History

Historical events of St Petersburg

In order to understand the city, learn more about its history. So if you plan a trip to St Petersburg, here are some important and very interesting historical moments of Saint Petersburg, former Leningrad. The era of palace coups in Russia, governance of monarchy, hard and tense soviet times, the Siege – all events and happenings left their mark on the current life of the city, as well as its architecture, values and, of course, on people. Read about St Petersburg and visit it to see the history in real life.

Grigori Rasputin. Holy old man or a swindler on a global scale?

Grigori Rasputin was born in 1869 in the large village of Pokrovskoye in the Tobolsk province on the banks of the Siberian river Tura. Back in the middle of the 18th century, his ancestors, among the first settlers who mastered Siberia, settled in Pokrovskaya Sloboda. Father cultivated his allotment of land, and when the field […]

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May 9: The Victory Day in Russia

May 9 is a historical day celebrated by the Russians and people from the former Soviet Union republics. This year is special as May 9, 2020 is the 75th anniversary of the end of the Great Patriotic War. Usually this important holiday is celebrated with a military parade, concerts, fireworks and definitely, recognition of the […]

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Moscow view in Saint Petersburg

For about a century, there has been a fragment of the wall of the Moscow Kremlin in the center of St. Petersburg, puzzling Petersburgers, Muscovites, and other passers-by. There is a place in St. Petersburg, next to which all the buildings of the eighteenth to nineteenth century seem modern. A view of it opens unexpectedly […]

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Yuri Gagarin. “Poyehali”

April 12th is proclaimed the International Day of Human Space Flight, which is annually celebrated at the international level. In Russia, the holiday is called Cosmonautics Day. The date is timed to coincide with the first manned space flight, which was made by Y. A. Gagarin on the Vostok-1 spaceship on April 12, 1961. Yuri […]

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Girls with flowers standing together International Women’s Day Celebration in Russia

Although nowadays many people in Russia associate March 8 with an extra day-off, the holiday has very serious roots. So apart from getting to know a Russian way of celebrating International Women’s Day, below you can read about the historical origins of this spring holiday. Origins Initially, the date was created by a social movement. […]

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Lion statues in Saint Petersburg Russia Lion Statues in Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg is a very beautiful city, there is no doubt about that. But did you know, for instance, that apart from a variety of architectural styles the city streets are full of lions and sphinx. Those are sculptures, of course. Lions in Saint Petersburg vary: they are made of marble and gypsum, copper and […]

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Mikhailovsky Palace at Arts Square in St Petersburg Unique Architecture of Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg is known for its magnificent architecture. Thanks to Peter the Great, the city was built according to the European standards. Italian, German and Dutch architectural traditions inspired many looks of the city on the Neva river. Quite often Saint Petersburg is addressed as a cultural capital of Russia, since there you can see […]

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New logo of Saint Petersburg Russia Brand New Logo of Saint Petersburg Russia

Turquoise round as a symbol of a cold and northern sun that shines in the city all year round, and a font with drawbridge elements conclude a new logo of Saint Petersburg. This design work got very controversial feedback. It is suggested to use the logo on various billboards, published materials, souvenirs and in presentations. […]

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St Petersburg city center Interesting Facts about Saint Petersburg

The history of the city is full of interesting facts. To get to know popular and unusual sights of Saint Petersburg, read this section. In order to learn something special, keep reading. For instance, did you know that St Petersburg can be called a real tram capital? The thing is that its tram lines are […]

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Alexander Nevsky Monument in St Petersburg Alexander Nevsky: The Patron of St Petersburg

Most likely you heard the name “Nevsky” in many locations of Saint Petersburg. But what do you really know about Alexander Nevsky who lived in 1220-1263? Today I suggest you getting in the history and learning more about his outstanding personality. Early life Speaking of his regalia, Alexander Yaroslavovich Nevsky was as Prince of Novgorod, […]

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