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State Hermitage
The largest museum in Russia, which, along with the Spanish Prado, the Parisian Louvre and the Vatican museums, is included in the list of the most outstanding and valuable art collections in the world. The Hermitage's expositions occupy 6 buildings; about 3 million exhibits are kept here. The real pride of the museum is the building of the Winter Palace, where the residence of the royal family was located. This magnificent complex was built by Bartolomeo Rastrelli in the Elizabethan Baroque style.
Palace Square
The main square of St. Petersburg is located in front of the Winter Palace. Its dimensions are almost twice the size of the capital's Red Square. The architectural ensemble with ideal geometric proportions was built in the 18th-19th centuries. In the middle of the square is the monumental Column of Alexandria, which is dedicated to the victory of the Russian Empire over Napoleon's army. The column was erected by order of Nicholas I.
Main Admiralty building
A structure on the banks of the Neva, which is located on the site of the first shipyard on the Baltic Sea. The building was built in the architectural style of the Russian Empire. The figure of the ship crowning the spire of the Admiralty is one of the symbols of the Northern capital. Under Peter I, there was a real fortress here that protected the shipyard during the Northern War. Since 2012, the headquarters of the command of the Russian Navy has been located in the Admiralty.
Alexandrinsky theater
The first Russian drama theater for public visits, founded in the middle of the 18th century by order of Elizaveta Petrovna. A few decades after the appearance of the first building, the reconstruction was carried out under the direction of the architect K. Rossi. The most prominent Russian directors worked at the theater at different times: V. Meyerhold, G. Tovstonogov, G. Kozintsev, N. Akimov.
Mariinskii Opera House
The main St. Petersburg opera stage, one of the iconic cultural places of the city. The theater appeared in the middle of the 19th century by decree of Alexander II, who wished to name it in honor of his wife Maria Alexandrovna. Master Alberto Cavos worked on the project. The performances of the Mariinsky are very popular with foreign tourists, many of them come here with pleasure to listen to a real Russian opera.
The museum, created by order of Peter I, where samples of mutations, deformities, genetic disorders, pathologies and man-made "ugliness" of nature and the human body were collected for more than 300 years. In the first years of the museum's existence, real dwarfs, giants and other people with "abnormalities" lived here. All three centuries of its existence, the interest in the collection has always been very high. To date, more than one million copies have been collected.
State Russian Museum
The world's largest museum of Russian fine arts. Opened at the end of the 19th century. during the reign of Nicholas II. The collection was made up of the transferred exhibits from the Hermitage, the Alexander Palace, the Academy of Arts, as well as from the private collections of some Russian aristocrats. The main exposition is located on the territory of the Mikhailovsky Palace. In the museum you can see the canvases of Bryullov, Repin, Aivazovsky and other masters.
House of Peter I
The first residential building in St. Petersburg at the beginning of the 18th century, where the emperor lived during the construction of the city. At the moment, the wooden structure has been moved to another place and covered with a stone "case" for better preservation (the first frame appeared at the end of the 18th century). According to legend, the house was erected in just three days by the hands of skilled carpenters. Since 1930, a museum has been operating on the territory, where you can see the personal belongings of the king.
Peter-Pavel's Fortress
The defensive structure and the historical center of St. Petersburg at the beginning of the 18th century, from which the construction of the city began. The fortress was never used for its intended purpose (it served as a prison). The architectural ensemble consists of fortress walls, bastions, front gates and administrative buildings. For a long time, the Peter and Paul Cathedral on the territory of the fort was the main temple of the capital. It was built in the style of the classic "Russian baroque".
Mikhailovsky castle
Built by order of Paul I in the center of St. Petersburg at the turn of the 18th-19th centuries. The emperor wanted to find a new home, fearing palace coups. Ironically, it was in the new castle that he was killed. Subsequently, the territory was transferred to the management of the Russian Museum. The castle is open to tourists with tickets or excursions on an ongoing basis. In the courtyard there are monuments to Peter I and Paul I.
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
The majestic cathedral, the decoration of the city and the largest Orthodox church in St. Petersburg. The construction was carried out under the personal supervision of Nicholas I according to the project of O. Montferrand. The building of the cathedral is an example of late classics with harmonious touches of Neo-Renaissance and Byzantine style. The temple was named in honor of the patron saint of Peter the Great, the Monk Isaac of Dalmatia.
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
The temple erected by Alexander III on the site of the assassination of the reformer Tsar Alexander II. The height of the building is 81 meters, which corresponds to the date of the tragic event - 1881. The cathedral was ready by 1907. Regular services were not held here, only services were held in memory of Alexander II. During the years of Soviet power, the temple was used as a morgue and warehouse. After renovation in 1997, a museum was opened in the building.
Kazan Cathedral
The main Orthodox church in St. Petersburg, where the icon of the Kazan Mother of God is kept. The cathedral was built by the architect A. Voronikhin in the Empire style. The laying of the first stone took place in the presence of Alexander I. The interiors are decorated with monumental colonnades and are more reminiscent of a palace than a church. The icons for the church were painted by famous masters O. Kiprensky, A. Ivanov and others.
Smolny monastery
An architectural complex built according to the project of B. Rastrelli (commissioned by Empress Elizabeth). Another name for the monastery is the Resurrection Novodevichy Convent. Smolny Monastery was built for 87 years, the work was constantly interrupted by wars and lack of sufficient funding. The main cathedral was never opened for worship. All the interior furnishings of the monastery were removed during the USSR period. A concert hall has been operating here since 1990.
Alexander Nevsky Lavra
The monastery was founded by decree of Peter the Great, who wanted to perpetuate the victory of Alexander Nevsky over the Teutonic knights in 1240. After the consecration of the Trinity Cathedral of the Lavra, the relics of Alexander Nevsky were brought here. A printing house, a seminary, an orphanage and a hospital worked at the monastery. By the end of the 18th century, the monastery had become an important spiritual and cultural center of the Russian Empire and received the status of a lavra.
Bronze Horseman
Monument dedicated to the founder of the city Peter the Great, located on Senate Square. The Bronze Horseman appeared at the request of Empress Catherine II. She decided to immortalize the image of Peter in a majestic figure with a scepter, dressed in the clothes of the Roman emperor, but the sculptor Falcone thought otherwise. He represented Peter as a creator, a benefactor of Russia. The result was a monument where Peter patronizingly "stretches out his right hand" over the country.
House of the company "Singer"
The building is a striking example of St. Petersburg Art Nouveau. It houses a bookstore. All city literature lovers gather here. At the beginning of the 20th century, the site belonged to the American company Singer, which planned to erect a high-rise building and place an office in it. Of the planned eleven floors, only seven were built, but all the same, the structure stood out against the background of the surrounding landscape.
Palace bridge
A drawbridge over the Neva River, a symbol of St. Petersburg. The structure connects Vasilievsky Island with the central part of the city. The bridge started working in 1916, but its famous figured lattices appeared only twenty years later. The bridge was reconstructed in 1967, 1977 and 1997. Until 1998, a tram line ran here. The weight of the cast iron structure is 700 tons. Some of the elements of the bridge's drawbridge are over a hundred years old.
Cruiser "Aurora"
A 1900 warship that took part in the Battle of Tsushima in the waters of the Pacific Ocean. After returning to the Baltic Sea, it was used as a training one. In October 1917, a cannon shot fired from a cruiser was the signal for the storming of the Winter Palace and the beginning of the Bolshevik coup (October Revolution of 1917). Until 1940, the ship was used for its intended purpose, and since 1948 it departed for the "eternal mooring", a museum exposition was placed inside.
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