By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (May 27, 2022) – In Issue 2022-096 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we learn the history of St. Petersburg. . . Russia.

An Eye on the West

Peter the Great wanted to get his Russia closer aligned with the rest of Europe.  That sparked the foundation of Petrograd on May 26, 1703, with the laying of the cornerstone of Peter and Paul Fortress.  It was at the site of a previous Swedish colony.

This Baltic city thrived over the coming centuries and became a center for the arts from the 19th century to this day: the Hermitage Museum, the Kirov Theater the premier ballet company Mariinsky, etc.

In the meantime, the politics changed with the Bolshevik revolution in 1917 which first ignited in this city.   In honor of the leader of the revolution, the city was renamed to Leningrad in 1924.

The Communist rule ended peacefully, and the Soviet Union dissolved via a single page document signed by Gorbachev.  (Side note – he borrowed a pen from a CNN reporter to sign the document in front of the world’s eye). 

The city is called St. Petersburg since 1991.

1894 map of St. Petersburg, Russia (Credit Steve Kovacs) :

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