Discovering St. Petersburg
Flagship student Todd Long discovers his temporary home city while studying abroad.
St. Petersburg is often described as the most Western city of Russia as well as its cultural capital. It is the northernmost city in the world to have a population of over one million.
In total, the area of St. Petersburg city proper is 605.8 square kilometers (233.9 sq mi) and is situated on the middle taiga lowlands along the shores of the Neva Bay in the Gulf of Finland. St. Petersburg is classified as a humid continental climate with Baltic Sea cyclones resulting in warm, humid and short summers and long, cold wet winters. Due to location at ca. 60° N latitude the day length in St. Petersburg varies across seasons from 5:53 to 18:50 with a period from mid-May to mid-July when twilight may last all night - called the white nights.
St. Petersburg’s historic architecture of the city centre (as seem here through Flagship student Todd Long) is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and mostly consists of Baroque and Neoclassical buildings of the 18th and 19th centuries.