1970s Leningrad: Incredible Photos Show Street Scenes and Life in St Petersburg

In the early 1970s, the population of Leningrad was around four million and the city was developing rapidly. Many new residential boroughs were built to accommodate the growing population. The Dostoevsky and Rimsky-Korsakov Museums were established. The Na Fontanke Youth Theatre was opened in 1974. A monument commemorating the victims and heroism of the siege was unveiled in 1975.

Previously we’ve shared interesting vintage photos of St. Petersburg from the 1960s and today we’re sharing some more photos of old Leningrad from the 1970s.

#4 Street in Front of St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Leningrad, 1972.

#5 The Hotel Astoria on Saint Isaac’s Square in Saint Petersburg, 1973.

#6 A luxurious bedroom with a gold bed and Chinese wallpaper in the Hermitage Museum, Leningrad, 1973.

#7 The Grand Cascade in the grounds of Peterhof Palace in Leningrad, 1973.

#8 Buildings on the banks of the River Neva in Leningrad, 1973.

#9 Leningrad Garrison Orchestra during the Victory Day Parade in Leningrad on May, 9, 1978.

#10 The Winter Palace houses the Hermitage Museum, 1975.

#12 A rowboat passes beneath a bridge over one of Leningrad’s many canals, 1972.

#13 A passenger boat cruises along the Neva River on a white night in Leningrad, 1972.

#14 A man playing a brass instrument during May Day celebrations on Nevsky Prospekt, Leningrad, 1972.

#15 Festival of friendship between the youth of the USSR and the GDR in Leningrad, July 1972.

#18 Sightseers Returning From Pushkin to Leningrad by Train, 1975.

#19 Russian sea cadets marching in a parade on Nevsky Prospect, Leningrad, May 1975.

#20 The Winter Palace houses the Hermitage Museum, 1979.

#21 Tanks of the Leningrad Military District during the Sever drill in Leningrad, 1976.

#24 Empress Farah Pahlavi of Iran in Leningard, 1970.

#25 Two women repairing a road in Leningrad, May 1972.

#26 The Hotel Astoria on Saint Isaac’s Square in Saint Petersburg, 1973.

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