The Rental House of Shrandman

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In front of the building of the Economic Faculty there is a five-storey Income House of Shrandman. Two of its lower storeys are made for rustication.

Oh, what political and poetical passions boiled at that House of Shrandman in the beginning of the C20th! In 1906, a well-known free mason David Bebutov rented an apartment at the House. It was intended for sessions of the Central Committee of the Cadet Party. Actually, it was the first political club in Russia. The place for the House was chosen strategically right. The Taurida Palace, where the State Duma was presiding, located in just five minute walking distance. However, the political liberty house existed not so long – the Duma was dissolved, the club shut down and the Prince Bebutov penalized.

In 1913, an apartment at the House of Shrandman was rented by a famous writing couple of Dmitry Merezhkovsky and Zinaida Gippius. Beautiful Zinaida Gippius was called a “decadent Madonna” in Petersburg. Acquaintance with her and visitation of her saloon was a must for novice symbolist writers. The most unbelievable rumors, gossip and legends always surrounded Gippius, who not just denied them, but diligently magnified.

During the revolution and post-revolution years, the balcony of the corner bay window on the third storey of the House of Shrandman served to Zinaida Gippius, well-know poetess, as a vantage point, from which she could well see the city’s terrible agony, which she described in her “Black Book” diary.

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During the centuries of Empire St. Petersburg was a grand city with ceremonial buildings, rich and pompous palaces. Even today St. Petersburg can boast a huge number of palaces, including some of the grandest residences not just in Russia, but in the whole of Europe.

Our audio guide will take you to the most famous palaces and Grand residences of St. Petersburg. We can start with the Tauride Palace and Garden, one of the largest and most historic complexes in Russia. This palace was designed for Grigory Potemkin in a rigorous Palladian style. In the 19th century, the palace was transformed into a residence for minor royalty. It had been used to host balls and exhibitions until 1906, when it was given as a seat of the first Russian parliament, the Imperial State Duma.

You will also hear the history of the Winter Palace, the most prominent palace in Russia. The Winter Palace not only physically dominates Palace Square and the south embankment of the Neva River, but also plays a central political, symbolic, and cultural role in the three-century history of the city. It was declared part of the State Hermitage Museum on 17 October 1917. Now the Winter Palace, the Hermitage and all historical landmarks of St. Petersburg are enlisted by the UNESCO.

Another famous building is Anichkov Palace located next to Anichkov Bridge across the Fontanka River. It’s one of the oldest buildings on Nevsky Prospect commissioned by Empress Elizabeth in 1741. When the palace was completed she presented it to Aleksey Razumovsky, her favourite and unofficial spouse.

Mariinsky Palace, the last neoclassical imperial palace to be constructed in Saint Petersburg, was built between 1839 and 1844 by the court architect Andrei Stackensneider. The palace stands on the south side of St Isaac's Square, just across the 99-metre-wide Blue Bridge from Saint Isaac's Cathedral. The palace was conceived by Emperor Nicholas I as a wedding present to his daughter Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna.

During the tour you will also see the houses and mansions of famous court and military people: The House of Saltykov, The Marble Palace, The Vladimir Palace, The Mikhailovsky Castle, The Novo-Mikhailovsky Palace, The House of Gagarin, etc. Each building has its own history sometimes dramatic.

Take a walk in the Summer Garden. It was founded in 1704 by order of Peter the Great, who was personally involved in planning it, and is laid out according to strict geometrical principles. The Summer Garden is home to marble statues acquired from Europe especially for Russia's new capital, and also to rare flowers and plants, as well as fountains.

The Field of Mars, not far from the Summer Garden, has a long and varied history dating back to the very beginning of the city's history. You will listen to it while walking. To your attention will also be the stories and legends of The First Engineer Bridge, The Salt City, The Building of Senate and Synod, The Isakievsky Cathedral, The Petropavlovsk Fortress.

With audio visual materials you will also get a map that won’t let you lose your way.


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