Saint-Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. People who once have visited it always want to return. It is difficult to imagine all this richness and grandeur of the city.
It is the city not only of museums or monuments, it is the city of dreams and hopes. Saint Petersburg, I love you!
You can name Saint Petersburg as your native city if:
- you shirk courses in museums
- your most typical accessory is an umbrella
- any way takes you about 40 minutes
- movies about the Great Patriotic War were made without decorations in your city
- you sleep at nights during the White nights
- the Mariinsky Theatre is the best theatre for you
- it is difficult to impress you
Furthermore, Saint Petersburg is full of myths! Here are just a few of them:
On May 16th Peter the Great founded the town
In reality, Peter the Great founded the fortress, not the town. It was founded a little bit later on Berezovyi Island. Nowadays, historians claim that Peter I was not present in person at the foundation of the city. From 11th to 20th May he was on the war.
Saint Petersburg was founded in a swamp
It is another myth! Territories where it was founded were the property of Novgorod and in the 17th century were occupied by Sweden. At the historical center of Saint Petersburg there were more than 40 settlements!
Saint Petersburg was named after Peter I
Peter I wasn’t such a proud man to name a new city after himself! It was named after Apostle Saint Peter, who are with Apostle Saint Paul saint are patrons of a city.
Saint Petersburg was founded on the bones
There is a legend that during the construction of the city thousands of serfs died of illnesses and awful conditions. But in fact, serfs worked only during the period of 1703-1717, after they were replaced by civilians, who were paid by their labor. In addition, the construction were held only from March to November in two shifts. The second shift totally replaced the first one. Each shift consisted of 12 to 18 thousand of workers.
The Potseluev Bridge or the Bridge of Kisses – such name was given because of soldiers who said goodbye to their girlfriends
The real history is more prosaic. Not far from a bridge across the the Moyka River a merchant Potseluev kept a tavern with a name «Potseluy», which means «kiss».
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