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Today in St. Petersburg there are 49 public higher education institutions and 36 private higher education institutions. The total number of students at different educational programs is 443,4 thousand people. Main areas of study: engineering/technical sciences, information technologies, medicine and healthcare, economics and management, humanities, natural sciences.
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At present there are more than 130 ethnic cultural associations (ECA) registered in St. Petersburg. The St.Petersburg government agency St. Petersburg House of Nationalities, reporting to the Committee for External Relations of St. Petersburg, is in charge of everyday communication with ECA. The regular partners of the St. Petersburg House of Nationalities are 65 ethnic organizations, among them: St.Petersburg interethnic organizations, ethnic cultural autonomies, ethnic cultural associations (ECA), ethnic communities.Culture
St. Petersburg, considered to be one of the finest cities in Europe, celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2003. Sometimes they call St. Petersburg Russia's "Northern Capital" or "Northern Venice". They also describe this city as a great outdoor museum. The past three hundred years of Russian history are embedded in the stones of its buildings and embankments. A city that has survived 11 emperors, dozens of devastating floods, three revolutions, a three-year Siege and a taxing market transition, St. Petersburg has many surprises in store for even the most weathered connoisseurs of arts and sciences.
St. Petersburg has more than 220 museums and some 2000 libraries with extensive book collections. The city is a home for numerous research laboratories and centers. There are over 80 theaters, 100 concert venues, 45 art galleries and expo centers, 62 cinemas, 80 special interest clubs and more than 300 Russian and international restaurants in St. Petersburg.
St. Petersburg hosts some 100 art and music festivals and awards every year, more than half of them international. St. Petersburg cinemas show a wide variety of films from the latest blockbusters to Russian and world classics. International opera singers and pop stars of the caliber of Monserrat Cabalier or Paul McCartney frequently put St. Petersburg on their touring map. Relevant modern rock acts play to packed stadiums in St. Petersburg. The city's museums and galleries host exhibitions of classic and modern art. Renowned artists and sculptors living in St. Petersburg create amazing works of art and hold regular master classes to share their art with beginners.
St. Petersburg's first theatre was opened by Peter I's sister Natalya in 1709. The city is famous for its theatres. From the earliest years of St. Petersburg theatres were built into the Imperial palaces, while the imposing, monumental buildings of the public theatres were erected on the city's squares. St. Petersburg is rightly known as the cultural capital.
The city boasts one of the oldest circuses in the country, opened in 1877. A great contribution to the musical heritage of the city and the country is made by the Shostakovich Philharmonia and the GlinkaState Academic Capella.
Among St. Petersburg's unique attractions are its numerous palaces, constructed in the 18th and 19th centuries, when the city was the capital of the Russian state; they formed the ceremonial face of the city. Several of the palaces and other buildings are outstanding examples of world architecture. They include the vast WinterPalace, the principal feature of Palace Embankment and Palace Square. Also worthy of attention are the Mikhailovsky Palace, the architecture along Nevsky Prospekt and the Engineers' Castle, which overlooks the expanse of the Field of Mars.
St. Petersburg has 10 cathedrals, 39 Orthodox churches, Lutheran and Roman Catholic churches, an Armenian-Gregorian church, a Buddhist temple, a Muslim mosque and two synagogues. The world-famous cathedrals are: the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral of the Holy Trinity - one of the leading examples of 18th century Russian ecclesiastical architecture; the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan - a monument of Russian military glory, featuring trophies from the Patriotic War of 1812; and an example of classicist architecture - the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ ("The Saviour on the Blood").
Patriotism, heroism, self-sacrifice and valour arouse particular respect. It is not surprising that the people's feats of arms are reflected in the splendid architecture, the numerous monuments and the names of streets and squares in St. Petersburg.
The Summer Garden is one of the favourite spots in our city for locals and visitors alike. It is situated in one of the outstanding sections of embankment on the left bank of the Neva and occupies nearly 12 hectares. The garden was created in 1704 according to an idea of Peter I; it became his formal residence and the city's greatest adornment.
Peter and Paul Cathedral is the oldest church in St. Petersburg; building started within a month of the city's foundation on 29 June 1703. It was completed on 1 April 1704 and dedicated to the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul. Peter and Paul Fortress is the Imperial burial-vault: it contains the remains of almost all the Russian Emperors and Empresses. Marble sarcophagi are installed over the graves of the Tsars and members of their families.
St. Petersburg is surrounded by scenic suburbs centered around the former country residences of the Russian Royal Family. These palaces with magnificent landscaped parks and fountains are the favorite recreation destinations of Petersburgers and visitors. The best-known suburbs with palace museums are Pushkin, Peterhof, Pavlovsk and Gatchina.
Culturally St. Petersburg today is a quintessence of many widely different cultures and art trends that have blended and synergized to produce a city that is truly one of a kind.
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