Articles tagged with: St. Petersburg
The special role of Moscow and Saint Petersburg is highlighted by a consideration of the space between them. A recent photo diary in The New York Times documented a trip taken by Ellen Barry and Dmitry Kostyukov between the two principal Russian cities. This trip was inspired by an imaginary journey described by liberal-minded bureaucrat Alexander Radishchev in his book A Journey from St. Petersburg to Moscow, written in 1790. In this post we revisit the cities and towns visited by Radishchev.
An earlier GeoCurrents post mentioned Finns among the nationalities deported by the Soviets before and during World War II. As it turns out, the situation in the Finnish borderlands is rather more complicated than that. The territory between St. Petersburg and Helsinki is home to a number of ethnic groups whose histories range from cultural and linguistic assimilation to population transfer to outright ethnic cleansing.
The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world. Its collections comprise nearly three million items, including imperial porcelain, superb Rembrandts, ancient cameos, Madonnas by Da Vinci, marble sculptures by Canova, colorful paintings by Matisse, and a large numismatic collection. Although the exhibits occupy a large complex of six historic buildings along Palace Embankment, only a small fraction of its outstanding collection can be displayed at any given time. To make these art works available to as wide a public as possible, the Hermitage has opened several branches abroad, the oldest and largest of which is Hermitage Amsterdam.
The concept of the “global city” (or “world city”) has gained traction over the past several decades. The original formulation was rather vague, but a number of more rigorous definition have emerged. A commendable Wikipedia article provides lists of top global cities derived from five ranking systems, as can be seen in the table posted here.
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Representatives of 21 nations convened in St Petersburg, Russia on June 24, 2012 to consider additional sites to be added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, as well as to discuss measures for protection of 35 sites already listed.
On September 29, 1957 residents of the Chelyabinsk area in the extreme southwestern corner of Siberia saw a pillar of smoke and dust up to a kilometer high, glimmering with orange-red light. A week later, on October 6, a local Chelyabinsk newspaper published the following note (translation mine):
“Last Sunday night… many residents of Chelyabinsk observed a peculiar glimmer in the …
A Buddhist art exhibit opened in Saint Petersburg, Russia as a key event of the Days of Tibetan Culture in Saint Petersburg festival, which run through March 18. Elsewhere in Russia, Days of Buddhist Culture have been celebrated by hundreds of Buddhists who took a plunge in near-freezing Lake Baikal.