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Russian royal beauty, Romanov and Peter the Great – Saint Petersburg

"Former Russian capital whose mysterious White Nights and winding canals inspired literary giants as Fyodor Dostoevsky and Nikolai Gogol. Constructed from scratch out of marshland in 1703 by Peter the Great, as Russia’s “Window to Europe”, St Petersburg has seen more revolution, war and political intrigue in its 350 years or so than other cities