Obelisk in Memory of the Russian Sailors who Perished at Tsushima: Troickaya Square (Trinity Square)

Troickaya Square (Trinity Square)

The obelisk was set up in 1908. The author of the memorial was the sculptor A. L. Ober.

Nikolsky Sobor (Cathedral): Ploshchad Nicolckaya (Nicolckaya Square).

Ploshchad Nicolckaya (Nicolckaya Square).

The Nikolsky Cathedral is an architectural monument; it was built in 1753—1762 by the eminent Russian architect S. I. Chevakfnsky. The beautifully proportioned, light and elegant bell-tower of the cathedral is one of the masterpieces of the 18th century architecture.

The House actor named K.S. Stanislavsky (K. S. Stanislavsky Palace of Art Workers): Nevsky Prospect, 86 (86, Nevsky Avenue)

In 1835 the architect Q. Fossati erected a building with a classical portico, and in 1959 it became the Palace of Art Workers, the first in the country. This palace joins two clubs of intellectuals, the House of Art Workers and the Actor’s House. The palace runs two Universities of Culture, organizes various cycles of…


The State educational institutions Education Center “St. Petersburg City Palace of Youth Creativity” (A. A. Zhdanov Palace of Young Pioneers). Address: 191023, St. Petersburg, Nevsky Prospect, 39, letter A

The St. Petersburg City Palace of Youth Creativity — a wonderful gift from the Russianpeople to the children of Saint Petersburg — was opened on February 12, 1937, in the former Anichkov Palace, where court nobility used to assemble at magnificent balls. Nowadays the three buildings of the palace contain 300 laboratories and workshops, work-rooms…


The Vaganova Ballet Academy. (A. Y. Vagdnova Chorea graphical School); A. V. Lunachdrsky Theatrical Library; A. N. Ostrovsky Theatrical Museum: Ulitsa Zodchevo Rossi, Ploshchad Ostrovskovo, 6 (6, Architect Rossi Street, Ostrovsky Square).

The ballet school was established in 1738 to train artists for the Russian court theatres and since 1837 has been housed in the world-famous building in Architect Rossi Street. Such coryphees of Russian ballet as A. I. Istomina, E. A. Te-iesheva, A. P. Pavlova, A. Y. Vaganova, V. F. Nizhinsky, M. M. Fokin and many…


A. S. Pushkin Academic Drama Theatre: Ploshchad Ostrovskovo (Ostrovsky Square)

A. S. Pushkin Academic Theatre. Its history is a vivid illustration of the growth of old Russian and modern Russiandramatic art. On August 31, 1832, the Aleksandrinsky Theatre (as it was called before the Revolution) gave its first performance. It was M. V. Kryukovsky’s historical drama Prince Pozharsky. The building of the theatre, wonderfully harmonious…


The Russian National library Saltykov-Shchedrin (M. E. Saltykov-Shchedrin State Public Library): Address: Ostrovsky, third, Moskovsky Prospekt, 165 / 2 nab. p. Fontanka, 36, Foundry Avenue, 49

The State Public Library named after M. E. Saltykoy-Shchedrin is one of the largest book repositories and a world-known bibliography-research centre. It contains over 13,000,000 catalogued items, three times more than in pre-revolutionary years. Nearly 4,000 people come to the library every day in order to draw out more than 12,000 books, magazines, newspapers and…


Monument to M. I. Glinka in Teatrdlnaya Ploshchad (Theatre Square).

Teatrdlnaya Ploshchad (Theatre Square).

The monument to M. I Glinka, the great Russian composer and founder of our national opera and symphonic. art, was erected in 1906 according to the design of the sculptor P. P. Bach.

The St.Petersburg State Conservatory (N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire): 190000, Saint Petersburg, Teatralnaya Ploshchad 3 (3 Theatre Square). Metro station “Sennaya Square” “Sadovaya (Garden)”, etc. – 15-20 minutes on foot. via Griboyedov

Monument to N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov in Teatralnaya Ploshchad (Theatre Square). In 1952, near the building of the conservatoire where the outstanding Russian composer taught his students, a monument to N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov was unveiled; this memorial was designed by the sculptor V. Y. Bogolyubov and V. I. Ingal This is the oldest Russian conservatoire; it…


The State Academic Mariinsky Theatre Opera and Ballet ( formerly S. M. Kirov Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre): Teatralnaya Ploshchad, 1 (1Theatre Square).

