Prospekts of St. Petersburg

No other city in Russia can match St. Petersburg for the number and variety of its avenues - "prospekts" in Russian. Peter the Great conceived of St. Petersburg as a city similar to Venice or Amsterdam, and so it should have been covered by a network of straight canals. This never came to pass, but the general plan for the structure of the city nonetheless produced a system of broad, straight streets that gives St. Petersburg its grand, classical style. The tradition of calling major streets and thoroughfares avenues continues, and there are now 150 in St. Petersburg, some of them famous throughout the world.