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St. Petersburg was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great. He wanted Russia to have a naval and trading port with access to Europe as well as a modern cultural center to rival the great cities of western Europe. The city grew rapidly and replaced Moscow for two centuries as the capital of the Russian Empire.

Scroll along the map to learn about the rich human and ecological history of this city.



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