Native name: Санкт-Петербург
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At once Russian and thoroughly European, St. Petersburg boasts a magnificent city center (designated
world heritage by UNESCO) and looks as if it's been around for many centuries. In point of fact,
St. Petersburg (founded in 1703) is younger than some cities of the New World.
In Russian literature, the city played the role of the background in classic 19th-century
novels, including those by Dostoyevsky, Tolstoi, and Gogol, all of whom lived in the
city. More recently, poet Joseph Brodsky, and writers Sergey Dovlatov (before either
of them moved to New York) and Arkady and Boris Strugatsky called St. Petersburg home.