9th Joint Meeting of
the European Software Engineering Conference and
the ACM SIGSOFT Symposium
on the Foundations of Software Engineering

Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg is the Venice of the north, the cultural capital of Russia and the home of some of the most spectacular sights of the world. Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great as a "window opened on Europe", Saint Petersburg was the Imperial capital of Russia and is now the country's second capital city. The city center has retained its unique splendor, largely unspoiled, with its triumphal arches, grandiose palaces and immense squares; it holds many world-class museums, beginning with the peerless Hermitage, and countless testimonials of Russia's tumultuous past and peerless cultural history. This is the city of Pushkin, Dostoievsky and Prokofiev, the birthplace of modern ballet, with sumptuous theater and concert halls in the former ballrooms of imperial and princely palaces. Saint Petersburg also has an exceptional scientific tradition, from Mendeleiev and Pavlov (and Euler) to Markov.

Built as the main sea and river port of northern Russia, Saint Petersburg is crisscrossed by rivers and canals; each one of over 800 St. Petersburg's bridges is unique; the most famous are the Neva river bridge, which open in the middle of the night for the delight of tourists.

Saint Petersburg has the vibrancy of a major European capital, an excellent transport and hotel infrastructure, excellent safety for tourists, and a beauty matched by few other places on earth.

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