St. Petersburg, Russia
St. Petersburg, Russia.
www.liveworldtours.com
click for Other Tourist Place
St. Petersburg, Russia
Tourist
Other Details
Home
Victory against the Swedish
Russian settlers lived in Ingerman-land I Ingria) at the tip of the Gulf of Finland from the eighth century. Alexander of Novgorod drove off the Swedish in 1240 who ruled this thinly settled area, but in 1617 they once more annexed the territory, building fortifications along the River Neva to Lake Ladoga.
The great opportunity came for Czar Peter the Great with the start of the Northern War (1700-1721). One night he came with boats across Lake Ladoga, conquered the Noteburg fortifications at the point at which the Neva flows from the lake - today's Petrokrepost - and shortly after this took Nyenschanz on the lower reaches of the river. Peter did not delay in laying the foundation stone for the Peter and Paul fortress on the Sajatski Island in the mouth of the Neva. In the following year work began on the admiralty wharf diagonally opposite. The settlement, fortress, and wharf were quickly constructed. The new town was built on wooden piles using Amsterdam as an example. The grueling work was carried out by forced labor and many lost their lives. They say St. Petersburg is built on men's bones.
Although initially the marsh area was only populated by small wooden houses Peter moved his capital here from Moscow in 1712. The Czar compelled both aristocracy and citizens to resettle on the Baltic from deep inside Russia. The first masonry building, which is still standing, was constructed in 1710 for Prince Alexander Danilovski Menskikov, the first governor.
Following the Peace of Nystad in 1721 architects came from throughout Europe to create a unique and extensive collection of fine buildings: Baroque and Rococo in the eighteenth century and Classical in the nineteenth century.
Only ruins remained of the many magnificent buildings of the inner city when troops besieged and bombarded the then Leningrad between 1941 and 1944 for 900 days. After the war the Soviets undertook tremendous efforts to rebuild the Czar's city and give it back its for-
mer sparkle. By 1960 the city once more radiated its full beauty
St. Petersburg, Russia
POPULATION 
According to the latest census, taken in 2000, 4,695,000 people currently live in St. Petersburg.

CLIMATE 
 The St. Petersburg climate is influenced by the huge expanses of the Atlantic Ocean and its immediate proximity to the Gulf of Finland; water also accounts for 10% of the city's area - a great number of rivers, lakes and marshes.

The region varies from a marine to a continental climate, mild and humid, with a significant amount of cloudy weather, frequent mists and substantial rainfall. In summer the city enjoys periods of hot, dry weather when the temperature can reach 35 degrees C. The average temperature in winter is - 7.8 degrees C.
Time Zone: GMT +3, Eastern +8 

St. Petersburg, Russia

The first thing a visitor should do is picking up “St.Petersburg: The Official City Guide”, an excellent full-color quarterly freebie, or buy the pocket edition of the Traveler's Yellow Pages. The Friday edition of The St.Petersburg Times and the monthly Pulse are both free and have good listings and reviews. All the hostels can provide everything from invitations and accommodation bookings to theatre tickets, restaurant advice and general help and advice should something go wrong. The City Tourist Information Office at 41, Nevskiy prospect is still near the bottom of a steep learning curve.

You should always have identification. It is advisable to carry photocopies of your passport and visa, showing that they have been registered. Frequent random checks by police are taking place, more usually on men. Besides passport and visa are wanted to change money, and to buy train tickets, book hotel rooms and in numerous other situations.

St. Petersburg, Russia

In St.Petersburg, as in any large city, you should watch out for pickpockets working in public places, such as on crowded public transport (especially at metro electric trains) or in markets and other touristy spots. Keep money and documents in inner pockets, try not to flash big means, don't leave your baggage unsupervised, have an eye on your handbag (it could be cut up insensibly and you will loose your purse). Stand as far as possible from Gypsies, including the children. Don't give them money and the like. You wan't even notice when all your valuables are disappeared. Walking out late alone in deserted dark areas (courtyards and parks) or after drinking would make you a good target for offenders.
St. Petersburg, Russia

Be warned about persons representing themselves as police and wanting to check your pockets, you may find lack of money after a time. Police is allowed to inspect you only at the police station. In case of stopping you in the street dial (on your mobile phone) the special police number arranged for foreigners and explain the situation. You should obtain the officer's name, badge (ID) number, and patrol car number, and note where it happened.Verify your change carefully before leaving the cashier or seller.

St. Petersburg, Russia


Tourist
Other Details
Home
Live India
World's Most Beautiful Cities
Rajesh Chopra

Editor-in-Chief

LiveIndia.com

Rajesh Chopra
Privacy Policy for liveworldtours.com
City guide to St. Petersburg, Russia with information on travel, transport, shopping, cheap flights, airports, hotel booking, sights, attractions, events and more
Privacy Policy for liveworldtours.com

.