Saint Petersburg - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Tsar Peter the Great
For European standards, St. Petersburg is a relatively young city, founded only in 1703. Its name changed from Saint Petersburg to Petrograd (1914), to Leningrad (1924), and back to Saint Petersburg (1991). Peter the Great founded the city with the aim to turn St. Petersburg into the Russian capital, once construction was to be completed. He wanted to create a “window to Europe” and a port and a fleet that could compete with the most powerful countries of that time. The Tsar invited architects and engineers from Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and northern Europe.

Revolution and war
The city developed quickly and in the 19th century it became a European metropolis equal to Paris, London, Vienna and Berlin. It witnessed the revolutions of 1905 and 1917 and the horrors of Wold War II. The 872-days siege by the German troops between 1941 and 1944 dealt the city an almost fatal blow. But St. Petersburg was never taken and it raised again slowly during the Soviet Union and worked hard to reclaim its former importance.

Rebirth
And so it did! Today, just over 5 million people live in this vibrant and alluring city that offers an incredible amount of events related to any aspect of cultural life. The cultural richness of St. Petersburg is visible in every corner of its vast centre. When you walk down Nevsky prospekt, you find yourself completely surrounded by history, art and culture. In the vast historical centre you will discover beautiful buildings in baroque, classicist, eclectic and art nouveau style that harmonise perfectly with each other.

White Nights
One of the most exciting times to be in Saint Petersburg is during the white nights: when the sun rises around 3:00 am and sets around midnight, starting mid May. Residents and tourists alike gather on the Neva banks late night to witness the opening of all bridges crossing the Neva river.
A must-see!

Weather
Temperatures in St.Petersburg range between -10 and +25, but because of its cold and strong wind it’s important to be well dressed in winter. The best time to be in Saint Petersburg is from late spring to summer and late autumn; however any time of the year will be great to catch the unique atmosphere of this astonishing place! If you’d like more information, please check our blog entries on St. Petersburg!

42 islands
800 bridges
93 rivers and channels
300 museums
5 mio citizens
1439 square km

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Kunstkammer in Sankt Petersburg

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Next events and student activities

Skating party

We are celebrating this holiday season with a skating party for all students, teachers and staff. We are going to a new skating rink recently opened on a historic island of Novaya Gollandya (New Holland), jusy a few steps away from Mariinsky Theater. 

Rent: 220 rub per hour
Admission: 350 rub per hour (ISIC card holders 280 rub)
We plan to go to a nearby bar for some mulled wine afterwards.
 
P.S. It will be the first time on skates for some of us too.
 
Starts On:
February 22, 2017
4:45 PM
Ends On:
February 22, 2017
7:00 PM
Skating party
Upcoming Dates:
Starts On:
February 22, 2017
4:45 PM
Ends On:
February 22, 2017
7:00 PM
570.00 руб
Skating party
February 22, 2017,4:45 PM
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Matryoshka doll painting master-class

The matryoshka doll is a traditional Russian souvenir and a symbol of Russian culture. So how about designing your own one?

Description of the master class and useful links

Starts On:
February 24, 2017
4:40 PM
Ends On:
February 24, 2017
7:00 PM
Matryoshka doll painting master-class
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Starts On:
February 24, 2017
4:40 PM
Ends On:
February 24, 2017
7:00 PM
Starts On:
March 29, 2017
4:40 PM
Ends On:
March 29, 2017
7:00 PM
750.00 руб
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Maslenitsa in Pavlovsk!

Join one of our teachers and take part in pagan celebrations of Maslenitsa - a Russian Carnevale, Mardi-Gras etc.

Festive activities, traditional competitions, folk dancing and singing take place in a beautiful suburban park, one of the Romanovs' summer residences.
A short train ride is another chance to explore Russia and practice Russian
 
 
The tour starts at 11:30 am (meeting point - Pushkinskaya Metro). Train takes 25 min oneway. Return to St.Petesburg at 6 pm.
Please note that some extra costs apply: train tickets, tickets to the park.
Starts On:
February 25, 2017
11:30 AM
Ends On:
February 25, 2017
3:00 PM
Maslenitsa in Pavlovsk!
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Starts On:
February 25, 2017
11:30 AM
Ends On:
February 25, 2017
3:00 PM
700.00 руб
Maslenitsa in Pavlovsk!
February 25, 2017,11:30 AM
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