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Coffee Hour: Saint Petersburg Russias Glorious Second City

Author: Tsukuba Information Center, Issue: July 2002, Topic: Coffee Hour

St. Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities of Russia. It is known as: "The Cultural Capital of Russia", "The window to Europe", and the "Venice of North". It is also, a special place for people who enjoy Russian literature. Additionally, the city is famous for the Hermitage Museum, Mariinsky Theater and the Kirov Ballet.

It was founded in 1703 by the Great Russian Tsar Peter the 1st and designed to be the center for the sciences, arts and culture and also as the main seaport of the country. The city has had to survive wars and revolutions.

Its character is rooted in its geography. Facing the Gulf of Finland, situated almost as far north as Anchorage, Alaska, the city has damp, frozen winters and rainy summers tempered by "white nights". The Neva River hooks through St.Petersburg, dividing into large and small branches and splintering off again into silvery channels. This month's guest, Ms. Tatiana Bolotova will introduce you to the Russia's Glorious Second City during the Coffee Hour. She has lived in St. Petersburg for a long time. She came to Japan with her family five years ago and now lives in Tsukuba with her beautiful children and husband who works at a research institute.

Date: July 24 (Wed)
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Place: Tsukuba Information Center 3F
Guest Ms. Tatiana Bolotova

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