"Origin of name" Traditions and Habits Tip by Dabs

Traditions and Habits, Saint Petersburg: 75 reviews and 73 photos

I was surprised to read that St. Petersburg was named in honor of St. Peter and not Peter the Great, the founder of the city.

The city has undergone several name changes:

From May, 1703 - August, 1914 it was called St. Petersburg.

From August, 1914 - February, 1924 Petrograd

From February, 1924 - July, 1991 Leningrad

From July, 1991 - Present back to St. Petersburg

Nicknames include "The Venice of the North" in reference to St. Petersburg's many rivers and canals and "The Northern Capital of Russia" in reference to the centuries old rivalry between St. Petersburg and Moscow.

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  • Updated Feb 24, 2005
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