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St Petersburg Expert Igor

St Petersburg Expert Igor

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Igor is an English-speaking tour guide in St Petersburg, expert in architecture and European art history, especially Russian history. An experienced Viator private guide, Igor can customize your tour of St Petersburg to your expectations. Learn more about Private Tours with Igor.

Apr032012

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English Speaking Parties in St Petersburg, Russia

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Dear visitors I am sure if you are planning to visit St.Petersburg and already done some reading about it, like places to see and things to do. Though it is possible to cover major highlights in 4 days, as it’s promised by major tour operators and private guides, I am afraid, it would not be pleasurable experience, because you just be rushed from one place to another, overloaded with superficial information, without a chance to take a pause to see anything, learn something in depth and really experience authentic culture imbued with history.

Jul122011

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White Nights

St Petersburg

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White Nights is one tradition that is indispensable for St. Petersburg in the summer. As many of you know, St. Petersburg is situated quite high on the globe and in the summer months, the sun rises early and the sun sets late. Though there are a few more cities in the world above 60th latitude like Norway, Canada and Alaska, people can enjoy this spectacular natural phenomenon in St. Petersburg. White nights are not unique to St. Petersburg, but only here is the beauty of nature combined with man-made wonder.

Jun102011

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History of St.Petersburg city foundation

St Petersburg

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Last time we saw that Peter was determine to drag Russia from quagmire of Muscovite routine, but literally had not had any ground to build St.Petersburg on this particular spot, hence as a legend has it He, built the city in midair and lowered it down on this mushy soils. And this legend is based on popular opinion, that Peter built St.Petersburg on empty spot, but it’s not entirely true. Where Neva makes a sharp turn on the right bank side of the river, near confluence with river Okhta, which starts up north on Karelian Isthmus and flows into Neva, as early as 1632 stood the Swedish fortress Nyenshkans(Kantzi in Russian variant), which served as a port of call and was quite developed with Lutheran church on the main square in the middle built by Italian architect.

Mar072011

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Symbolisms of St.Petersburg vs. Moscow in Peter and Paul fortress.

St Petersburg

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In order to understand “gini loci” or genie of the place, it is necessary to go back to its origin.

St. Petersburg had a huge influence on Russia during the last 300 years of its existence. In fact St.Petersburg was Russia as far as the rest of the world was concerned for more than two centuries. Just like before that, Moscow was Russia, which was reflected in the name Moscoviya, not for the city but for the whole country.

Peter the Great who founded St.Petersburg wanted to have nothing to do with old Muscovite tradition. It could be personal feelings because he witnessed his relatives executed in front of his eyes by rowdy crowd of blood thirsty Muscovites lead by the Kremlin’s guard musketeer regiment. But he survived this ordeal, though developing nervous tick, which haunted him for the rest of his life. And later on after becoming the sole tsar of Russia he himself chopped their heads on the Red Square just outside the Kremlin. But this decision to move Russian’s capital from Moscow to St.Petersburg wasn’t just personal for him, it was more of the business of dragging Russia in the next 18th century, braking away from backward old ways of patriarchal Muscovite Russia to embrace new European traditions of science and technology.

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