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.

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…

Liteynyy bridge in Saint Petersburg Russia

Liteyny or Foundry bridge is the second permanent bridge, built in Saint Petersburg. It connects Liteyny Avenue with Academic Lebedev Street on the Vyborg side. History Initially there was the Blagoveshchenskaya crossing, created before the Emperor’s decision to found Saint Petersburg. The crossing operated only…

Menshikov palace on the Neva river

Menshikov palace in Saint Petersburg is situated at the University Embankment, opposite to the Admiralty. It is one of the greatest constructions of the 18th century. Stylish building represented the mood and spirit of Peter the Great who wanted to build a magnificent city on…

Egyptian bridge in Saint Petersburg

The Egyptian bridge was initially chained, and built in 1825-1826 by Wilhelm von Traitteur and Vasily Khristianovich in Saint Petersburg. It crossed the Fontanka river along the avenue, currently called after Mikhail Lermontov. The name of the bridge came from its special decoration. The bridge…

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…

Palace Square in St Petersburg Russia

Situated in the heart of St Petersburg, Palace square is the main square of the city, adored by its residents and guests. It’s one of the most beautiful architectural ensembles of the world. Best Russian architects worked on its creation. The name of the square…

arch of the general staff building st petersburg

General Staff Building is an outstanding architectural monument of Saint Petersburg, designed by Carlo Rossi in 1820-1830s. The magnificent classical building, placed opposite to the Imperial residence Winter Palace, finalized the ensemble of Palace Square, giving it a special administrative status. The building was split…