St. Petersburg was located next to nothing and built on swamp lands. Peter the Great had a vision to modernize Russia in order to compete with the West. He built canals that would connect rivers and flowed into the sea. He moved people there and built a city, filling it with churches, schools, and sophistication. It was Catherine the Great in 1762 who admired Peter and picked up were he left off. She added onto St. Petersburg, and erected statues, buildings, and brought Western art to Russian and especially St. Petersburg.
The two pictures below show St. Petersburg on the Neva River. The lower right is a drawing of what you would see during the 18th century.
Here is a common outfit that you would see more Russian women wearing during the 18th century. This new style of fashion was introduced by Peter the Great when he returned from his travels in Europe.
The picture on the left is the oldest house in St. Petersburg . The picture on the right is the Cathedral of the Apostles Sts Peter ad Paul. This is the oldest church in St. Petersburg, and is located inside the Peter and Paul fortress. This church is estimated to have been built around 1712.
This is the inside Count Sheremetev’s home. Peter the Great gave this land to Count Sheremetev around 1712. In 1750, Count Sheremetev built this mansion.
The Chesma church was built under Catherine the Great around 1774. the Chesma distributes beauty and Russian architecture. Catherine the Great picked up wear Peter left off, adding to the beauty of St. Petersburg.
This is the Police bridge that replaced the original Green wooden bridge. This was the first cast iron bridge built in the city in 1807. Peter and Catherine the Great contributed greatly to this achievement.