With the World's Great Travellers, Vol. 7 (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from With the World's Great Travellers, Vol. 7
Why Saint Petersburg? The Peter who literally made the city was certainly no saint. Its great Cathedral is dedicated to St. Isaac. The metropolitan church is the Cathedral of our Lady of Kazan. Peter was a wonderful man and a great king in his way. He was, as to dashing originality and indomitable energy a prototype of the typical Chicago man, and in one or two respects his city is not without resemblance to the metropolis of-the West. After a victory or two over his Swedish neighbors Peter determined to plant a capital city that should command the respectful attention of Europe. He wished to bring his country into touch with western civilization. Without hesitation he commanded the building of a city where hardly any reflective founder would have dreamt of placing it. The site is a vast marshy region extending for hundreds of miles north and east of the point where the Neva flows into the Gulf of Finland. Here Peter laid the foundations of a cathedral to Saints Peter and Paul (Chicago possesses one of the same name) and of a fort, which bears his own name. His city sprang up with the rapidity of a Chicago sky-scraper.
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