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No other Russian city covers so much ground as St.Petersburg – the Europe's first purpose-built city to be created on the orders of a single man – Tsar Peter I, called Peter the Great. Our trip starts at the city's heart – Palace Square, whose grandiose vistas quickly remind us of the era when this was the capital city of the Russian Empire. Just set foot on Palace Square, and you can already boast that you've been to St.Petersburg!
The Alexander Column dominates the centre of Palace Square – celebrating Russia's military victory over Napoleon. The entire North side of the Square is taken up by the Winter Palace, the deep turquoise-coloured three-storeyed palace lined with columns. The light yellow Small Hermitage lies on the East flank of the Square, built for Her Imperial Majesty Catherine the Second. Take a look at the South Wing? The Empress's admirers often lived there, giving tongue-waggers at Court reason to nickname it “the Favourites Wing”. Now take a half-turn so that the Winter Palace is to your back? You should now be facing the colossal yellow frontage of the General Staff Headquarters, built around a huge central arch passageway. This huge crescent frames the Southern flank of Palace Square. Now look left, and you see a four-storeyed building mounted with colonnades at the third and fourth floors. Until 1917 it was the building of the Guards Regiment, and it remains in military use even today – it's the headquarters of Russia's Sixth Army Air Force Division.
St. Petersburg is known as Russian cultural capital. It is also called “Northern Palmira” or “Northern Venice” as it was founded on islands in the delta of the Neva River and has a lot of architectural masterpieces.
Nevsky Prospect is the main avenue and one of the best-known streets in Russia. It is a real treasury of Russian culture. The street was planned by Peter the Great as beginning of the road to Novgorod and Moscow. It goes through the historical center of the city, firstly - from the Admiralty to the Moscow Railway Station and then, after making a turn at Vosstaniya Square, to the Alexander Nevsky Lavra.
Life on Nevsky Prospect has always been the object of attention of writers. For example, it was described by Nikolai Gogol in his story "Nevsky Prospect". Fyodor Dostoevsky often employed the Prospect as a setting within his works, such as Crime and Punishment and The Double: A Petersburg Poem.
It is best to start your walk from famous Palace Square where you can visit one of the most prominent world museums – the Hermitage. In the center of the square you will see the Alexander Column, a very popular among tourists place. With Your Audio Guide you will listen to the history of the square and all its attractions (The New Hermitage, The Winter Palace, the Alexander Column and The General Staff Building).
During the tour you will walk through the Alexander Gardens, past the Admiralty, see a lot of historical houses – real architectural “pearls” - Wawelberg's Mansion Apartments, The Sivers-Treiberg House, The Chaplin Brothers House, Chicherin's House, etc. The chief sights of the Prospect include palaces, churches and cathedrals, shopping centers and department stores. Among palaces are the Rastrelliesque Stroganov Palace, the Anichkov Palace, The Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace, Grand-Princess Yusopova's Residence and the Mikhailovsky, or Michael Palace.
Nevsky Prospect deserves the name "the street of religious tolerance". Religious buildings are presented by the huge neoclassical Kazan Cathedral, the picturesque Russian-style Cathedral of Our Savior on Spilt Blood – a place where terrorists exploded the Emperor Alexander II, the Alexander Nevsky Lavra, St.Catherine's Cathedral - the oldest Catholic Church in Russia, and The Armenian Church.
Nevsky Prospect is also the city’s central shopping street and the hub of the city’s entertainment and nightlife. For that You can visit the Art Nouveau Bookhouse,Elisseeff Emporium, half a dozen 18th-century churches, , an enormous 18th-century shopping mall “Gostinny Dvor”, a mid-19th-century department store “The Passage” and The Alexandrinsky Theatre, in the yard of which a monument to Catherine the Great is standing.
Your audio guide is glad to present you a wide audio tour of the Nevsky Prospeсt with map and descriptions. With this map, you will never get lost and you will always know what surprise awaits you ahead.