St. Petersburg through the eyes of its citizens – Lyudmila Krylova

Hello dear friends! If you are reading this, then you are interested in Russia and Saint-Petersburg. I would like to congratulate you, in my view, on the remarkable event – the opening of direct flights to Saint Petersburg. This will allow us to get to know each other better as the last decades have not given us a chance to see the changes of Zagreb and St. Petersburg cities and certainly of Russia.

St. Petersburg

My name is Lyudmila Krylova and I am the guide in St.Petersburg. I would like to tell you  briefly about the city where I was born and have lived the most part of my life.

When people hear the name St. Petersburg, everyone knows what kind of city it is. But there are other fifteen cities with the same name in the world and they are dedicated as well as our city to the Saint Peter. The name is translated as the city of Saint Peter. The same name had the founder of our city- the emperor Peter I, a.k.a. Peter Alekseevich Romanov and Peter the Great and it should be noted that his name had not only the metaphorical sense. It also had a direct sense as his height was 2 meters and 4 centimeters.

The city is quite young but in a couple of days on May, 27th it turns 313 years old and this means that St.Petersburg’s foundation was on May, 27th 1703 year. The construction of the new capital (that was the plan of Peter the Great) occurred during the Great Northern War with Sweden, so the first construction of the city was a fortress. It is called Petropavlovskaya named after the Apostles Peter and Pavel and was founded on May 27th, 1703 year. It is situated on the smallest of the 42 islands on which is located the biggest part of St. Petersburg and it is called Zayachiy. Perhaps, on Vesely island (the second name of Zayachy) used to be a lot of hares, but the figures of hares and uniques monuments devoted to them appeared in the fortress only at the very end of the 20th century.

Petropavlovsky Cathedral located in the fortress is still the tallest architectural point in the city which is 122.5 meters. This is the reliquary of the Romanovs from the 18th to the 20th century from the time of governing Peter the Great to Nikolay II. It should be noted that the remains of Nicholay and his family were buried only 80 years after their tragic deaths on July 17, 1998 year. Today Petropavlovsky Cathedral is a museum, although there is an idea to make it acting. One of the most famous Cathedrals called Isaakievsky is also a museum. It had been building in the 19th century for 40 years from 1818 year until 1858 year. But entering the Cathedral you realize that the period of construction was not so long as it is such a monumental and great building. Isaaky, as we call it, is the fourth tallest  dome building in Europe.

Its height is 101.5 meters and an area is ​​4000 square meters. Just imagine that its capacity is about 13,000 people. The interior of the Cathedral  strikes with its magnificence. For his interior were used 14 kinds of marble and semi-precious stones, mosaics, gold. By the way, there were spent 400 kg of gold for the gilding of five domes and interior decors. There is an observation deck at Isaaky the so-called colonnade where from a height of 70 meters there is a view of St. Petersburg.

Probably you know that St. Petersburg is sometimes called Northern Venice due to the large number of rivers, canals, bridges. There are 68 rivers, the main and the biggest is the Neva river, there are 700 bridges, 22 of which are bred for the passage of the ships at night. But for our guests and for us this is a real sighseeing. After midnight people gather on the banks of the Neva in order to enjoy the perfect sight-opening of bridges. It is especially beautiful in the white nights that last for two months from the middle of May to the middle of July, but even if you arrive in August, you will see that it is growing dark much later than in your country. Our city is famous for its suburbs with magnificent royal rezidences – the Peterhof, the Russian Versailles, the Realm of the fountains, Tsarskoye Selo with the Amber Room. Pavlovsk, Gatchina, Oranienbaum. These are the magnificent palaces and parks that were created in the 18th and 19th centuries.

It is widely stated that history does not tolerate the subjunctive mood, but people always try to imagine what would be if … You certainly know that during the war Leningrad, that used to be the name of our city, survived the blockade ringed about by the Germans that had lasted for nine hundred days . When the city was liberated in 1944 year it was totally ruined in consequence of German bombing. Leningrad visited an international commission that decided that there was no sense to recover that city due to vast destruction. But, fortunately, Russians had another view and thanks to that solution nowdays we can see the splendor that had been  creating by the Russian people for over two centuries.

I am sure that if you visit St. Petersburg, you will never regret it. You may want to come back in order to see something else that you did not see during your first trip. Do you know that in order to view all the exhibits of the Hermitage (there are 2 million and 800 thousand in the museum) you need 13 years. These calculations were as follows: to come to the Hermitage as you work there for 8 hours a day, including time for dinner, two days off and holidays.

So let’s start our trip as soon as possible.


Your Lyudmila Krylova


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