Soviet era

Soviet sights in St Petersburg

Soviet era was very contradictory but interesting time in the history of Russia. At the beginning of this period St Petersburg was renamed to Leningrad in honor of the Bolshevik`s leader. Soviet era occupies a special place in minds and hearts of russian citizens, many of them remember it with nostalgia. During my guided tour you can learn more about the Soviet history of our city and get to know the life of ordinary people at that time.

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…

Saint Petersburg is known for their sights dedicated to the triumph of the Russian weapon. One of the most impressive attractions is the Narva Triumphal Gate or, the Narva Triumphal Arch. This wonderful construction in the Empire style was erected in 1814 in honor of…

The icebreaker “Krasin” was built in 1916-1917 in England, in New Castle by the order of the Russian state. With the initial name “Svyatogor”, it was supposed as the most powerful Russian Arctic icebreaker that served for a couple of years and soon was drawn.…

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…

Mariinsky Palace on Isaac's Square in St Petersburg

Mariinsky Palace in Saint Petersburg had an essential role in the political life of Russia. Initially, it was home for the daughter of Nicolas I. Later, alongside with Winter and Tauride Palaces it was one of the political palaces of that time. The Palace served…

Lenin Square is located in a comfortable traffic intersection between Finland Railway Station and the Neva river. History in brief Up to the 18th century, that area was called “The wolf’s field”. It was a cattle pasture and a city dump. A part of it…