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.

Palace bridge in St Petersburg

The bridge connects the Spit of Vasilievsky island and Palace square and goes over the Bolshaya Neva. Palace bridge consists of five spans, and its raising span is 56,5 meters wide which makes it one of the largest in the world. The spans weigh 4868…

Yusupov Palace, view from Moyka River

The yellow facade on Moyka river hides a real treasure for those who are fond of antique interiors, grand stairs and halls, sculptures and paintings, modern theatre and mysterious stories. Despite several revolutions, war and crises, almost everything stayed the way it was. Yusupov Palace…

Eliseevy Merchants' Shop, Saint Petersburg

The story of a merchants’ firm of the Eliseevs started in the 1810s. It was established by a former serf from the Yaroslavskaya province - Pyotr Eliseev. According to one legend, a gardener of earl Sheremetev - Pyotr Eliseev - presented a saucer with fresh…

cruiser aurora

A legendary cruiser that currently serves as a museum ship of Saint Petersburg, Russia. Aurora is one of the well-known attractions of the city, its recognizable symbol with great history. Aurora was one of three first rank cruisers together with Pallada and Diana, constructed at…

The outer view on Matilda Kshesinskaya's mansion

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…

Monument to the heroic defenders of Leningrad 1981

The impressive monument located on Victory Square (Russian: Ploshad Pobedy) is among the first city sights you see when travelling from the southern direction, i.e Pulkovo airport. It was designed by Sergey Speranskiy and Valentin Kamenskiy, and sculpted by Mikhail Anikushin. The monument was established…

Alexander Nevsky Lavra in Saint Petersburg

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…

Smolny Institute in Saint Petersburg Russia

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…

Tauride Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Taudine Palace (Tavrichesky Dvorets) in Saint Petersburg is a former residence of the Knyaz Grigory Potemkin-Tavrichesky, a favourite of Catherine II. Today it’s the headquarters of the  Interparliamentary Assembly of Member Nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States. History and architecture The palace complex was…

Mariinsky Theatre St Petersburg

It’s impossible to imagine St Petersburg without its magnificent theatres. Mariinsky Theatre is one of the oldest and most famous theatres in Russia as well as in the world. History in brief Its story starts in 1783, when Empress Catherine II issued a decree of…