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The Message through the Centuries Monument is put up on the University Embankment in front of house #13. It is made as an enormous open book of grey granite.
Lines from Pushkin’s poem “The Bronze Horseman” and the author’s autograph are carved on the opened stone pages.
The historic site was chosen for the monument. There used to be a descent to the St.Isaac’s bridge here. It was the first pontoon bridge across the Neva in Petersburg that connected Vasilievsky Island with the opposite bank.
On the opposite bank, the low northern sky is supported by the golden dome of St.Isaac’s Cathedral, one of the focal points of St.Petersburg. To the left of the Cathedral, the western wing of the Admiralty approaches the embankment. To the right, you can see the building of Senate and Synod with a characteristic semi-circular colonnade. Between the Admiralty and Senate buildings lies the Senate Square. At its center, you can see the monument to Peter I on horseback. It is known worldwide as the “Bronze Horseman.”
The St.Isaac’s bridge on wooden pontoons with a draw span was constructed in the early C18th. It served Petersburgers faithfully up to 1916 when it burned by a random spark from a passing tugboat. Only the granite bridge foundations, built by engineer Augustine Betancourt, survived on the University and Admiralty embankments.
Vasilievsky Island is a historical district in St. Petersburg, located in the delta of the Neva River. It is bordered by the Bolshaya Neva and Malaya Neva Rivers in the south and northeast, and by the Gulf of Finland in the west. Two of the most famous St. Petersburg bridges, Palace Bridge and Blagoveshchensky Bridge, connect it with the mainland to the south. Exchange Bridge and Tuchkov Bridge across the Malaya Neva connect it with Petrogradsky Island.
In 1715-25 Peter the Great planned this island to become a city center but those plans were not destined to be fulfilled. There are lots of legends connected with Vasilievsky Island and its buildings. For example, the name of the island Vasilievsky people usually associate with a certain man called Vassily or Basil. The legend says that was the name of one Peter’s foremost gunner officers and military engineers, Vassily Korchmin, who had his artillery battery to ward off the Swedish navy at the spit of the island and got the tsar's letters addressed "To Vassily in the Island".
During the tour you will hear some legends of the island and see all its landmarks. It is better to start the tour from the easternmost tip of the island, called Strelka (or the Spit, literally Arrow) which features a number of museums, including the Old Saint Petersburg Stock Exchange as well as two Rostral columns. The Spit is a place popular for wedding processions and tourists. Nice postcard views on the city are open from here.
The edifices lining the Universitetskaya Embankment along the Bolshaya Neva include the Kunstkamera, The Palace of Peter II, the Twelve Colleges Building, the Menshikov Palace, the Imperial Academy of Sciences, and St. Andrew's Cathedral – all dating from the 18th century.
Museums, State University and the Imperial Academy of Sciences with library tell us the island has been for the recent centuries home to academic life. There is even the House of Academicians.
The island is a very romantic place with many cafes and restaurants, and panoramic views from the embankments. Just download the application “Your Audio Guide” (free) and the excursion. And walk as much as you want. Enjoy the unforgettable views of the northern capital.