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  • The construction of Holy Trinity Cathedral, entrusted by Catherine II to architect Ivan Starov in the late 18C, completes the Alexander Nevsky Lavra. Quite unlike the Orthodox tradition, with a single dome and two bell-towers framing a classical faca..

  • 2 Smolny Complex Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Empress Elizabeth Petrovna was never able to admire the monastery she commissioned Bartolomeo Rastrelli to build because she died before it was finished. And the architect couldn't finish it because he was dismissed by Catherine II, who disliked him!..

  • The Cathedral of the Resurrection, in the heart of Smolny Monastery, proudly displays its Italian inspired Baroque exuberance tinged with Russian influences (gilded onion domes and a colourful façade). Bartolomeo Rastrelli was commissioned by Empress..

  • 4 Stroganov Palace Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Nevski Pr. 17

    You'll recognise the Stroganov Palace by the caryatids, medallions and lion's heads adorning its pink and white façade. It was designed by the Italian Bartolomeo Rastrelli, who built it in 1753-1754 in the Baroque style for Count Sergei Stroganov. Th..

  • 5 Bank Bridge Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This charming little bridge, affording a pretty view of the canal and the Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood, was built in 1826 by an engineer named Tretter. It was one of the first metallic suspension bridges in the world. It owes its name, Bank..

  • 6 Court of Merchants of Saint Petersburg Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Gostiny Dvor ("merchants' court") is the city's largest shopping mall. You can find everything here - and something for all budgets! It was designed by the Frenchman Vallin de la Mothe, who built it between 1761 et 1785 - in stone, at the r..

  • 7 National Library of Russia Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Founded in 1795, the National Library of Russia, the second largest in Russia, contains over 28 million books. Among its treasures are the archives of the Bastille prison and the personal library of Voltaire, acquired by Catherine the Great, with who..

  • 8 Alexandra Theatre Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pl. Ostrovskogo 6

    The Alexandra, renamed the Pushkin Theatre in the Soviet era, recently reclaimed its original name. Built by Carlo Rossi in 1830 in the Neoclassical style he favoured, the building has a portico with six columns topped by Stepan Pimenov's Apollo's ch..

  • 9 St. Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music Interesting

    Museums and art

    Pl. Ostrovskogo 6

    Posters, sets, costumes (including one worn by Maria Ermolova in her memorable interpretation of Schiller's Mary Stuart), scale models and photographs retrace the history of Russian theatre and dance at the Museum of Theatre and Music, founded in 191..

  • 10 St. Petersburg Eliseyev Emporium Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    angle de la Nevski et de la r. Malaïa Sadovaïa

    Attention gourmets! The Eliseyev Emporium, the most famous food shop in St. Petersburg, is housed in a beautiful building designed in the early 20C by Gavriil Baranovsky. Even if you don't feel like indulging, step inside just to admire the lavish Ar..

  • 11 Anichkov Palace Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Potemkin, Tsarina Catherine the Great's favourite, is said to have given sumptuous receptions here. After his death the Anichkov Palace, built in 1750, was extended along the quayside by a long building with a colonnade, then was flanked by two Neocl..

  • 12 Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This magnificent neo-Baroque palace on the other side of the Fontanka is striking with its bright pink colour and profuse sculpted decorations on its façades. Owned by the Princes Beloselsky-Belozersky, it was rebuilt in 1848 by architect Andrei Stac..

  • 13 Capella Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Nab. reki Moïki 20

    On the other side of Pevchesky Bridge, the beautiful building at the end of a courtyard separated from the quay by a cast-iron gate belongs to the Singing Academy or Capella. Founded during the reign of Peter the Great, it was directed by illustrious..

  • 14 Pushkin House-Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Nab. reki Moïki 12

    It was in this townhouse that the greatest poet of imperial Russia, Alexander Pushkin, died in January 1837, a few days after his duel with Georges d'Anthès. Among the documents preserved on the ground floor, you can read the anonymous letter (in Fre..

  • 15 Marble Palace Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Millionnaïa oul. 5/1

    The rather austere-looking Marble Palace owes its name to its profusion of marble, both inside and out. Catherine II, who planned to give it to her favourite, Grigori Orlov, wanted it to be particularly lavish and called upon her preferred architect,..

  • 16 Trinity Bridge Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This is one of the finest bridges in St. Petersburg and a symbol of rapprochement between France and Russia. The first stone was laid in 1897 in the presence of French President Félix Faure and Tsar Nicholas II. Composed of six metallic arches, Trini..

  • 17 Mikhailovskaya Street Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Lined by the Grand Hotel Europe and the Shostakovich Philharmonic Hall, short and wide Mikhailovskaya Street connects the Nevsky Prospekt and Arts Square, affording a lovely view of the square with its statue of Pushkin preceding St. Michael's Palace..

  • 18 Grand Hotel Europe Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Nevsky Prospekt, Mikhailovskaya Ulitsa 1/7

    This building in the neoclassical style was built in 1875 by Ludwig Fontana to house a luxury hotel. The atlantes on the façade lend it quite a stylish look, on a par with the interior decor offering everything its prestigious clientele could ask for..

  • 19 Shostakovich Philharmonic Hall Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Mikhaïlovskaïa oul. 2

    This hall is inextricably linked to the great composer Dmitri Shostakovich, after whom it was named. His 7th Symphony was played at the height of the siege of Leningrad in 1942 and broadcast throughout the country, becoming a symbol of the struggle f..

  • 20 Brodsky Apartment-Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Pl. Iskousstv 3

    Isaac Brodsky was a student of llya Repin. Like his teacher he painted landscapes (views of the North and South) and portraits in his youth, then changed course and dove into social realism, the standards for which were set by Andrei Aleksandrovich Z..

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