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Official symbols of the city

The historical coat of arms of Saint Petersburg, approved in 1730, confirmed in 1780, supplemented in 1857, never canceled and re-introduced in 1991, is the oldest and main official symbol of the city. The modern flag was adopted on June 8, 1992 and entered in the State heraldic register of the Russian Federation with the assignment of the registration number 49.

The coat of arms and flag of Saint Petersburg depict the scepter as a symbol of the capital and the Imperial power, the sea anchor as a symbol of the sea port and the river anchor as a symbol of the river port. The prototype was the coat of arms of the Vatican, as the city of St. Peter. The flag of St. Petersburg is the official symbol of the subject of the Russian Federation, indicating its constitutional and legal status, the unity of the residents of St. Petersburg, and the cultural heritage of St. Petersburg. Adopted on June 8, 1992, nine months after the relevant decision was issued.

The hymn of Saint Petersburg is one of the symbols of the city (music: "Hymn to the Great city" from the ballet "the Bronze horseman" by Reinhold Glier, edited by Grigory Korchmar, words by Oleg Chuprov). It was fully approved on may 13, 2003.

According to article 7 of the Charter of St. Petersburg, the historical symbols of the city are the ship on the spire of the Admiralty, the monument "the Bronze horseman", the angel on the spire of the Peter and Paul Cathedral. According to article 8 of the Charter of St. Petersburg, the tradition is the midday cannon shot of a signal gun from the Naryshkin Bastion of the Peter and Paul fortress.

Anthem Of Saint Petersburg

The anthem of Saint Petersburg is the official state symbol of the Federal city of Saint Petersburg. Finally, along with the text, it was approved on may 13, 2003, when the new version of the law of St. Petersburg No. 165-23 "on the detailed description of official symbols of St. Petersburg and the procedure for their use", approved on April 23 by the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg, was signed by the Governor of St. Petersburg.

Unofficial anthems of the city

  • "Evening song" - on the words of Alexander Churkin and music by Vasily Solovyov-Sedoy
  • "Atlanteans" is a song by Alexander Gorodnitsky, written in 1963
  • "So live, my city, live" is a song by Vladislav Irkhin, written in 2002
  • "Saint Petersburg-the proud white bird" is a song by Oleg Kvasha, the official anthem of the celebration of the 300th anniversary of Saint Petersburg
  • "Saint Petersburg" is a song by composer Timur Ibragimov based on poems by Eva Kondrasheva, written in 2003


  • Alexander Gorodnitsky wrote a hymn to the music of Glier from the ballet "the Bronze horseman"for the 250th anniversary of Leningrad.
  • At the official level, the anthem was performed without words until 2003
  • In 2002, the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg announced a competition for a new text of the city's anthem; on October 24, 2002, the competition jury, represented by honorary citizens of St. Petersburg (Zhores Alferov, Alice Freundlich, Kirill Lavrov, and others), recognized the text of Oleg Chuprov as the winner.
  • On December 17, 2002, the Commission headed By V. A. Tulpanov approved the chosen version of the anthem. The relevant law was adopted by the Legislative Assembly on April 23, 2003.
  • On may 13, 2003, the law was signed by the Governor of Saint Petersburg.
  • Currently, the relevance of the anthem is confirmed by article 6, paragraph 4 of the "Charter of St. Petersburg"