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.

Kronstadt Naval Cathedral

The city of Kronstadt is located on the Kotlin Island in the Gulf of Finland. In 2011, it was connected to the southern and northern parts of the city by a highway as part of a complex of flood protection structures in St. Petersburg. The…

View on the palace in Oranienbaum from the front lawn

The palace and park ensemble “Oranienbaum” is located in the city of Lomonosov, so named in Soviet times in honor of the great Russian scientist Mikhail Lomonosov. It is located on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland, 40 km from St. Petersburg near…

The fortress of Old Ladoga from a bird-eye view

Thus begins the folk epic of the 12th century, "The Tale of Bygone Years," recorded by monk Nestor. This document forms the basis of historical research on the beginning of Russian statehood. And in accordance with it, the fragmented principalities on the territory of the…

Metro station hall in Saint Petersburg Russia

You would probably ask what can be attractive and interesting in getting to know such a utilitarian destination as the city underground? There may be nothing all over the world, but not in the cities of the former Soviet Union. Starting from the first lines…

Gostiny Dvor on Nevsky Prospekt in St Petersburg

Gostiny Dvor is the historical Russian name for shopping galleries. It can be translated as a guest house or guest yard. Since ancient times, the word Gost’ (Guest) in Russia meant a merchant who came to trade. Therefore, both indoor markets and shopping arcades began…

The Spit of Vasilievsky island in Saint Petersburg

The building of the old Saint Petersburg Stock Exchange is located in the compositional centre of the Spit of Vasilievsky island. It has very vivid and monumental features of classicism. In the end of 1781, the stock exchange was ordered to be projected and built…

Trinity Cathedral in Saint Petersburg Russia

Trinity Cathedral in Saint Petersburg is the architectural monument of the classicism. It was named after the Izmailovsky Regiment, one of the oldest ones in Russia. The regiment was founded by the Empress Anna Ioannovna in 1730. Part of the temple is called the Trinity-Izmailovsky.…

Vorontsov palace in Saint Petersburg Russia

Vorontsov palace is located in the heart of Saint Petersburg - right in front of Gostiny Dvor. It's one of the most beautiful architectural monuments of the 18th century. The palace attracts the eye of its passers-by. The building is designed in the baroque style…

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 –…

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…