An Overview of St. Petersburg

Saint Petersburg is a city in Russia located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. In 1914, the name of the city was changed to Petrograd, then to Leningrad in 1924, and in 1991 back to Saint Petersburg.

Saint Petersburg was founded by Tsar Peter the Great on 27 May 1703. From 1713 to 1728 and from 1732 to 1918, Saint Petersburg was the Imperial capital of Russia. In 1918, the central government bodies moved from Saint Petersburg (then named Petrograd) to Moscow. It is Russia’s second largest city after Moscow with almost 5 million inhabitants, mostly consisting of Russians (90%), Tartars, Ukrainians, Jews, Byelorussians, Poles, Karelians. Saint Petersburg is a major European cultural center, and an important Russian port on the Baltic Sea (source).

Saint Petersburg is often described as the most Western city of Russia. Among cities of the world with over one million people, Saint Petersburg is the northernmost. The city is legendary for its White Nights: those long summer days when the sun barely dips below the horizon.

St Petersburg has always been a city of ideas. Petersburgers incited the Russian Revolution, ushering in 70 years of communist rule. And it was St Petersburg that encouraged democracy when the tide began to change (source).

Religion in St. Petersburg

Although Orthodoxy is the major religion in Russia, St.Petersburg is a center for many confessions. Besides Orthodox temples there are Lutheran, Catholic and Baptist churches, a mosque, and a synagogue. Many of the temples were closed or destroyed during the time of Soviet rule, but in the past several years extensive restorations have been carried out, and currently no religion is restrained by the state.

Would you pray that God would send more laborers to this city and country to lift His name high?

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