THE LENINGRAD REGION

The Leningrad Region’s system of recreation, tourism, and sports is one of the most developed in Russia. The region is visited by more than two million guests per year. The recreational demand is related to the cultural and historic monuments of St. Petersburg and its nearest suburbs.

The cultural potential of Leningrad region is a result of its rich history. At present there are 4700 objects of cultural heritage in the region – monuments of history, architecture, culture and archeology. Of special importance for the history and culture of the territory are the monasteries founded and constructed during the period from the 13th to the 19th centuries, a number of which are active to this day: Old Ladoga, Big Assumption in Tikhvin, Trinity, Transfiguration Alexandro-Svirsky and Vvedeno-Oyatsky Island in Lodejnoe Pole District, Trinity-Zelenetsky in the Zelenets settlement of the Volkhov district, Konevsky on Konevets island in Ladoga lake. And unforgettable impression is made by the forts of Old Ladoga, Ivangorod, Koporje, Vyborg, Oreshek, Korela, Yamgorod (Kingisepp), as well as by the many monuments of wooden architecture.

The region’s proximity to Saint Petersburg , capital of the Russian empire for two hundred years, led to the construction of magnificent princely residences and manors of nobility that are of undeniable architectural and historical value. From the second half of the 19th to the beginning of the 20th centuries the suburbs of Saint-Petersburg were a favorite place of rest for outstanding men of science, culture and arts. The Petersburg province was an ideal place to combine creative solitude with lively cultural dialogue. The various summer residences and manors were visited at different times by poets and writers such as A.S. Pushkin, A.N. Majkov, A.K. Tolstoj, A.I. Kuprin, V.V. Nabokov, N.A. Nekrasov, I.S. Turgenev, artists N.K. Rerikh, O.A. Kiprensky, I.N. Kramskoj, I.I. Shishkin, musicians N.A. Rimskij-Korsakov (a native of Tikhvin), M.P. Musorgsky and many others.

The most precious natural resource of the Leningrad Region is an extensive system of rivers and lakes, which covers practically the entire region and links it both to other regions of as well as to neighboring countries.

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Location: The Leningrad region is located in the historic region of Ingria and bordered by Finland in the northwest, Estonia in the west, as well as five federal subjects of Russia: the Republic of Karelia in the northeast, the Vologda region  in the east, the Novgorod region in the south, the Pskov region in the southwest, and the federal city of Saint Petersburg in the west. The Leningrad region’s area is 84,500 square kilometers with the population of more than 1,700 000.  The region is highly industrialized. Time: The region belongs to the Moscow standard time zone (MST), which is UTC + 3 hours. Climate:

The average temperature in the Leningrad region

January

 -8°C

February

-8°C

March

-2°C

April

 4°C

May

 10°C

June

 14°C

July

 18°C

August

15°C

September

 10°C

October

 3°C

November

0°C

December

-4°C