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St. Petersburg UNESCO Heritage Sites Under Threat?

Russian authorities may be seeking to strip St. Petersburg's picturesque Tsarist-era suburbs of their status as World Heritage Sites. Conservationists say a Russian document recently submitted to UNESCO significantly reduces the territory outside St. Petersburg currently protected by the UN agency. The move has raised fears of large-scale development in the area that could encroach upon many historically important constructions.

The Chinese Palace at Oranienbaum, a private residence of Catherine the Great built by architect Antonio Rinaldi
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The Chinese Palace at Oranienbaum, a private residence of Catherine the Great built by architect Antonio Rinaldi

The pavilion of the "Three Graces" by architect Charles Cameron at the Pavlovsk Art and Architectural Museum-Reserve
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The pavilion of the "Three Graces" by architect Charles Cameron at the Pavlovsk Art and Architectural Museum-Reserve

The Venus Pavilion in the Gatchina Palace Park designed by Vincenzo Brenna
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The Venus Pavilion in the Gatchina Palace Park designed by Vincenzo Brenna

A view of Catherine Park at Tsarskoye Selo in the town of Pushkin, outside of St. Petersburg
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A view of Catherine Park at Tsarskoye Selo in the town of Pushkin, outside of St. Petersburg

The park at the Palace of Congresses in Strelna
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The park at the Palace of Congresses in Strelna

The Konstantin Palace in Strelna which hosted a Group of Eight summit in July 2006
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The Konstantin Palace in Strelna which hosted a Group of Eight summit in July 2006

The Grand Cascade Fountains at the Peterhof State Museum. The palace and park were built under Peter the Great having been inspired by France's Palace of Versailles.
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The Grand Cascade Fountains at the Peterhof State Museum. The palace and park were built under Peter the Great having been inspired by France's Palace of Versailles.

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