St. Petersburg, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, is a treasury of outstanding architectural monuments, museums, churches and cathedrals.

According to UNESCO, St. Petersburg ranks eighth in the list of the most popular and attractive cities in the world, and this is not surprising, because it was created by genius     best architects and builders of Russia, Italy, France, Germany, Holland, Sweden. Virtually no European country, from which - the architects     and the builders would not work in Petersburg.

St. Petersburg is the largest center of world and Russian culture. A unique cultural and historical heritage is accumulated here, more than 80% of the monuments     XVIII-XIX centuries - the originals.

The city has more than 250 museums. Petersburg is proud of its two largest museums in the world - the Hermitage and the Russian Museum. Hermitage World Art Collection     richer than the collection of the Louvre. This is one of the oldest museums in the world. Located in five historic buildings of the city, including the Winter Palace - the former residence     Russian kings.

The city has more than 80 theater companies, including the following world-famous former imperial theaters: the Mariinsky Theater, the Maly Opera Theater     and ballet to them. Mussorgsky.

St. Petersburg is a city of high musical culture. The city has many concert halls, among them such well-known as the St. Petersburg Academic     Philharmonic named after Shostakovich, Academic Capella them. Glinka, the only Russian State Philharmonic of jazz music.

St. Petersburg is the largest scientific and educational center of Russia. There are 46 state universities and 30 non-state universities.

There are 122 hospitals in St. Petersburg, where for every 10,000 residents there are 177 medical personnel.

Petersburg is often called the "Venice of the North", the "cultural capital of Russia", the "city of the white nights", and the "city of secrets". No wonder that St. Petersburg has so many     titles: for three centuries, it has become a major center of world and Russian culture.