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Today I have three cards from Saint Petersburg, Russia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The first card is an official Postcrossing card and shows the Alexander column in the Palace Square, in front of the famed Winter Palace. The column was completed in 1834 to commemorate the Russian victory against Napoleon. It was named after the Tsar Alexander I.

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The second card, also from Postcrossing, shows a lion sculpture on the Palace Embankment, with a view of the Winter Palace in the background. The Winter Palace was the official home of the Russian tsars between 1732 and 1917. Peter the Great, the founder of Saint Petersburg, built the first Winter Palace on the site in the early 1700s. The current Winter Palace is an expansion of the Apraskin Palace that was undertaken by Tsaritsa Anna starting in 1732.

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And finally, this card shows the Church on Spilt Blood, built in 1883 on the site of Emperor Alexander II’s assassination. Alexander II was assassinated in 1881. Alexander II was known as a great reformer of Russian government, but his assassination greatly set back the reforms and his successors, his son Alexander III and grandson Nicholas II, were much more repressive, leading to the revolution in 1917. Who knows what might have happened if Alexander II had not been assassinated.

There were some new and interesting stamps on the cards, as you can see:

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On the left is a stamp from 2013 showing the Admiralty Building and St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg. The stamp on the right is from 2010 and shows the Kattashi, a Russian headdress.

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In the second set of stamps, on the top is a stamp from 2011 showing a Russian military aircraft. On the bottom is a stamp from 2009 showing Adolph Theodor Kupffer, a chemist and physicist who founded the Depot of Standard Weights and Measures in Russia.

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