St. Petersburg is a city on the River Neva

St. Petersburg is a unique city whose construction and development began not with a small settlement, port or transport hub, but with the decision of one person – the Russian Emperor Peter I. Deciding to make Russia a sea power, the autocrat laid a new city on the shores of the Baltic Sea and made it his capital.

According to the founder's plan, the main stream of visitors to St. Petersburg was to be from its waterways. That is why the main places of interest are located along the Neva river and its tributaries. Here you'll find the Admiralty Building, the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Kronstadt fortifications, and the Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral. It is worth noting on the map of the city the significant monuments of church architecture: St. Isaac's and St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on Blood and the Alexander Nevsky Lavra. In the suburbs you'll find other popular places such as; the Peterhof Palace and Tsarskoe Selo.

Saint Petersburg is rightly called the cultural capital. Here you'll find the Hermitage, the Faberge Museum, the State and Naval Museums. The Mariinsky Theatre, which hosts performances of opera and ballet also opens its doors to guests. To explore all the main places of interest, plan ahead and use the city guide.

In order to help move the 5 million residents of St. Petersburg and the millions of tourists around the city, there is an extensive network of public transport. Until the early 2000s, one of the world's most developed tram networks operated here. In the 21st century, the number of tram routes was greatly reduced. There are trolleybus and metro lines and a lot of fixed-route taxis.

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