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The artwork of Peter the Great

NOVEMBER 7, 2019 3 min. read
The artwork of Peter the Great

The reign of Peter the Great was very successful. He thoughtfully expanded the borders of his country in the 20th year of the Northern War; took over Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania from Sweden and add to his lands. Peter I, innovator, supporter of science and development, founded St. Petersburg as a window into Europe to build a European like Russian city, to control the newly occupied lands and trade relations from the west. The city's first building is the Peter and Paul Fortresses. It is designed by Domenico Trezzini, an Italian-Swedish architect on the island of "hare" at the coast of the Neva River, and Peter the Great put a stone in the building.

Peter was in love with the city he founded. He moved his throne and began to live in this city, the construction of which started in 1703, ten years later. About 40,000 people were involved in the creation of the town. Some of them died during the construction and were buried in the foundation of the city. Peter the Great wanted to see St. Petersburg as an already populated city and ordered that every province provide deportation of some families from its territory. By 1725 it has become the second-largest city in Russia.

However, you know the infamous story of the throne: The younger grandson of Peter the Great moved the capital back to Moscow as soon as he came to power. Nevertheless, his grandson died at a very young age, and Anna, the daughter of the former king, Peter's sick brother, became Empress. As her uncle, Anna, "owner of the dark era," was inclined to the art and moved the capital to St. Petersburg and continued to build the infrastructure of the city that attracts millions of tourists today.

The 'Venice of Europe,' the cultural city St. Petersburg, attracts nearly 5 million tourists every year. White Nights, the world's second-largest art museum Hermitage, the Baroque-style architectural monuments, bridges over the Neva River, and countless examples of art make the city even more attractive in the world.

St. Petersburg, with a population of over a million, is the closest to the North Pole and famous White nights dominating at the end of May and beginning of June give the city a unique reputation. At this time the sun sets at 10 pm, the town is seething, there are many festivals, theater performances, and fireworks which rightly become the source of interest. Summer concerts, yoga lessons, movie shows, all local restaurants, and cafes are waiting for the flow of people. If you have not seen St. Petersburg during this period, you cannot say 'I was in Petersburg!'; you should stay awake at least one of these nights, visit Peter and Paul fortress which dates back to 1905 and 1917, take a walk in the marble garden of the Winter Palace which is the Romanovs' home. You should also swim in the cold waters of the Kamarova beach near the Finnish Gulf, witness the opening of the Trinity bridge and watch opera and ballet performances at the Mariinsky Theater (which premiered the works of Rimski-Korsakov and Mussogorsky, from the holy Russian fifth, at the theater named after the wife of Alexander II). 

As you can see, the city is a real cultural place. However, this is not everything. As mentioned above, each of the 5 million tourists visiting Petersburg every year also go to Hermitage. It is said not by an emotional blogger because of love to the city, but the statistics! Isn't it interesting?! If you had to spend just a minute on seeing every exhibit (in total more than three million) at Hermitage, the world's second-largest museum, you would have spent eight to eleven years of your life to this museum. Therefore, you can easily find guide books in the library on How to walk in Hermitage". Tickets to the museum are cheap, range from $ 5-10; it is best to get a ticket online to avoid long queues. Besides, the museum is free of charge on the third Thursday of each month. Doors open at 10.30 am, and the museum closes at 6 pm on even days and 9 pm on odd days.

As for transportation, St. Petersburg is convenient in this regard - with single transport tickets, you can easily use buses, trolleybuses, subways. Using the metro in Petersburg is an ideal opportunity not only for transportation but also for seeing beautiful paintings and artworks. 

There are many cities worth visiting in the country as wealthy as Russia. You have to see Kaliningrad, a western architecture with a German spirit; Kazan, a Tatar town with a beautiful mosque and churches dating from the 16th century on the Volga and Kazan rivers; Krasnaya Polyana resort for forest, beach, skiing, Sochi on the Black Sea coast with dolphinarium; Suzdal, reminiscent of 11th-century Kievski Russian villages of ancient Slavs; the cities of Irkutsk, which are considered to be Shamanic settlements on the shores of Baykal. The country has the resources to make every tourist happy. It can be the human-made monuments, artworks, or nature, also the diversity of people. Nevertheless, if your next travel plan is about architecture and aesthetics, definitely spend your time for St. Petersburg. You will not regret it!

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