Interesting facts about Saint Petersburg

Known in the former Soviet space the word "bully" originates from the Petrograd City hostels proletariat or simply Gopa. In the old days there was a terrible crime, so the word began to refer to all and not law-abiding citizens, without specific cultural knowledge.

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Few people know, but Saint Petersburg is the largest city is not the capital values in Europe. Since the XIX century, he kept four of the biggest European cities, is an interesting fact.

In the Period from 1914 to 1924 Saint Petersburg was called Petrograd. After coming to power of the Bolsheviks, the city was renamed to Leningrad. So it was 67 years before 1991, when the Soviet Union collapsed. From 1991 to the present day the city is called St. Petersburg.

Interesting fact: in the 30-ies of the last century, the Bolsheviks wanted to replace the angel atop the Alexander column at the statue of Lenin.

Interesting fact: the total length of the tram network of St. Petersburg had exceeded 600 km! In this parameter it is listed in the Guinness Book of Records.

Peter and Paul Cathedral is the highest in Russia! Together with the bell tower and Golden spire it reached the height of 122.5 meters, is an interesting fact.

Near St. Petersburg is the deepest in the world underground. Its depth reaches 80 meters.

Interesting fact: the city is not only the cultural capital of Russia, but also the main economic, industrial and tourist center of the country. Saint Petersburg is located at the crossroads of major trade and shipping routes, which provides the city with a permanent job and all the necessary food.

Saint Petersburg is the northernmost major city in the world, as it is located on the 60th parallel. This parallel takes place in Greenland, Alaska and Oslo (capital of Norway). This location is a huge plus, as it attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world to see "white nights" of St. Petersburg.

More than 10% of the city is water.

Interesting fact: the Hermitage is one of the most famous and biggest museums in the world. On its territory there are about 3 million different works of art. They are all located in 5 buildings in 350 halls.

Fans of the "interesting numbers" estimated that in the Hermitage 1 minute walk through each of the 3 million works of art will take you 8 years of life. Besides, you have to go 20 km away. this is why it organizes special tours and excursions at the best exhibits, is an interesting fact.

Michael, or as it is called the castle, has a different architectural style of each façade. This is done in order to harmonize the cultural image of St. Petersburg and to give the architectural integrity of each area of the city.

Interesting fact: Nevsky Prospekt is the most visited road of the city. Every day there are almost 2 million people!

In St. Petersburg there are more than 800 bridges and almost 100 Islands, no European city has such a large number of river routes and interchanges. Through the city runs the 64 rivers and about 50 channels.

In the USA there are 15 cities, called Petersburg. The largest city is St. Petersburg (Florida), is an interesting fact.

Saint Petersburg deserves its title of cultural capital of Russia. The fact is that throughout the city there are nearly 2,000 libraries! Also there are about 100 sites for concerts and festivals, 220 museums and 45 galleries. Every year there is 50 international competitions, contests and exhibitions.

Interesting fact: according to official statistics, during the Second world war in the period from 1941 to 1943 the city's population decreased by 4.5 – 5 times.

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