Peter the Great is rightly considered a statesman who laid the foundation of Russian science, including botany in its current form, by his Decree establishing the creation of the" Aptekarsky town", which in turn became the prototype of the current St. Petersburg Botanical Garden.
The Botanical Garden of St. Petersburg is the northernmost in Russia. Here, in a comparatively small area, there are more than eight thousand plants, including the "aborigines" of the subtropics and the tropical climatic belt of the globe. And the greenhouse workers have no doubt that, or this or the next year, they will gather, a small crop, of coffee, cocoa, bananas, citrus fruits, figs, pomegranate ... Here grow callistemons, palm trees, jasmine! Fantastic! Of course, the Botanical Garden of St. Petersburg is not only a place for rest and entertainment. This is, first of all, the scientific laboratory and the repository of the gene pool of endangered plant species. Walkings in the greenhouses of the Botanical Garden are favorite routes of residents and visitors of the Northern capital, especially in winter. An Immediate transfer to the Sochi arboretum is unforgettable! And there are also exhibitions of exotic plants, such as orchids. Welcome to the eternal summer!
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This is St.
Petersburg, Russia's second-largest city, a great centre of culture of indigenous people of the northern capital, which is often an occasion for jokes and pride.
It's hard to believe, but in some places in St.
Petersburg - for example, in the rush hour on the subway - you can still hear the phrase "Excuse me" and "please.
Petersburg - perhaps the most large-scale experiment on crossing the European order and the Russian mentality.
There is something about this city that gets under your skin.
Many are ready to sing praises about St.
Petersburg, and many would give everything to move here permanently.
Others have criticized the city for gloom and depression, with the stable gray sky and shabby backyards, shocking underside of monuments of architecture of St.
And even skeptics understand that melancholy here has a very different breed.
When the heaviest clouds in gloomy afternoon creep on the golden spire of the Admiralty , it seems that even without the sun on the banks of the Neva, highly culture still exists.
It's not like celebrations on the Red Square on the background of the Asian Kremlin.
Petersburg, anyway, is in Europe, well, or the "eurowindow", which so diligently the visionary Peter I chopped.
The Russian Emperor was very kind to their offspring.
He personally chose the site for the Nevsky prospect , thought should be where Peter and Paul Fortress was.
Trying to be "trending", with an eye to Venice and Amsterdam , Peter planned to ensnare a city network of canals and issued a decree according to which all the buildings - a hitherto unprecedented case in Russia - were to be built only in stone.
Foreign guides, waving away the noisy Moscow , on the pages of Peter put forward in the first place.
And hit the target.
While the capital is choked with traffic jams , Petersburg City has lots of cheap and tolerable houses, a nice hotel near the Five corners, where it is already possible to climb on the enormous St.
Isaac's Cathedral , "Aurora" deck and to get lost in the labyrinths of the "Hermitage" .
The notorious "spirit of St Petersburg" is legendary, but even if we expand it to chemical elements, we shall not reveal the secret.
For some, Peter is Baroque architecture of Rastrelli for someone else the chants of "Zenith" fans or gatherings at the "Idiot" restaurant.
But the constant attribute of the Petersburg atmosphere is the fresh sea breeze, of numerous islands in the Neva delta.
The city's white nights are legendary.
Not in vain, St.
Petersburg was known as the "Venice of the North".
During the first World War was named Petrograd and after in hounour of the revolutionary Vladimir Lenin was re-named Leningrad.
Give yourself plenty of time to discover the best places and cultural destinations to visit in Saint Petersburg!