Saint Petersburg - known as Leningrad in the former USSR - is called the 'Venice of the North' with its numerous canals and more than 400 bridges. It is the result of a vast urban project begun in 1703 under Peter the Great. Its architectural heritage reconciles the very different Baroque and pure neoclassical styles, as can be seen in the Admiralty shipyards which were founded by Peter the Great on the left bank of the Neva River in 1704, the Marble Palace which was built in 1768-1785 by A. Rinaldi, the Smolny Cathedral and Nunnery which was built in 1748-1769 after a design of B. Rastrelli, the modern styled Bolshoi Okhtinsky Bridge and the giant drawbridges, which span the wide Neva River...

Sight seeing
Palaces in St Petesburg