This is one of the oldest theatres in Saint Petersburg; its stage history is organically associated with the development of Russian musical, vocal and choreographic art. On October 2, 1860, the patriotic opera Ivan Susanin by M. I. Glinka was staged in the building designed by the well-known theatre architect A. K. Kavos and built…


Branch of the Institute of Physiology named after Academician I. P. Pavlov; Monument to I. P. Pavlov: Selo Pavlovo (Village of Pavlov), formerly Koltushi.

By the decree of the RussianGovernment, a Biological station was established here in accordance with I. P. Pavlov’s plan. The great physiologist worked for many years in this scientific research centre —the Capital of Conditioned Reflexes. In 1951, close to the building of the Institute, a monument to I. P. Pavlov was set up: a…


A. V. Suvorov Museum: 193015, St. Petersburg, ul. Kirochnaya (formerly the Saltykov-Shchedrin), 43, from Art. m. “Chernyshevskaya”

The collection of the museum includes about 4,000 items; they show the chief landmarks in Suvorov’s life and the development of his military genius. The museum has gathered valuable archive materials and various thophies captured by the Russian army under the command of Suvorov. The building of the museum was erected in 1904 in accordance…


Saint Petersburg Philharmonia (Grand Hall): Mikhailovskaya Street

The Saint Petersburg Philhar mania is the oldest concert sponsoring society in the country. At the close of the 19th century the Russian Musical Society gave numerous concerts here; outstanding performers appeared before audiences in the Grand Hall, among them the pianist Anton Rubinstein; P. I. Tchaikovsky conducted his Sixth Symphony there. The Symphony Orchestra…


Saint Petersburg Chess Club named after M. I. Chigorin: 191186, St. Petersburg, ul. Most Konyushennaya 25

Interesting All-Union and international competitions between the leading chess players are often held at the club. The Saint Petersburg chess-school has the steady reputation of being one of the most skilled in our country. M. M. Botvinnik, the world chess champion, is one of the founders of the Saint Petersburg chess-school. The club saw many…


A. S. Popov Central Museum of Communications: 190000, St. Petersburg, ul. Pochtamtskaya 7

Founded in- 1877 as the Post-and-Telegraph Museum, it dealt with collecting all kinds of rarities and curiosities. Only after 1917 did the museum become a real cultural and educational institution. Its exhibits are housed in the former palace of a nobleman built in the 18th century. Among the unique exhibits of the Historical Section are…


Going for a walk in the Summer Garden

in the Summer Garden.

Old photo

At the Palace Bridge in spring

Old photo

Old photo

Smolny Sobor (Cathedral): Ploshchad Rastrelli (Rastrelli Square)

Ploshchad Rastrelli (Rastrelli Square)

The huge five-domed cathedral (85 metres high) of the Smolny Nunnery is the centre of an architectural ensemble built in 1748—1764 to the design of the architect V. V. Rastrelli, an outstanding master of the baroque style.
In 1832—1835 the architect V. P. Stasov completed the construction and the fittings of the cathedral.

The Swan Canal

Canal in St. Petersburg

Swan Canal (canal Swan) – Canal in St. Petersburg. Joins the River Neva Irek Sink. Swan Canal between the Summer Garden (Summer Garden Island) and the Field of Mars (1st Admiralty Island).

A. S. Pushkin Memorial Museum: Naberezhnaya Moiki, 12 (12, Moika Embankment). Directions: Art. Metro station “Nevsky Prospect” and “Seating court,” any form of transport on the Nevsky Prospect Street to B Stables. or the Palace Square.

A. S. Pushkin lived in this house from October 1836 to the day of his death on January 29, 1837. The rooms of the museum contain many of the things that belonged to the poet — his writing-table, desk, inkstand and pen, his portraits painted by famous contemporary artists during Pushkin’s life and after his…


View of the Palace Square from under the Arch of the General Headquarters.

from   under the Arch of the General Headquarters.

State Hermitage; All-Union Museum of A. S. Pushkin; Winter Palace: Dvortsovaya Naberezhnaya, 34—36 (34—36, Palace Embankment).

