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January 7, 2020

Fascinating Photos of Leningrad (Saint Petersburg) in the Early 1960s

Saint Petersburg is situated on the Neva River, at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. It is Russia's second-largest city after Moscow. An important Russian port on the Baltic Sea, it has a status of a federal subject (a federal city).

Leningrad in 1961

Saint Petersburg is considered the Northern Capital and serves as a home to some federal government bodies such as the Constitutional Court of Russia and Heraldic Council of the President of the Russian Federation. It is also a seat for National Library of Russia and a planned location for the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation.

The Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so it's referred to as Russia's Culture Capital.

Saint Petersburg is also home to the Hermitage, one of the largest art museums in the world.

These fascinating color photos from gcosserat captured street scenes of Leningrad (Saint Petersburg) in 1961.

A police state

A welcoming committee as the ship docked

A woman cleaning streets

A woman tram driver

Cold water dispensers

Department store

Leningrad street scenes

Leningrad street scenes

Leningrad street scenes

Leningrad street scenes

Leningrad street scenes

Leningrad street scenes

Leningrad street scenes

Market stall

Market stall

Mikhail Kalinin

Peterhof Palace

The Aurora, symbol of the October Revolution, 1917

The church

The port of Leningrad

The press board

The river beach

The river

The river

Trams and cars in front of the Winter Palace, home of the fabulous Hermitage Museum

wedding party

Women roadworkers


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