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Information about Petrozavodsk!


Two wire-sculptured fishermen; a gift from Duluth, Minnesota

Petrozavodsk is a small, beautiful, tranquil city located near to Lake Onega and is easily reached by train from Moscow or St Petersburg. While studying in Petrozavodsk you can combine the best of both worlds as there are endless opportunities to explore the city and its surrounds.

Lying close to the city are Russia´s largest lakes - Ladoga and Onega, which are definitely worth seeing, as are the beautiful monasteries that are located nearby to the city. For those that enjoy being outdoors the surrounding forest offers opportunities to go trekking or skiing in and the lakes for bathing, boating, fishing and skating.

Petrozavodsk is an all year round vacation destination. During the summer months you can enjoy the long days and light nights and in winter the opportunity to enjoy winter sports.

History
The city of Petrozavodsk takes its name from Tsar Peter´s metallurgical, gun and weapon factories. The factories were located on the banks of the Lososinka River at the dam, on which today Lunacharsky Street enters Kirov Square. The settlement around Peter´s factories soon became one of the largest settlements in the Northwest of Russia. But when Peter´s factories were closed the population of the large village diminished considerably. The former factory settlement remained only a settlement for a long period of time. It was not until the construction and start-up of the Alexandrovsky gun factory (on the current the territory of the Onega Tractor Plant) in 1777, by the Decree of Ekaterina II that the large village of Petrozavodsk received the status of being a city. The administrative centre of the new city became the Round Square, the current Lenin Square.

Orientation
Petrozavodsk is situated by Lake Onega close to the Finnish border, about 8 hours from St Petersburg and 15 hours from Moscow by train. Due to the smallness of the town, everything you need is found within easy walking distance. Petrozavodsk is a small city with approx. 300,000 inhabitants. All the main streets of the city converge towards the riverside walkway along the banks of Lake Onega. The beaches, islands, parks, cafés and restaurants all contribute to the hospitable feeling in the city and if you are brave enough while out and about you will find many opportunities to practice your Russian language skills.

Petrozavodsk coat of arms Facts & Figures
Population: 282,600
Foundation: 1703
Climate: Temperate continental, nautical
GMT Offset: GMT +3 hours
To do and see: Valaam in Lake Ladoga, Solovki, Kivach - Nature reserve, Kizhi Island, Petrozavodsk city tour,










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