St. Petersburg, Russia

st petersburg

MAY 20, 2009 – JUNE 01, 2009

Located toward the east of the Gulf of Finland at the inlet of the Neva River, Saint Petersburg is the northernmost city with more than one million people in the world. Quite often the city is described as the most Western Russian city and the “Venice of the North”.  Founded three centuries ago in 1703, Saint Petersburg was the capital of the Russian Empire for more than 200 years until Moscow became the capital in 1918 after the Russian Revolution of 1917. Throughout the city’s history the name has been changed from “Petrograd” (1914-1924), to “Leningrad” (1924-1991), to “Saint Petersburg” as it is has been known since. Today, Saint Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia after only Moscow and is an important cultural center for Europe, with the historic center and many Monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites … [ for more purchase CIVIC INTIMACY ]

Palace Square

Saint Petersburg, Russia

Palace Square

Palace Square is the most important and central space in Saint Petersburg. Connecting Nevskiy Prospect with Palace Bridge, Palace Square marks not only the center of the city, but also the one-time center of the Russian Empire. Many significant events have occurred at this location, most notable Bloody Sunday in 1905 and the October Revolution in 1917. Unlike many squares throughout Europe, this space has the distinction of being created not for public use, but rather to exemplify the power of the government. This huge space has often held military parades and marches. In fact, there are merely three components that make up the space, all pertaining to government and/or military use: the Winter Palace, General Staff building, and Alexander Column … [ for more purchase CIVIC INTIMACY ]