Spotlight: St. Petersburg

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"Rocks or stones, explain it as you want, but there is a mystery to St. Petersburg—it really affects your soul." Joseph Brodsky.

St. Petersburg is often called the cultural capital of Russia, but Russian poets such as Joseph Brodsky have highlighted that there is something even more special to the city. With a population of 5,000,000, for several centuries St. Petersburg has been a center for creative people to come together from throughout Russia. Now, the city is home to a growing Instagram community organizing InstaMeets and gatherings.

Want to see St Petersburg for yourself? We’ve gathered together a group of our favorite Instagrammers sharing photos and videos from the heart of St. Petersburg:

  • Vera Rolle, rooftops and nature – @verarolle
  • Maka Smirnova, foggy landscapes – @maka_smirnova
  • Stanislav Liepa, portraits and cityscapes – @liepa_s
  • Danya, portraits and InstaMeets – @tertiusalio

To explore the city in depth, you can also browse the location pages for some of St. Petersburg’s most popular landmarks: