St Petersburg, Russia
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Saint Petersburg is a city in Russia. It is located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. This city has had many names. It started as Saint Petersburg, and then was changed to Petrograd, then Leningrad, and back to Saint Petersburg. This is Russia’s second largest city, following Moscow. It is often referred to as the Venice of the North, as the city is defined by water. It is an important Russian port on the Baltic Sea, there are canals in the backstreets, and the Neva River and bay provided a vital conduit for the city and surrounding countryside.
Saint Petersburg’s economy is based on trade, the financial industry, and its roll as an industrial centre in Russia. Saint Petersburg is at the centre of the oil and gas trade, aerospace, shipbuilding, electronics, software, machine building, transportation, and many other industries. Major businesses include Admiralty Shipyard, Baltic Shipyard, LOMO, Kirov Plant, Elektrosila, Izhorskiye Zavody, Sovkomflot, Petersburg Fuel Company, and SIBUR. The city also features local distillers, including the oldest, LIVIZ founded in 1897 and still producing vodka. There are many options for executive suites in and around Saint Petersburg.
Entertainment And Dining Out
The Hermitazh (Hermitage) is the fabulous baroque Winter Palace that was built specifically to house Russia’s incredible collection of arts and antiquities. Founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great, there are over three million pieces displayed in the Winter Palace galleries. Highlights of the collection include works by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Raphael, and more. Besides the displays, the interior of the museum is a showpiece on its own. The ceilings are gilded; there are marble colonnades, crystal chandeliers, and fabulous mosaic floors. Restaurants include 1913 – a casually elegant dining experience that offers traditional Russian cuisine and large portions. Another choice is Bagrationi – featuring live music and Georgian food. Everything is prepared fresh, and there are half-portions for lighter eaters.
Saint Petersburg is served by Pulkovo International Airport, for most of the International and domestic travel. There are three smaller commercial and cargo airports in the suburbs that handle regional flights. Lappeenranta Airport, which is located near Saint Petersburg on the Finnish side of the border, is also popular for Russian travellers. Saint Petersburg public transportation includes trams, conventional buses, trolley buses, metro trains, and marshrutnoye taxis (minivans, also known as marshrutka). The M10, M11, M18, and M20 are all major roads that lead into Saint Petersburg from throughout Russia.