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Saint Petersburg is a city in Russia which is located on the Neva River which flows out to the Baltic Sea.
St.Petersburg is one of a group of 7 cities which are often called “The Venice of the North”; it shares this name with Amsterdam, Bruges, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Manchester and Stockholm. All these cities are in Northern Europe and like Venice have a network of canals, hence “The Venice of the North”.

View of Moyka River

This small winding stream that today runs through the very heart of St. Petersburg was the first the boundary of the young city in the beginning of the 18th century. After the establishment of the Summer Garden, Lebyazhy Canal was dug to the Neva River, and the Moyka was diverted to join the Fontanka River. The result was an artificial island between the Fontanka, Moyka, Lebyaznaya Canal, and the Neva officially called the Summer Garden Island.

St. Petersburg, built across the marshlands of the Neva River delta, is interlaces with around a hundred tributaries and canals with a total length of 300 kilometers and over 800 bridges crossing them. In the city centre, St. Petersburg's famous granite embankments are home to many of the city's grandest buildings, and boat trips along the historic rivers and canals are an essential part of any sightseeing itinerary.

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Additional Photos by Piotr Fagasiewicz (PiotrF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 5284 W: 2 N: 9969] (47462)
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