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You're standing on Ploschad Vosstaniya, or Uprising Square – where the dozens of city 'marshrutka' minibuses intersect. The square completes the main aspect of Nevsky Prospect.
An equestrian statue of Tsar Alexander III was erected on the square in 1909. The mighty Tsar sat astride a no less mighty Percheron steed, while the pedestal read “A loving son, to his beloved father” - a dedication from Nicholas II to his father. The location at the railway station isn't coincidental – Alexander III is considered the founder of the Great Siberian Railroad project, running from St.Petersburg via Moscow to Vladivostok. The future Tsar Nicholas II went to Vladivostok specially to lay the first sleeper. However, Alexander III was an unpopular and crusty character, and his monument wasn't widely appreciated by locals – it became the butt of many jokes. Circumstances led to a short life for the statue.
Alexander III's statue was soon carted away after the Revolution in 1917, although it was not melted down. He was put into store in the Russian Museum's vaults, and then in the 1990s he was re-erected outside the Marble Palace. There's now some debate about whether he ought to be reinstalled outside the railway station.
There's now a project under way for the reconstruction of Vosstaniya, or Uprising Square. If it goes ahead as planned, it seems likely that the soviet-era appearance imposed on the area a quarter-century ago will be erased.
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.