I was very pleased when this book arrived, as it seems to be everything I hoped for. I purchased it as a gift for my husband, who loves architecture. This is a beautiful book, full of excellent photos of both interiors and exteriors of buildings throughout St. Petersburg. Take note, there aren't any floor plans (if that is something you enjoy like my husband does...). The book itself appears to be a quality book. Some larger scale books like this one (350+ pages and about 12 1/2 " X 11") can have binding problems from the start, but this appears well put together. Overall, a highly recommended title on all fronts. Enjoy!