Ploshchad Vosstaniya, that is translated as the Uprising Square, is one of the most famous squares of Saint Petersburg. It is situated in the city centre, on a crossing of two large avenues – Nevsky and Ligovsky. The centre of the square is adorned with the Leningrad Hero City Obelisk. The square was given its name after the events of February 1917. Before Znameskaya Church was located there, and the square was called – Znamenskaya.
This place is especially crowded in the summertime, when millions of tourists come to Saint Petersburg by train. For locals and city guests the Uprising Square is an important transportation spot. There is a metro station, as well as Moskovsky railway station and a large shopping mall Galeria. Many hotels and hostels, restaurants and canteens, gift shops and product stores are situated around the square.
The first building erected on the spot in 1765. Znamenskaya church was built there by the order of the Empress Elizabeth Petrovna. However, the square started to form only in 1840s after the establishment of rails to Moscow. The railway station as well first hotels and restaurants were built on the square approximately at the same time.
Bird-eye view on Vosstaniya Square. Photo is taken from the website
A monument to Alexander III stayed on the square for almost 30, it was moved to the Marble Palace in 1937 together with the church and close-by buildings. The territory was cleaned in order to start creating a metro station. Unfortunately, the Great Patriotic War started in 1941 and ruined those plans. Underground construction was paused, and the square was utilized for sending masterpieces and other values from Saint Petersburg.
After the war, a park appeared in the centre of the Uprising Square. It was suggested to establish there a monument to Vladimir Lenin. However, in 1945 Leningrad got a name of the Hero City. Instead of a monument, the centre of the square was decorated with the Leningrad Hero City Obelisk, designed by V.Lukyanov and A.Alymov. The obelisk was opened in 1985 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Victory.
Open all year round for external sightseeing
|Metro / Subway|
|Moskosky Railway Station|
3, 26, 54, 65, 74, 76, 91, 105, 141
|Ploshchad Vosstaniya Metro Station|
3, 7, 15, 22, 24, 27, 181, 191
|Ploshchad Vosstaniya Metro Station||1, 5, 7, 10, 11, 22|