Russia At a Glance. Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg is one of the most beautiful metropolitan cities in the world. It is the second largest city in Russia (more than 5 million people). It is located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, 720 km from Moscow. It has many unofficial names and titles, such as the City on the Neva, St. Pete, Northern and Cultural capital of Russia, the cradle of the revolution, the city of white nights... It is famous for its numerous rivers and canals connected by bridges, architectural monuments, and plenty of tourist attractions. It has a rich history and is one of the symbols of Russian statehood in general.
Saint Petersburg and some territories in the Leningrad Region are known for their creative spaces, loft projects, roof tours, and other popular entertainments and art locations.
Almost all cultural institutions in Saint Petersburg provide considerable discounts for students. On certain days of the week, you can get free admission to most museums, in particular, the State Hermitage Museum, the State Russian Museum and its branches, the Puppet Museum, the State Museum of the History of Religion, the Russian Museum of Ethnography, the Kunstkamera Museum, and the Suvorov Museum.
Saint Isaac's Square
This is one of the most beautiful and main squares in Saint Petersburg. The square ensemble comprises St. Isaac's Cathedral, Monument to Nickolas I, the Mariinsky Palace, administrative buildings, hotels, and the Blue Bridge over the Moika River. The square is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Several historical and architectural landmarks at once are concentrated here. Among them are the former residence of Russian emperors – the Winter Palace as well as Small and New Hermitages, the General Staff building with the Triumphal Arch, the Alexander Column dedicated to the victory of Russia in the Napoleonic War. The square is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
This is one of the oldest architectural centers in Saint Petersburg. On the north side, it is opened to the Neva River, and we can see St. Isaac's Cathedral behind Alexander Garden to the south. On the west side are the Senate and Synod buildings. To the east is the Admiralty building. The Bronze Horseman, a monument to Russian Emperor Peter I, is a calling card of the square and a symbol of the city.