St. Petersburg. November 16. INTERFAX — Vladimir Medinsky, Head of the Ministry of Culture, arranged the tour around St. Petersburg for his colleagues from abroad who had come to visit the Saint Petersburg International Cultural Forum.
‘Come to St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg is the very beginning of Russia. Essentially, it’s the most European Russian city, so the further you travel to the East, the more you will learn about Russia, its history and culture,’ Medinsky said after the tour.
In the framework of the tour, the Minister told the story of the St. Isaac’s Cathedral and shared some details about the process of its construction. He also accompanied guests to visit the Cathedral and the Viewing Platform.
‘I want people to be excited; many of them are in St. Petersburg for the first time,’ Medinsky told journalists.
The tour was attended by Ministers and Deputy Ministers of Culture from various countries who took part in the Forum, including Ministers of Abkhazia, Bahrain, Palestine, South Korea, Serbia, Turkey, South Ossetia, North Macedonia, etc.
The main venue of the Forum that takes place on November 14–14 in St. Petersburg is the General Staff Building of the Hermitage Museum. The Business Venue is traditionally hosted by the Russian Museum of Ethnography. Besides, practically all cultural institutions of the city are involved in holding various events — from state theatres to small art clusters and museums. Suring the Forum leading experts will speak on relevant issues in field of culture and arts. This year the honorary status of the Guest Country has been granted to the People’s Republic of China.