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Old Posted Jan 5, 2008, 8:33 PM
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Originally Posted by anm View Post
Inasmuch as Prussia has been colonized by Germany - yes. St. Petersburg has been started with mainly Dutch/German influences and later got significant contributions from French/Italian architects. Czars wanted capital with European feel, particlularly its founder Peter the Great, Catherine II the Great (of German origin) and Pavel (big fan of German/ Prussian customs). Authentic Russian architecture is engraved in its mostly German fabric.
Well, Prussia is (part of) Germany. Prussia and Russia are completely different places. But yes, I had heard that the Tsar sought to "Europeanize" Russia and this is why he built the new capital of St. Petersburg and invited Germans to settle. So the similar appearance isn't surprising, I just haven't had the opportunity to visit and see it for myself.
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