Historic Center of St. Petersburg
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member NevaP
N 59° 56.337 E 030° 19.002
36V E 350083 N 6647651
Quick Description: This World Heritage site is the city founded by Peter the Great in 1703.
Location: Russia
Date Posted: 4/9/2008 6:16:43 PM
Waymark Code: WM3HZR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Tervas
Views: 50

Long Description:
The St Petersburg World Heritage site includes the historic center of the city and also a number of other scattered sites in the region: among them are forts, palaces , rural estates, cemeteries and highways.

The coordinates were taken in the Palace Square, the large public plaza on the southeast side of the Winter Palace. The Alexander Column, placed to honor Tsar Alexander I for his role in the defeat of Napoleon stands in the center of the square. The Winter Palace/Hermitage complex forms the north side of the square and the curving General Staff Building, two arms joined by an arch stands at the south side.

The city was built on the marshy delta of the Neva River and many canals, crossed by attractive bridges flow through its central district. There are many other historic buildings in the central area including the Admiralty, St Isaac's Cathedral, The Church on Spilled Blood and the Mikhaylovskiy Castle, now occupied by the Russian Museum.

The city as been at the center of Russian history since its founding, as capital of tsarist Russia since Peter the Great and as the site of the early events of the Bolshevik Revolution.
Type: Site

Reference number: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/540

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