Treasures of the World - Heritage of Mankind
St. Petersburg - The Venice of the North, Russia
St. Petersburg - The Venice of the North, Russia - With its baroque-classical center, St. Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Hardly any other city has been described by so many poets as the "Venice of the North." This, for example, is where Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Mayakovsky and Anna Akhmatova all lived. Composers such as Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Shostakovich and many famous sculptors and painters also played a role in shaping the face of this city. Founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703, St. Petersburg was the capital of the Russian Empire from 1712 to 1728 and then again from 1732 to 1918. During World War II, the city (then called Leningrad) survived a 900-day siege by German forces. Our film was shot during the famous "White Nights," when the magic of this city built on twelve islands is especially powerful.