XVII International Conference on Crystal Chemistry, X-Ray Diffraction and Spectroscopic Studies of Minerals
June 20-24, 2011
Saint Petersburg was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, Russia's first and the most famous Emperor. For more than 200 years, St. Petersburg was the capital of Russia and the main residence of 13 Russian Emperors. The city combines its fascinating heritage with a distinctly European outlook and offers a vibrant cultural life and precious art collections. During the 18th and 19th centuries European and Russian architects have built great palaces, cathedrals and parks in St. Petersburg. Today, over 100 palaces of Russian nobility and more than 80 museums can be visited.
St. Petersburg ranks, according to the UN, among the 10 most attractive tourist destinations in the world. About 1,5 million foreign and 2 million Russian tourists visit the city annually. The universities and research institutes of St. Petersburg represent a great scientific potential which is very important for international congress and conference organizers when choosing a destination for an upcoming event.
You can find a lot of marvelous views of St. Petersburg at the web-site of the photographer Peter Sobolev http://www.enlight.ru/camera/index_e.htm
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