The State Hermitage is a rich treasure house of world culture and art. It is the greatest history and’ arts museum in the RUSSIA — a museum of world significance. The collections of the museum began to accumulate as far back as the 18th century, when they were considered the personal property of the tsar’s…


Buildings of the Central State Historical Archives. Senate Square (in 1923-2008 – Decembrists Square).

This square, Senatskaya Ploshchad, was given the name of the Decembrists because on that memorable day, December 14, 1825, this square was the scene of the first open armed uprising of the revolutionary young noblemen, afterwards known as the Decembrists, who proclaimed the abolition of serfdom and autocracy. The architectural ensemble of the square is…


Museum of the History of Saint Petersburg: Naberezhnaya Krasnovo Flota, 44 (44, Red Navy Embankment).

The exhibition of the museum is housed in an old mansion. It reflects the history of the city from the time of its foundation up to the present day. There is a special section called Socialist Saint Petersburg that contains some interesting documents and exhibits revealing the great socialist changes effected in Saint Petersburg during…


Obelisk-Stela near the Anchorage of the ‘Aurora’: Naberezhnaya Krasnovo Flota (Red Navy Embankment).

Naberezhnaya Krasnovo Flota (Red Navy Embankment).

The stela stands not far from Lieutenant Schmidt Bridge (former Nikolayevsky Bridge), just opposite the place where on October 25, 1917, the revolutionary cruiser Aurora heralded the victory of the Socialist Revolution by firing a salvo. The obelisk was designed by the architect A. I. Qegello and put up in 1939.

Rostral Columns (lat. columna rostrata): located on the arrow Vasilevsky Island. Opposite the Stock Exchange

In 1806 two column-shaped lighthouses adorned with rostrums (sculptural replicas of ships’ prows) were built on the Spit of Vasilyevsky Island. The columns were designed by the architect Thomas de Thomon. The mighty figures, seated at the foot of the columns, personify Russia’s trade routes — the Neva, the Volkhov, the Volga and the Dnieper.…


Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography; M. V. Lomonosov Museum of the Academy of Sciences of the Russia: Vasilyevsky Ostrov, Universitetskaya Naberezhnaya, 3.

Founded in 1714, the Museum of Natural History was transferred to this building in 1727. The building of the Kunstkamera, where the museum came to be housed, was erected in 1718— 1734 by the architects G. I. Mattarnovi, G. Kiaveri and M. G. Zemtsov. In the 1740’s the structure was remodelled under the supervision of…


Central Naval Museum: 199034, St. Petersburg, Exchange Square Building 4, The museum is located on the Spit of Vasilevsky Island in the former Stock Exchange Nearest metro station “Gostiny Dvor” (“Nevsky Prospect”), “Gorky”, “Sports”

The museum was founded in 1709 by Peter I’s edict ordering the formation of a Model-Kdmora (Model Chamber) in the building of the Admiralty. Nowadays its collections are housed in the former Fondovaya Birzha (Stock Exchange). The Exchange building is the centre of a majestic architectural ensemble on the Strelka (Spit) of Vasilyevsky Island, created…


A. Pushkin Museum of Literature: Vasilyevsky Ostrov, Naberezhnaya Admirab Makarova 4, Metro station “Nevsky Prospect”, “Vasileostrovskaya”, “Sports”

The exhibition of the museum, which was founded in 1899, shows the development of Russian literature beginning with the most ancient masterpiece — Slovo o Polku fgoreve (The Lay of Igor’s Host). Special sections of the exhibition are devoted to the work of A. N. Radishchev, M. Y. Lermontov, N. V. Gogol, I. S. Turgenev,…


Saint Petersburg State University: Universitetskaya Naberezhnaya, 7/9 (7/9, University Embankment).

The University was founded in 1819. It is one of the most important educational and scientific centres in our country. The building of the University, a fine specimen of 18th century architecture, was erected bv Domenico Trezzini in 1722— 1742 to house Peter I’s Twelve Colleges. The scientific schools headed by the mathematician P. L.…


Academy of Arts (State Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture named Repin) 199034, St. Petersburg, Universitetskaya nab., 17

This Academy of the Three Noblest Arts (painting, sculpture and architecture) was founded in Petersburg in 1757. In 1764—1788 the splendid building, which has been preserved in its original state up to the present day, was constructed according to the design of the architects A. F. Kokorinov and J. B. Vallin-Delamothe. During the 200 years…