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A Few Words About St Petersburg
Basic facts of the city
- Location: Eastern Europe, the Eastern shore of the Baltic Sea (Gulf of Finland) Latitude: 59 degrees 57′ North Longitude: 30 degrees 19′ East
- Time Zone: GMT +3, Eastern +8
- Founded: 16 (27) May, 1703
- City's birthday: celebrated each year on May 27
- Population: 5 million Registered and possibly 2 million unregistered
- Distinctive Location: The most Northern city in the world with a population over 1 million
- Area: 1400 square kilometers
- Main river: Neva. The city is located in the delta of the Neva River on numerous islands, a fact which prompted some observers to call it "The City on 101 Islands"
- Main natural phenomena: White Nights, Floods
- Origin of the name: Named in honor of St. Peter and not Peter the Great, the founder of the city as most visitors believe. The name can be translated as "The City of St. Peter". St. Petersburg, FL was named in honor of St. Petersburg, Russia by Russian-born railroad builder Piotr Dementyev (Peter Demens)
- Different Names the city has gone by: May, 1703 – August, 1914 St. Petersburg August, 1914 – February, 1924 Petrograd February, 1924 – July, 1991 Leningrad July, 1991 – Present day St. Petersburg
- Nicknames: "The Venice of the North", "The Palmyra of the North", "The Northern Capital of Russia" (referring to the centuries-old rivalry between St. Petersburg and Moscow)
- Symbols: the Angel with a Cross (weather-vane on top of the Peter and Paul Cathedral) the Little Ship – Korablik (weather-vane on top of the Admiralty tower)
- The City Seal: A sea anchor and a river anchor with a scepter – a symbol of royal power – on a red field.
- Local government: The Governor and the Governor's Office, The Legislative Assembly Zoning: 20 administrative districts, including satellite towns under St. Petersburg's jurisdiction
- Main cultural attractions: The Hermitage Museum The Mariinsky Opera and Ballet Theater The Imperial palace and park ensemble at Peterhof
- Airports: Pulkovo-2 International Pulkovo-1
- Domestic Sea and International Passenger port: Passenger terminal on Vasilievsky Island
- Trams lines: 1500km of track in the city.
- Subway: Called the Metro, is 100 meters underground at its deepest to be able to run under the many rivers.
- Train Stations: 5 Baltiyskaya station Serving trains to suburb Peterhoff,Oranienbaum
Vitebsky station Serving trains to South-Western Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary. Serving trains to suburbs Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), Pavlovsk.
Ladozhskaya station Serving trains to North/ North-East of Russia, Finland.
Moskovskaya station Serving trains to Moscow, Northern Russia, Urals, Siberia, Central and Southern Russia.
Finlayndsky station Serving trains to Vyborg, Karelia.