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Church of Ss. Simeon and Anna

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On one of St. Petersburg's most picturesque corners, where Ulitsa Belinskogo crosses the Fontanka River, the Church of Ss. Simeon and Anna is one of St. Petersburg's oldest churches, and one of the finest examples of early baroque architecture in the city. The first wooden church was built...

Church of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God

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Completed in 1783, the beautiful and historic the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God Cathedral is one of the oldest churches in St. Petersburg and presents a truly fascinating combination of baroque and classical architectural styles. The church is crowned with five onion-shaped cupolas,...

Zoological Museum

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The core of the museum accommodated today in the former south warehouse of the port (1820s, architect Giovanni Liquini) was formed by part of the collection of Peter I that in the early 18th century was exhibited in his famous Kunstkammer. In 1832 it became a museum in its own right. Today...

St Petersburg Churches

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Having ascended the throne, Peter I abolished the partiarchate and during the Petersburg era of Russian history, the Orthodox Church practically became a state organ. One of the signs of the Church’s subordination to the state was the consecration of churches in the name of “calender...

River Neva

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The Neva is the youngest and one of the widest and most full-flowing rivers in Europe. Only 70 km long and about 10 m deep, it originated four or five thousand years ago from the site of a strait which connected the Litorino Sea and a very large Ladoga Ice Lake (the largest freshwater lake...

Ioannovsky Bridge

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This is the earliest bridge built in St Petersburg. In the 18th century it was known as Petrovsky. Shown on the city map of 1705, it had been constructed two years before, first as a floating one. In 1706 it was put up on wooden piles and became a drawbridge. Located next to the bridge, in...

Birzhevoy (Stock Exchange) Bridge

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The first bridge (engineer N. Mazurov) spanning the Malaya Neva at the place where the Neva forks into two armlets, Malaya and Bolshaya, and joining the Strelka of Vasiliyevsky Island to Petrogradsky Island was erected between 1893 and 1894. At that time it was a twenty-five-span structure...

The Anichkov Bridge

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Built at Peter I’s behest in 1715, the Anichkov Bridge was one of the first bridges in Petersburg. The principal feature of the bridge is the sculptural ensemble known as “The Taming of the Horse”. It was the sculptor himself who suggested that the statues be placed on the Anichkov Bridge....

Kronverksky Bridge

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This humpback bridge (58 m long and 9 m wide) was constructed across the Kronkverksky Strait (architect P. Stepanov) in 1983. It is a wooden structure with metal girders.

The Bridges Of St Petersburg

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During Peter’s reign, there were no bridges over the Neva. The Emperor wanted the people of Petersburg, to their dismay, to share his passion for sailing, thus riverboats were the common form of transport. Peter even made it a tradition to take his retinue out in rowing – and sailing...

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