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St Petersburg city tour Here are the places included into a standard 3-hour city tour offered by ARENT.
Nevsky prospect Nevsky prospect.
Nevsky Prospekt, the main avenue in St.Petersburg, is one of the best-known streets in Russia. Cutting through the historical center of the city, it runs from the Admiralty to the Moscow Railway Station and then, after a slight kink, to the Alexander Nevsky Monastery. In the very first days of St. Petersburg it was originally called the Great Perspective Road and was simply the beginning of the road to the ancient city of Novgorod, but it quickly became adorned with beautiful buildings, squares and bridges and became the very center of the bustling, rapidly growing city. It is 4.5 kilometers long and 25-60 metres wide. It was planned by the French architect Alexandre Jean Baptiste LeBlond, whilst working for the city's founder Peter the Great.
The part between the Square of Insurrection and the Alexander Nevsky Square is traditionally called Old Nevsky. It appeared in 1710 and soon afterwards became one of the most famous thoroughfares in the world. All major shops, restaurants, nightclubs, casinos and other entertainment spots are located along the way.
Nevsky gradually widens as you travel along its length towards the river and is lined with some of St. Petersburg’s most impressive buildings; note Stroganov Palace, Kazan Cathedral, named after "miracle-making" icon of our Lady of Kazan, on one side and the former building of the Dom Knigi book store, the largest in town, (the former Singer sewing machine company headquarters) on the other and the wonderful view down Kanal Griboedova to the picturesque Russian-style Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood.
Book house The House of Books.
In addition to the many different denomination churches that line Nevsky, which prompted the French writer AlexanderDumas to call it "the street of religious tolerance", there are numerous other attractions. Just a stone's throwfrom Nevsky, next door to the Grand Hotel Europe, stand Arts Square and the Russian Museum.
Book house Further down the road, you’ll find the largest department store in the city - "Gostiny Dvor", the Russian National Library (the second largest branch in the country), an impressive monument to Catherine the Great and the Anichkov Bridge, adorned with 4 striking equestrian statues (beautiful Klodt's horses).<
The Palace Square The Palace Square is the most grandiose among the squares of the city and a good example of how differentstyles can be combined in the most elaborate way. The General Stuff Headquarters Building and State Hermitagecan be found here.On the northern side of the square stands the picturesque Baroque Winter Palace (built in 1754-62). The Alexander Column was erected in the center of the Square to commemorate the victory over Napoleon in the war of 1812, and to honor Emperor Alexander I.
The facade of the Admiralty The facade of the Admiralty and the Alexander Garden that is in front of it, link the Palace Square to the Senate Square.In the center of the square there stands an impressive monument to the founder of St Petersburg —Peter the Great — known as Bronze Horseman. Vasilievsky Island is a district of Saint Petersburg, bordered by the rivers Bolshaya Neva and Malaya Neva (in the delta of Neva) from South and Northeast,and by the Gulf of Finland from the West. Situated just across the river from the Winter Palace,it constitutes a large portion of the city's historic center. Two of the most famous St Petersburg bridges,Palace Bridge and Lieutenant Schmidt Bridge, connect it with the mainland.
Vasilievskiy island Strelka (Spit, literally Arrow), features a number of museums, including the Bourse as well as two Rostral columns, and is a popular tourist attraction. Other edifices lining the Neva Embankment include the Menshikov Palace, the Imperial Academy of Arts, the Kunstkamera, and St Andrew Cathedral - all dating from the 18th century.
Summer Garden In contrast beautiful Neva embankments historical center, sea coast Vasilievsky still an uncultured wasteland not easy walk on, even despite fact fully populated multi-storey apartment blocks about 100 meters shore. A monument Vasiliy, peasant after whom had been named, was opened 2003.The principal Saint Petersburg State University located include Twelve Collegia Domenico Tresini (1722-44) palace II Russia.Across river Paul Fortress Peter Great?s domik historic Summer Garden. Peter the Great commissioned the first architect of the city - Domenico Trezzini - to build a small palace in the park. The palace had no heating and was intended for summer time, hence its name - the Summer Palace (Peter had a Winter Palace further down the Neva River) - and the park became known as the Summer Garden. A two-story yellow palace was built in 1710-14, with 7 rooms on each floor. After the Second World War the palace was carefully restored: the older interiors were recreated and a collection of early 18th-century artifacts, many originally owned by Peter the Great, was put on display.
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