At Global Alliance, we take the “Worldwide” in our company name very seriously. We pride ourselves in offering premium limousine services to our clientele not only in our home base of Toronto but around the globe. Through our sophisticated network of trusted worldwide affiliates, Global Alliance can provide professional chauffeured services in hundreds of international cities. We will discuss many of the major worldwide destinations served via our affiliate network on this blog. We remain in Russia today and visit its second-largest city, the elegant port of St. Petersburg.
The second-largest city in Russia, St. Petersburg counts around five million inhabitants in its metropolitan area. Beginning its history as a settlement as a small port and fishing village along the Neva River where it flows into the Gulf of Finland, St. Petersburg was built up during and after the reign of Czar Peter the Great in the early 1700s as Russia’s new imperial capital and an ice-free port on the Baltic Sea. Purposely designed and intended to be reflective of then-modern European fashion and architecture, St. Petersburg was Russia’s most Westernized city, which it remains today, as well as the country’s cultural capital. It has been renamed three times in its history, becoming the more Russian-sounding Petrograd during the First World War, Leningrad during the Soviet era, and returning to its original moniker in the 1990s.
St. Petersburg’s Historic Centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, featuring many Baroque and Neoclassical buildings from its 18th and 19th Century glory years. The best-known of these is the sprawling former palace complex that now houses the Hermitage Museum, one of the oldest, largest, and most famous art museums in the world and the city’s prime attraction. Many other beautiful and historic palaces, museums, churches, and other grand edifices, public squares, and parks are spread across the city. St. Petersburg is also a cultural hub, most famous for the 19th-century Mariinsky Theatre, home of the ballet company of the same name. The city also boasts rich traditions in classical music and Russian literature.
St. Petersburg is served by air by Pulkovo International Airport, through which 12 million passengers pass each year, making it Russia’s third busiest airport. It is also a popular stop-off point on Baltic cruise routes, and large cruise ships can often be seen at its port.
Please feel free to contact Global Alliance Worldwide Chauffeured Services for all of your transportation needs in St. Petersburg, Russia.