More than 300 years have gone since St. Petersburg was founded, and more than 300 floods have happened in the city. Snow melted, the river was overflowing — therefore city streets were repeatedly covered with water.
Nowadays you can still spot some of the flood signs which say to which height water has been rising and when exactly. It’s a bit of time machine. You walk from Starbucks with an iPhone in your hand… and boom! You’re two centuries ago. Almost drowning.
There are a lot of these signs on the walls of typical old and greyish St.Pete buildings in the streets of the city centre (pay attention and you’ll see them!). Most of them are in Russian, but this one isn’t. Interesting that this sign is placed on the wall of Raskolnikov’s house (the protagonist of the famous Dostoevsky book “Crime and Punishment” — the writer lived nearby himself).
On the left side of the “Raskolnikov’s house” memorial plaque, there is the flood sign in Russian, and on the left side, one in German.
This flood was the ugliest for the city. The water went up to 4 meters in some parts of the city.