here. Today, we’re going to travel over thirty-four hundred miles north through Europe to arrive at St. Petersburg, Russia.
Covering an area of 556 square miles, the former Russian capital of St. Petersburg was founded by Peter the Great on May 27, 1703. Because of its name, most people think the city was named for the famous leader, but in reality it is named after the apostle Saint Peter. Formerly known as Petrograd between 1914 and 1924, and Leningrad, from 1924 to 1991, St. Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia. It is located at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea and has over five million residents.
The city was originally built by Swedish colonists on the Neva River in 1611 as a fortress and called Nyenskans. During the Great Northern War in 1703, Peter the Great captured the city and replaced the fortress with the Peter and Paul Fortress, the original citadel. Conscripted peasants and prisoners of war constructed the city’s buildings.
Man-made rivers were created to drain the wetlands, water was diverted to the
There are more than 186 miles of canals in the city, sporting over 800 bridges. The Winter Canal connects the Bolshaya Neva with the Moika River near the Winter Palace. Dug in 1718-19, it is only 748 feet long, making it one of the shortest canals in the city. Its width is about sixty-five feet. Nearly four miles in length, the Griboedov Canal is one of the longest canals with twenty-four bridges spanning its width. The Canal is famous as the location of the place where revolutionaries killed Emperor Alexander II.
Westport, Connecticut, Lansing, Michigan, and Galveston, Texas are sister cities with St. Petersburg. Did you know that St. Petersburg is a canal city?
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