersburg is so different that during the construction of the Mikhailovsky Castle (now the Russian Museum), all four facades of the building had to be made in different architecture styles. The castle is made in this form to achieve harmony with the surrounding architectural environment.

6. Unique Neva River system

The length of the Neva River is only 74 km, but despite this, it flows through the territory a little less than the territory of Italy. The Neva delta includes the lakes Ladoga, Onega, Saimaa, Ilmen, as well as the Svir, Volkhov and Vuoksa rivers. In the world there is only one similar water system - the Great Lakes in North America. The main river of St. Petersburg Neva carries more water than the Don and the Dnieper combined.

6. Unique Neva River system

The length of the Neva River is only 74 km, but despite this, it flows through the territory a little less than the territory of Italy. The Neva delta includes the lakes Ladoga, Onega, Saimaa, Ilmen, as well as the Svir, Volkhov and Vuoksa rivers. In the world there is only one similar water system - the Great Lakes in North America. The main river of St. Petersburg Neva carries more water than the Don and the Dnieper combined.

7. St. Petersburg has a popular name

Since we mentioned North America, here`s another amazing fact. In the United States of America there are 15 cities with the name Petersburg. St. Petersburg in Florida (on photo) is the largest one.

8. St Petersburg is the North Venice

10% of the total area of St. Petersburg is covered with water. The city is located on 42 islands, has over 300 bridges. From the Troitskiy Bridge you can see 7 other bridges, and from Kashin bridge (through the Griboedov Canal) 9 other bridges!

8. St Petersburg is the North Venice

10% of the total area of St. Petersburg is covered with water. The city is located on 42 islands, has over 300 bridges. From the Troitskiy Bridge you can see 7 other bridges, and from Kashin bridge (through the Griboedov Canal) 9 other bridges!

9. Column without supports

The Alexander Column, 47.5 meters high and weighing about 700 tons, is crowned with an angel figure with a cross. The column is not fixed and is held by its own gravity. At first, citizens were afraid to pass by the column and avoided it. Then the author of the monument, Auguste de Montferrand, began to stroll every day near the column, convincing the citizens of his actions about the safety of his building.

10. The deepest metro in the world

The deepest metro in the world is in St. Petersburg. The city was built on a swampy area, so the subway tunnels had to be laid under the bedrock. The tunnels of the St. Petersburg metro lie at a depth of about 70-80 meters.

10. The deepest metro in the world

The deepest metro in the world is in St. Petersburg. The city was built on a swampy area, so the subway tunnels had to be laid under the bedrock. The tunnels of the St. Petersburg metro lie at a depth of about 70-80 meters.

11. "Blue bridge" - One of the widest brigdes in the world

"Blue" bridge in St. Petersburg, thrown across the river Moika, is the widest bridge in the city and one of the widest in the world. Its width is 97.3 meters. Because of its record width, it almost equals the width of St. Isaac's Square.

12. Petersburg is the capital of trams

St. Petersburg is the capital of trams. The length of the tram tracks in the city is more than 600 km. This fact is listed in the Guinness Book of Records.

12. Petersburg is the capital of trams

St. Petersburg is the capital of trams. The length of the tram tracks in the city is more than 600 km. This fact is listed in the Guinness Book of Records.

13. The first railway of Russia appeared in Petersburg

One more thing about transport. St. Petersburg became the first city in Russia, where in 1837 the first Russian railway St. Petersburg - Tsarskoe Selo was opened.

14. First public museum in Russia was founded in St. Petersburg

In 1714, Peter the Great opened the first public museum in Russia, the Kunstkamera, in St. Petersburg. Today it is the most famous museum of anthropology and ethnography in Russia. The museum collection has over a million expositions revealing the ethnographic and historical features of the people all over the world.

14. First public museum in Russia was founded in St. Petersburg

In 1714, Peter the Great opened the first public museum in Russia, the Kunstkamera, in St. Petersburg. Today it is the most famous museum of anthropology and ethnography in Russia. The museum collection has over a million expositions revealing the ethnographic and historical features of the people all over the world.

15. One of a kind - the monument to Nicholas I

The monument to Nicholas I on St. Isaac`s Square, created by Peter Klodt, the only equestrian monument in the world that has only two points of support.


You can find even more interesting information about our city in Most Petersburg travel guide.

Prepared my Most Petersburg, 30.10.2018
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