Architecture

A guide to architecture in St Petersburg

The architecture of St Petersburg is very special and unique. Plenty of buildings and houses are treasures of Russian architecture and some of them can rightly be called world achievements. Many famous architects worked and created there – Rossi, Rastrelli, Monferran, Voronikhin. All of them made a great contribution to the development and appearance of the city. You can see buildings of different architectural styles and eras from Baroque and Classicism to Stalinist Architecture in St. Petersburg.

Ploshchad Vosstaniya, that is translated as the Uprising Square, is one of the most famous squares of Saint Petersburg. It is situated in the city centre, on a crossing of two large avenues - Nevsky and Ligovsky. The centre of the square is adorned with…

The prison “Crosses” (Russian: Kresty) in Saint Petersburg is the most famous Russian prison. The first isolator was constructed there already in 1868. There were 960 cells for up to 1800 people. The modern complex was projected in 1890 by the architect Antony Tomishko. The…

The mansion of Matilda Kshesinskaya is a bright representative of the Northern modern. It is the oldest building on the Troitskaya Square of Saint Petersburg. Nowadays the museum of the political history of Russia is located in the mansion. Before the building belonged to the…

Summer Palace of Peter the Great is considered to be one of the oldest buildings in Saint Petersburg. It’s located in a very beautiful area called Summer Garden. The garden was established in the beginning of the 18th century when the Northern capital was just…

Saint Alexander Nevsky Monastery, or Alexander Nevsky Lavra is often called the heart of Saint Petersburg. Peter the Great ordered to build a monastery on the supposed place of the Battle on the Ice of 1242. Later, it was historically proven that the battle took…

Alongside with the Hermitage, Faberge and Russian museums, Erarta is a sight of Saint Petersburg. It is a museum of contemporary art. It opened in Saint Petersburg on September 30, 2010. There you can see not only casual or absolutely shocking modern pieces of art,…

The House of Soviets in Saint Petersburg is also called the Palace of Soviets. The Russian name is Dom Sovetov. It is a historical building in the Stalinist neoclassicism style, constructed in 1936-1941. It was designed by Noi Trotsky, Y.N. Lukin and Modest Shepilevsky. Back…

European culture that started to establish in Russia in the end of the 18th century, brought lots of novelty in the life of Russian people. During the times of Peter the Great, there were the first schools for girls. That was the first step towards…

Alongside with Gazprom Arena, Lakhta Center is another modern sight of Saint Petersburg that got international recognition. In fact, the construction of this building was also sponsored by Gazprom, and it works as the headquarters of the corporation. Lakhta Center is situated in the historical…

This is one of the most up-to-date infrastructural constructions in Saint Petersburg, which is despite its short existence, is well-known worldwide. Zenit Arena, or as it is called starting from December 2018 - Gazprom Arena, is the greatest platform in St Petersburg, open all year…