Saturday, September 13, 2008

Russia - Saint Petersburg

Here's another card that I've received in the Russian group of World Languages RR :) I already have many postcards showing Saint Petersburg (I haven't uploaded all of them here yet), but all of them are different :) This one shows the monument to Peter the Great. He founded Saint-Petersburg in 1703, so he's definitely an important person for this city :)

As the Poles and Lithuanians on one side and Swedes on the other fought each other, Peter founded the city of Saint Petersburg (Germanically named after Saint Peter the Apostle) in Ingermanland (province of Swedish empire, which he had captured) in 1703. He forbade the building of stone edifices outside Saint Petersburg — which he intended to become Russia's capital — so that all the stonemasons could participate in the construction of the new city.

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