Saint Petersburg is situated on the eastern shore of the Gulf of Finland, int he delta of the River Neva, some 400 miles northwest of Moscow. It is considered the most European of all the great cities of Russia, and a living monument to the opulent days of Imperialism. The City, with a population of over 5 million people, boasts the largest sea port in the country and is an important maritime center. It is built on a series of islands spread over a wide area, in an attractive plan of large squares, parks, boulevards and broad streets. A network of 60 rivers and canals cross the City and are spanned by about bridges, making it reminiscent of Venice or Amsterdam. The principal waterway is the River Neva which is contained within impressive granite banks, and it was along this river that Russian classicism flourished. The central city is dominated by 18th and 19th century baroque, neo-classical architecture.
Saint Petersburg is rich in cultural attraction and historical value. It is also the home of the Imperial Royal Family and the cradle of the Proletarian Revolution. Saint Petersburg is the place where Lenin began his revolutionary activity and laid the foundations of the Communist Party. Now Saint Petersburg has become the most popular tourist city in the country for people all over the world.