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72 hours in Saint Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg was founded in 1703 by Tsar Peter the Great, but the city is actually named after the Saint, who was mythologized in Christianity as the guardian of the keys to the gates of heaven. By picking this name, the Tsar made his plans clear: Petersburg was to be as beautiful as heaven itself. The city was built in extravagant Italian and French architectural styles, showcasing Russia’s European identity while maintaining its traditional character.

For summertime travelers, the weeks surrounding the solstice in June are perfect for long days of exploring and nights illuminated…

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