St. Petersburg was a city built by an order of Peter the First. According to the story, he wanted to build a European city on the shores of the Baltic Sea. The place was chosen strategically to protect the river deltas and the shore from Europeans and also to establish a trading post with Europe on that sea. Construction began in 1703 in the territory conquered from Sweden. Already by 1705 a few shipbuilding docks had been erected turning the town into an industrial center. They say that Peter the Great wanted to build a city based on Venice and Amsterdam - with water channels for the people to travel across the city. He hired an Italian architect to create a master plan of the city. He was very eager to see how his city was being built so he spent a lot of time there
too and even appointed the new city to become a capital of the Russian Empire nine years after the construction started. So because it became a capital, he needed a palace to live in, and while palace was being constructed he moved into a temporary house built to his special order. This house is still intact in the heart of the city, surrounded by modern architecture, so we can see a piece of history on these photos, as they say it is the first building in St. Petersburg. The rest were probably huts. Well, you know this building was a hut too. However to protect the wooden historical landmark from the pressure of time passing by, they erected a brick building AROUND the original wooden hut. See this inside.