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The Many Faces of the city

Petersburg has entered to a new era, absorbing the historical heritage and linking it with the realities of our modern life. Streets of St. Petersburg combines absolutely different dissimilar side. Someone sees official St. Petersburg, that shines in advertizing brochures. Parade facades of palaces, heritage of imperial Russia, monumental sculptures, beautiful bridges, cathedrals, museums, broad avenues, designer restaurants, fashionable clothes in show-windows of shops, expensive cars, bright advertising, souvenirs on Nevsky, white nights, and crowds of tourists. Petersburg to  become the most European city in Russia.

The city has also a reverse side is St. Petersburg where behind of beautiful facades hiding huge communal flats, front doors with the peeled-off paint and old ladders with a stucco molding of imperial times are . It is St. Petersburg Dostoyevsky, Balabanov, rock club on Rubenstein street. This is Petersburg of yards - wells, shabby tunnels between the houses, the random windows on the  solid walls of houses, the gray weather and tin roofs.

New areas are built and woven into the overall structure of the city, they have their own architectural characteristics. They are strictly functional, broad avenues connected endless cell windows. However, not everyone who grew up in new areas from St. Petersburg would agree to move to the historic center of St. Petersburg: the center is not always convenient to live. Architectural integrity of the city consists in a combination of grandiose beauty of offical St. Petersburg to a graphic quality of internal St. Petersburg. Gloss is combined with internal desolation that gives rise to a amazing special unique St.Petersburg map, the many-faces city. This is Peter, baby!

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