Snapshots in Time: Saint Petersburg, Russia Then & Now

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Known as the Venice of the North, St. Petersburg is Russia’s second largest city after Moscow. It houses more than 200 museums including a UNESCO World Heritage and one of the largest museums in the world welcoming millions of tourists each year. This modern city is also a home to global corporations and businesses, making it one of the most industrialized cities in the country. Tourists from different lands are amazed at the city’s oldest and magnificent collections of beautiful buildings, antiquities, and artworks.
 
St. Petersburg was founded by the late 17th-century tsar of Russia Peter the Great. The city was the capital of imperial Russia until 1918 when the country’s central government bodies moved to Moscow. The city was also destroyed during the second world war. As economic conditions began to improve, restoration works also started. Its loss of the capital city status also helped St. Petersburg to preserve their historic buildings and churches. These photos of the ancient and modern Russia will show us how the city changed after so many years.