Universities, Academies and Educational Buildings

Scientific learning and discovery were one of the main preoccupations of Peter the Great, and he saw it as vital to the development of the Russian state to establish proper institutions of higher education in his new city. Half a century later, Catherine the Great proved an equally passionate promoter of the ideals of the Enlightenment, particularly in the sphere of education. Consequently, St. Petersburg has a huge number of universities and institutes, many housed in beautiful historical buildings.