We Saw St. Petersburg the Way Peter the Great Wanted Us to See His Capital (July 23)

Peter the Great did not allow to build the bridges in St. Petersburg because he wanted everyone to use ships and boats and thus develop shipbuilding in the new Russian capital.  He also ordered his architects to focus on building the city’s embankments, that is the streets facing the city’s numerous channels and rivers, because his subjects were supposed to travel around the empire’s new capital primarily via its waterways.  Today we followed the emperor’s will and took a boat tour of the city.

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