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A three-storey building with columns on the facade – the former southern warehouse of the Stock Exchange. Today, it hosts the Zoological Museum of the Russian Academy of Sciences, one of the three largest in the world.
The citizens of St.Petersburg visit it at least twice in their lives. First, when their parents bring them to the museum. Second, when they bring here their own children. The museum was opened in 1832, but it was Peter I who started its collection. The Tsar brought some exhibits from his voyages to Europe. Others, according to his decree, were sent to the capital by the local authorities from over the Russian Empire.
The former warehouse hosts about 30K zoological specimens, including mammals, birds, fish, and amphibians. And if you also look into the funds of the Zoological Institute of the Academy of Sciences, the number will be just overwhelming– more than 100K mammals, 175K birds, 25K amphibians and reptiles, more than 1M crayfish, crabs, jellyfish, worms, sponges and corals, as well as more than 12M insects. Altogether, about 60M depository units.
The museum also displays stuffed animals and birds of long-extinct species, such as the marsupial wolf, the American passenger pigeon, and the Steller cow. The most visited hall is that where a stuffed mammoth and two stuffed baby mammoths, recovered from permafrost, are exhibited. These “babies” even have their own names, Dima and Masha. Yet, their age, about 40K years, is not quite infant.
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.