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Jim Watters

Saint John

Andrew Varlamov

City Lights

Trinity Bridge, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation

February 18, 2024 16:00 GMT+0

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When in early 1700s during the Great Northern War Russia had obtained outlet to Baltic Sea and to the Neva river, it was decided to found fortress at the new place, because previous Swedish fortress Nyen and neighbour town Nyenshantz were burned out completely. Fortress Nyen was located at the confluence of the Neva River and the Okhta River. The place for new fortress was selected where the Neva is the most wide - at Hare island on the norhern shore. Fortress with ramparts made of earth was ready to 1706 and the city begun to grow around it.

Xinhua News Agency reported on February 2024 - The Chinese New Year has not only been a festive occasion within China but has also been embraced globally as a time of joy and cultural celebration. The color red, symbolizing good fortune and happiness in Chinese culture, has adorned landmark buildings across the globe during the festive period.

According to a report by the Xinhua News Agency, a massive banner featuring Chinese dragon-themed artifacts was displayed in Times Square in New York City, extending New Year's greetings to people worldwide. In New York, the Empire State Building also sparkled with red lights, highlighting the theme of the Chinese New Year.

The London Eye in the UK lit up in red and gold, signifying happiness and good luck. In Saint Petersburg, Russia, the "Chinese Red" illuminated the Trinity Bridge, adding to its serene beauty, while in Japan, the Tokyo Tower was dressed in red to send blessings for the Year of the Dragon.


Europe / Russia-Urals West

Lat: 59° 56' 42.703" N
Long: 30° 19' 29.747" E

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Precision is: Medium. Nearby, but not to the last decimal.


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