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Fontanka River, Saint Petersburg

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The Fontanka Canal flows from the Neva River to the Gulf of Finland and crosses the central part of St. Petersburg. Its length is 6.7 kilometers (4 miles), and its width reaches up to 70 meters (229 ft.) in some spots. The name of the canal comes from the fact that it served as a water source for the fountains in the Summer Garden. The flood of 1777 destroyed the fountains. However, citizens of the city continued to call the canal Fontanka. Although quite shallow for big ship navigation nowadays, the Fontanka used to be an important transportation route back in the 18th and 19th centuries. To allow ships with high masts to freely go through the canal to the Gulf of Finland, several draw bridges were thrown above it. With the introduction of modern ships, the Fontaka was no longer suitable for big navigation and the draw mechanisms were removed from the bridges. There are a lot of remarkable sights situated along the FontankaCanal, including the Summer Garden the Palace of Peter I, Mikhaylovky Castle, Anichkov Bridge and Palace, Palace of Beloselsky-Belozersky, Derjzavin’s house, and more.

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Saint-Petersburg is often referred to as Venice of the North. Like the Italian city, the Northern capital of Russia boasts wondrous architecture, splendid museums and vibrant lifestyle. Born from the sea foam and specifically designed as a gateway of

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A relatively young city, St. Petersburg was founded in 1703, and has been playing key role in the history of Russia ever since. Our sightseeing tour will acquaint you with the main architectural and historical monuments of Saint Petersburg. You will

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