Addresses of St. Petersburg

Explore St. Petersburg street by street. When Peter the Great founded his new city, he wanted it to consist of a series of narrow canals rather than streets, with citizens moving everywhere by boat. Settlers in the city quickly tired of this fantasy, however, and St. Petersburg's urban landscape developed as a modern city of broad, straight avenues, leafy boulevards and majestic squares.

Geography could not be overcome entirely, however, and St. Petersburg's many twisting waterways break up the rigid grid of the city's streets, giving an organic and picturesque aspect to even the most formal public spaces. What is more, even the grandest avenues cannot match the broad still waters of Neva River, and its seemingly endless granite embankments provide an extraordinarily beautiful setting for some of the city's most stunning buildings.