History is made out of the failures and heroism of each insignificant moment. - Franz Kafka
Founded in 1703 by Tsar Peter the Great and named after the apostle Peter,
this city was often called Petrograd and, in fact, was officially called
this from 1914 to 1924. Again renamed to Leningrad by Stalin after Lenin's
death in 1924, it remained that until citizens voted by a wide margin in
1991 to once again name their city St. Petersburg.
As the capital of Russia from 1712 until the Bolsheviks moved it to Moscow
in 1918 for strategic reasons, this city with a fascinating history and beautiful architecture,
monuments and parks still remains the "cultural" center of the country.
Although the city has reverted to its orinal name, the region (oblast) is
still called Leningrad. We also maintain a page that has a
list of resources for the region in general and some of the small cities
and towns surrounding the city.
If you know of additional sites on the World Wide Web to
list here, please be sure to let
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