Architecture

A guide to architecture in St Petersburg

Plenty of buildings and houses in Saint Petersburg 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.

Kazan Cathedral St. Petersburg

In the very heart of the city, where the Griboyedov Canal crosses Nevsky Prospect, a majestic view of Kazan Square opens up. A beautiful temple, having stretched a wide arc of the colonnade, as if it embraces both a square with a fountain and the whole Nevsky. Kazan Cathedral was originally built as a court,…

Nevsky Prospect St. Petersburg

The main thoroughfare of St. Petersburg is Nevsky Prospect, only six years older than the city. At the beginning of the XVIII century, when St. Petersburg was the only bank of the Neva, it was a wooded and swampy area. Peter I ordered to cut a clearing in the forest, which would connect the Admiralty…

Hermitage Raphael Gallery

The 250th jubilee of the State Hermitage Museum was celebrated in 2014. 1764 is considered to be the year of the museum’s creation, in particular because an extensive collection of paintings purchased by Catherine the Great from the Prussian merchant – Johann Ernst Gotzkowsky – was delivered to Saints Petersburg. In the second half of…

St Isaac's Cathedral top view

Isaac's cathedral is named after reverend Isaac the Dalmatian, a Byzantium monk that lived in the 4th century. This Saint is not really widely known in Russia. It was dedicated to Isaac because on May 30th (by the 12-day slower Julian calendar) the remembrance day of this hieromonk, who propagated Christianity despite persecution, used to…

hermitage flag of russia

Currently, St Petersburg Winter Palace constitutes a part of the architectural complex of one of the largest museums in the world – the State Hermitage museum. The Palace is situated in the heart of Saints Petersburg. Its southern facade, that incorporates the gates, which serve as the main entrance to the museum, faces the Palace…

Peter and Paul fortress top view

Today, the inhabitants and guests of our noisy cosmopolitan city will find it hard to believe that approximately 300 years ago the Banks of the Neva River were covered with impassable swampy forests. 300 years is a moment for a city - St Petersburg is considerably younger than Moscow, Kiev, Kazan, Riga, Pskov or Veliky…

THE SPILLED BLOOD CHURCH inside

The Cathedral of Resurrection of Christ is a monument of the Russian architecture in the spirit of romantic nationalism that dates back to the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries. It was built on the site at which on March 1st, 1861 the member of People’s Will party, Ignacy Hryniewiecki,…

Peterhof Great Palace

Peterhof is the "world's capital of fountains", a tremendous extravaganza of water and gold, marble and bronze. Concentrated on its territory of 117.5 hectares (290 acres) are several palace ensembles (the Great Palace with the Upper Garden and Great Cascade, the Lower Park with the Monplaisir, Hermitage and Marley palaces) and more than 150 fountains…

Catherine Palace twilights

Beautiful, very cozy and green, this city in the suburban district of Saint Petersburg was named after Alexander Pushkin in 1937. The poet studied there at the Lyceum of Tsarskoye Selo. Interestingly, for about two centuries this town was a summer residential area of the Russian Royal Family. At the beginning of the Northern War,…