In the early 1700s, Peter the Great, one of Russia's most influential czars, commissioned the building of a port city on the eastern end of the Gulf of Finland. This city, named St. Petersburg, went on to become the capital of Russia for a while, and was also later renamed Petrograd, then Leningrad during Soviet times, then back to St. Petersburg in 1991 when communism fell. This beautiful palace on the outskirts of town, is a lovely place to stroll and to admire the former grandeur of czarist Russia.
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