St Petersburg 02

St Petersburg Episode 02 Peter the Great

The man who built his city out of nothing

The building of the beautiful city of St Petersburg at the dawn of the 18th century was all down to the willpower of one man: Peter the Great. Hear how he drove tens of thousands of serfs and prisoners of war to dig into marshland on the banks of the River Neva and plant the foundations of his dream city: an elegant array of palaces and cathedrals set to rival anything he had seen on his travels to Amsterdam and London. Find out about the man who dreamed of sophistication, yet watched his henchman torture his own son to death for opposing him.