Monday, March 31, 2014
St.Petersbourg - RUSSIA - UNESCO #540
The wonderful city of Saint Petersburg is one of those places I dream to visit (among many in Russia) and this is another of the dozens of sites in the city centre classified by UNESCO as World Heritage - the Peter and Paul Fortress (the stared shape gains another dimension when we see it on a aerial view - it's the same with the Vauban Fortifications in southern Europe). Thank you very much Nastya. This postcard took 21 days to arrive!
The 'Venice of the North', with its numerous canals and more than 400 bridges, is the result of a vast urban project begun in 1703 under Peter the Great. Later known as Leningrad (in the former USSR), the city is closely associated with the October Revolution. Its architectural heritage reconciles the very different Baroque and pure neoclassical styles, as can be seen in the Admiralty, the Winter Palace, the Marble Palace and the Hermitage.