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St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg (from 18 [31] August 1914 until January 26, 1924 – Petrograd, from January 26, 1924 to September 6, 1991 – Leningrad) – the second most populated city in Russia. The city of federal significance. Administrative center of the North-West Federal District and the Leningrad Region. It was founded on 16 (27) May 1703 by Peter I. In 1712-1918 the capital of the Russian state. The city is named in honor of St. Peter the heavenly patron of the founding king, but eventually became more and more associated with the name of Peter the Great himself. St. Petersburg is historically and culturally connected with the birth of the Russian Empire and Russia’s entry into modern history as a European superpower, is a symbol imperial power and military glory. Population: 5,281,579 (2017) people St. Petersburg is the most northern city in the world with a population of more than one million people. Among the cities completely located in Europe, St. Petersburg is the third most populous city, and also the first city with a large number of inhabitants, not the capital. The innovative scenario “Strategies for the development of St. Petersburg until 2030” suggests that by 2030 the population will be 5.9 million people. St. Petersburg, without a doubt, is the pearl of Russia. The city has thousands of bridges, the Russian Venice. The city of poets and poems, the city of museums and cathedrals. Tourist center of Russia. St. Petersburg is the most popular destination for tourists who come to Russia.

Panorama of the River Neva and the Palace Bridge in St. Petersburg, Russia in a white night