About St. Petersburg


St. Petersburg is Russia's second largest city, with a population of 5 million perched at the eastern tip of the Baltic Sea and the Neva River… But ask anybody in Russia what they think about St. Petersburg and you'll have the impression it's the cultural capital of the country.

For St. Petersburg citizens it is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places on the Earth. Any building in the large historic center, threaded with canals dotted with baroque bridges, can be considered an attraction—and indeed, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

Most people have a very romantic image of St. Petersburg: a beautiful city of channels and impressive architecture, great historical heritage and vibrant cultural life, home for many famous artists and poets, a symbol of Russia on the Baltic sea.


This city is a really inspiring place, many great Russian writers, poets, dancers started to work here. Even nowadays people in St. Petersburg are considered to be a bit more intelligent, smart and polite.

There are some whole countries who probably can't boast as many great sights as this one city. From the priceless treasures of the world-famous Hermitage to the palaces and art of the Russian Museum there's a lot of culture to be enjoyed. 

Many visitors also associate the city with the October Revolution and memories of old Leningrad, and especially the terrible siege of World War II, still linger on in the city's many monuments and parks.


Although St. Petersburg is famous for its "white nights" - a period when there is as much light during night time as during the day time and many bridges are raised. This phenomenon is not unique to St Petersburg, but in no other northern city have “White Nights” received such poetic and literary acclaim. No other major European city can rival this experience no the atmosphere on the streets of St. Petersburg during the summer months - lively, friendly, romantic and bustling with people throughout the night as well as the day! 

The Conference participants will be able to appreciate the charm of St. Petersburg during so-called "golden autumn" time in October, with city's bridges and shining gilded spires, domes of its palaces and cathedrals in the enchanting background of falling yellow and red leaves.

Cultural Heritage


Saint Petersburg is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list as an area with 36 historical architectural complexes and around 4000 outstanding individual monuments of architecture, history and culture.

Every year the city hosts around 100 festivals and various competitions of art and culture, including more than 50 international ones.

 The city has:

  • 221 museums,
  • 2000 libraries,
  • more than 80 theaters,
  • 100 concert organizations,
  • 45 galleries and exhibition halls,
  • 62 cinemas
  • around 80 other cultural establishments.