The Wonderful Saint-Petersburg
St. Petersburg, once the capital of Russia, is often referred to as
the "Venice of the North". Five hundred years ago Nostradamus
predicted that "Venice will arise from the Northern Sea
". And in 1703 on the shores of the Baltic appeared a
city, so enchanting that the comparison with Venice continues for
almost 300 years.
Peter the Great, the founder of St. Petersburg, wanted to see his
city as Russia's "window to the West" and a truly European
city. "If the Lord gives me enough strength, Petersburg
will become another Amsterdam" - proclaimed this Russian
St. Petersburg is the city of museums and the major Russian cultural
center. It is world-famous for the collections of the Hermitage and the
Russian museum, for its Academy of Fine Arts, world-known School of
Russian Ballet, St Isaac's Cathedral, the Mariinsky theater and the
Philharmonic Hall. Throughout its history this city was, and still is,
the city of great musicians, artists, actors and poets.
And, naturally, the "Northern Capital of Russia" is a
major sports center, which holds dozens of sport events annually.
In 1994 the Goodwill Games took place on the Neva banks and proved to
be a success. And this year the annual ATP Tour tennis tournament
"St. Petersburg Open" is held in St. Petersburg for the
Welcome to "St. Petersburg Open" - a fine tennis
tournament held in one of the world's greatest cities!