The patron saint of
and one of the patron saints of is St. Andrew. The legend goes that St.
Andrew moved around St.
preaching Christianity and reached as far as the Neva
delta. And as he was walking along the river he saw lights of such divine
beauty that he considered it to be an omen that some time there would be a town
on the site, majestic and powerful. St. Andrew was highly esteemed in . Peter I
instituted the order in his name, which was the highest order in Russia . Russia
Another patron saint of St. P-g is Holy Prince Alexander Nevsky. Peter I ordered to build a monastery consecrated in his name and the sacred relics of the Hole Prince were moved from
to St. P-g. Vladimir
Every city has its emblems and symbols. There are three main symbols of St. P-g: the coat of arms, the flag and the anthem. The coat of arms represents a red shield bearing a sea anchor and a river anchor crossed, combined with a gold scepter. You may find the coat of arms of St. P-g on the facades of some buildings. It decorates the entrance to the
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From the very start the city was multinational and besides Orthodox churches there are many other places of worship: Lutheran and Catholic churches, a Buddhist temple, a mosque and some others.
P-g today you immediately notice the lively atmosphere. The city can be crowded
during the summer months. St. P-g is most
famous for its classical and baroque architecture. Palace Square with its
magnificent Winter Palace, the Mariinskiy Opera and Ballet Theatre, Peter and Paul’s Fortress are just a few of them.
There is a lot that is worth seeing in St. P-g but there’s one building you should not miss while visiting the city. This is St. Isaac’s Cathedral, one of the highest one-cupola constructions in
Europe. The golden dome of St Isaac’s Cathedral dominates
the historical center of St P-g. The Cathedral was named after Isaac of Dalmatia, the Byzantine monk, who was the patron saint of
Russian tsar Peter the Great. It was designed by the French architect Auguste
de Montferrand. It took more than four decades to complete the work. The
interior decoration includes mosaic and painted panels, as well as a great
variety of fine architectural details made of lapis lazuli, malachite and the
best kinds of marble.
Getting around St P-g is easy by underground, but in the center the best way is walking. However, it is difficult to call it “a pedestrian dream” because of a lot of traffic in the center. The most romantic time to come to St P-g certainly is June when you can enjoy white nights here whether you take a boat trip along the rivers and canals or walk along great embankments and watch raised bridges. In any case, in this time of the year you are falling in love with the place.
Some people call St P-g the northern
Venice, others say it reminds them of , but in fact St P-g is unique. Amsterdam