If it is Your First Time in St Petersburg
(Part 2, see part 1 here)
If it is your first time in St. Petersburg and you only have one day to explore it. We offer you an interesting route to get to see the main sights of the city.
The famous store is at the intersection of Malaya Sadovaya Street and Nevsky Prospect, where one can admire a colorful showcase, and also enjoy delicious pastries. For one hundred rubles one can buy wonderful eclairs — they not only melt in your mouth, but are furnished with all the gloss of the historic store. The building was designed by one of the largest architects and public figures of the late XIX — early XX century G. V. Baranovsky. By the way, in the Soviet era, Eliseevsky shop on Nevsky Prospekt, 56, was officially called “Gastronome № 1” — though no one called it that. You spend precious hours of time discovering the surrounding sights.
Klodt’s Horses of Anichkov BridgeThe building was designed and built as the largest commercial space in the Russian Empire. It was financed by the merchants and in return the shops and commercial premises were given to them in eternal and hereditary possession. The first draft of the Grand Gostiny Dvor was presented by Rastrelli in 1757, but it seemed too grandiose, and the merchants found such construction expensive. By 1761, the construction of trading platform was granted to the architect Vallin Delamota. In 1785 the erection of the building was completely finished, and trade began to gain momentum. In the fifties of the XX century the partitions between the shops were dismantled, and all 178 separate shops, there joined into a single Department store. We suggest a quick stroll through the gallery of the second floor to see the Nevsky from small elevation.
Catherine’s Square and Ostrovskogo Square
The square is in front of one of the main theatre of the city — the Alexandrinsky Theatre. In the square there is a statue of the great Empress Catherine. Its grand opening was held in 1873. At the base of the monument one can see statures of famous public figures of Russia of second half XVIII century. One can see generals Suvorov and Potemkin, count Rumyantsev, the poet Derzhavin, President of the Academy of arts Betsky, Princess Dashkova, who headed the Academy of Sciences and the Russian Academy; count Orlov, head of the Ministry of foreign Affairs Bezborodko and Admiral Chichagov.
The Rossi Street
Around the Alexandrinsky theatre there is a street named after Architect Rossi. A distinctive feature of this street is the proportionality of its development. Street was made exactly according to the ancient canons. The height of the buildings constructed here is equal to its width and is 22 meters. The length of the street ten times more — 220 meters.
The New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theatre
Slightly moving away from the interesting street on the Fontanka river in the direction of Nevsky Prospekt, one can discover a new landmark on the city map, a New stage of the Alexandrinsky theatre. One will not find anything downright expressive in its appearance. The structure is built on the basis of the former theatre workshop, the entrance is hidden behind a glass colonnade. Inside there is a Small stage, media center and training center. However, this space will be interesting not only to visitors to the city but also to the locals. Not so long ago the New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theatre opened its roof to the public. Any day you can go there and enjoy the view of the waterfront free of charge.
The Five Corners
Going over an interesting Lomonosov Bridge over Fontanka River, you get on to University Street. Move right on a quiet beautiful street we reach the famous St. Petersburg intersection – Five Corners, a place where five city streets with architecture from different centuries intersect. The eighteenth century is represented by a neat house of Kapnist, the nineteenth century by a commercial school and several houses in the neighborhood. The twentieth century is represented by the famous House with a Turret built by the renowned architect Lesnewski in 1913.
The main restaurant street of the city on the Neva river began to take shape in 1994, and was recently ranked as the best restaurant streets of Europe by the Washington Pos. The street is favoured not only by the townspeople who hurry here to relax after work, but also by tourists from all over the world. There are bout fifty restaurants here and a free table is sometimes hard to get. Each establishment on Rubinstein Street is unique in its own way: each has its own story, its own style and presence. Choose what you like. By the way, the house 23 on Rubinsteina Street — is the main Leningrad address of Sergei Dovlatov. Here the writer lived in a communal apartment, which appeared often in the pages of his writings.
When you reached Nevsky prospect, walk to the Anichkov Bridge. It will be interesting to see and take photos of one of the most popular bridges of St. Petersburg. The famous Horses of Klodt became a symbol of the city. We must say that the famous animals of the animal sculptor Klodt can be seen not only in the Northern Capital, but also, for example, in Berlin. Nicholas I gave copies of horses to European monarchs.
Near the ferry — the famous Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace. Opposite of the Palace there is the House of Journalists.
The Rebellion Square (The Insurrection Square)
The square appeared in the 1840-ies, when they stared building the Nilolaev Railway Station (now Moscow Railway Station or Moskovsky Vokzal) across from the Church of the Sign on the intersection of the Ligovsky Canal and Nevsky Prospect. Almost immediately a new hotel opened its doors there (now Oktyabrskaya Hotel). In 1909 a monument to Alexander the Third by work of Trubetskoy was erected there. The monument was removed in 1937 and at about the same time the church of the sign was demolished and the entrance to Ploshad Vosstaniya metro station was built instead.
The famous obelisk erected in honor of the award to Leningrad the title of hero-City was placed in 1985. At the unavailing of the obelisk in the spring of 1985 Mikhail Gorbachev talked about Restructuring or Perestoika for the first time.
Loft Project “ETAZHI” (Floors)
Ligovskiy, 74 this is for you to finish today’s walk, observing the city from the height of bird flight. For this you need to visit the loft and climb to the top floor. There is access to the furnished roof climb which is possible for 250 rubles. From the edge of the roof you can see a spectacular view on Nevsky Prospect and historical centre of our city. The roof is open around the clock.