Saint Petersburg has significant historical and cultural heritage and is thus a highly attractive filming destination.
The 18th and 19th century architectural ensemble of the city and its environs is preserved in virtually unchanged form. For various reasons (including large-scale destruction during World War II and construction of modern buildings during the postwar period in the largest historical centers of Europe), Saint Petersburg has now become a unique nature reserve of European architectural styles of the past three centuries. Saint Petersburg’s loss of capital city status significantly helped the city in retaining many pre-revolutionary buildings, as modern architectural ‘prestige projects’ tended to be built in Moscow; this largely prevented the rise of mid-to-late-20th century architecture in the city and helped maintain the architectural appearance of the historic center.
Saint Petersburg is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list as an area with 36 historical architectural complexes, and around 4000 outstanding individual monuments of architecture, history and culture. New tourist programs and sightseeing tours have been developed for those wishing to see Saint Petersburg’s cultural heritage.
Over 250 international and Russian movies were filmed in Saint Petersburg. Well over a thousand feature films about tsars, revolution, people and stories set in Saint Petersburg were produced worldwide, but were not filmed in the city.
What is special about this city? First of all the gigant river Neva dividing the city into many islands. Many bridges that open during the navigating season to let ships pass. White nights – in may and june night never comes to Saint-Petersburg, filming is possible 24/7. Downtown there are lots of Dostoevsky style untouched blocks. Many buildings of the 18th and 19th century. Around the city you can find many classicist or baroque palaces and mansions. An amazing choice of places of interest!
Local Time: Moscow, St. Petersburg: +3 (GMT + 3:00)
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