|Saint Petersburg: Origin of the Name|
In 20th century it changed names 3 times
Named in honor of St. Peter and not Peter the Great, the founder of the city.
The name can be translated as "The City of St. Peter" . St. Petersburg, Florida was named in honor of St. Petersburg, Russia by Russian-born railroad builder Piotr Dementyev (Peter Demens)
♥ "The Venice of the North"(referring to St. Petersburg's many rivers and canals)
♥ "The Palmyra of the North"
♥ "The Northern Capital of Russia" (referring to the centuries-old rivalry between St. Petersburg and Moscow)
May, 1703 - August, 1914 St. Petersburg
August, 1914 - February, 1924 Petrograd
February, 1924 - July, 1991 Lenigrad
July, 1991 - Present St. Petersburg
The city has an amazing history. It had been a capital of Russia for 2 centuries, suffered three revolutions and a 900-day Siege during the World War II. Now it is a modern city where old and new live side by side in mutual tolerance and respect.