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Why do so many historical buildings remain in Saint Petersburg after all the WWII bombings?

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I visited Saint Petersburg last July and was overwhelmed by its beauty, history and cultural relevance. But there's one question I forgot to ask: How come are there still so many 18th and 19th century buildings after the 900-day nazi blockade and bombings? For example, all the Neva frontline palaces are intact, and It's not that they are small buildings either... How did they manage to save them?
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asked Sep 1, 2016 in St. Petersburg by 1teacher (120 points)

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