Saint Petersburg in Brief
The federal city of St. Petersburg, the Сapital of Leningrad Region, is a Russian port city situated at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. The City was founded by Tsar Peter I on May 27, 1703. The Swiss-Italian architect Domenico Trezzini was his first great builder of his new Capital. St. Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia with a metropolitan population of 5,225,690. As of 2016. In Europe, it makes it the 3rd largest one ( after Moscow and London ), the 1st one not being a capital and the northernmost one in the world with more than 1 million population. The City is divided into eighteen districts which are in turn subdivided into municipal towns and municipal settlements.
There are 342 bridges in the “Venice of the North” — 13 of which are drawbridges across the Neva River, the main waterway of the City....
with the town situated along its banks and across the islands of its broad delta. It is one of the largest rivers in Europe by volume of water and also one of the world's shortest major rivers at only 74 kilometers. The greatness of Russia's northern capital, with its horizontal silhouette coupled with vertical landmarks and its ensembles of embankments and squares, lies in the heart of the city's “imperial” spirit, its genius loci. The main feature and attraction of Saint Petersburg's historical centre is characterized by a perfect harmony of architecture and waterscapes.