However, in these centuries of rapid growth and development, St. Petersburg has forged its own path, evolving into a timeless city, inimitable in its beauty and harmony. It is elusive and enigmatic, a truly unique city in Russia's history. For more than 200 years, it was the resplendent capital of the great Russian Empire, and remains the country's cultural and spiritual centre to this day.
St. Petersburg is the second-largest city in Russia. It is a major industrial, scientific and cultural center of the country. It is rightfully considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with its historic area being a UNESCO's World Heritage site.
The city's rich scientific and cultural potential creates a unique atmosphere of the city. St. Petersburg is dignified of carrying an honorary title of an “open-air museum”. The city has hundreds of museums, palaces, theatres, monuments, gardens, fountains, and permanent and temporary exhibitions