Vestiges of Lenin and the Old Order
It was quite interesting to see the plaques and relief sculptures still in place around St. Petersburg. I saw these vestiges on several bridges and buildings while touring on the bus and was curious about how the Russian people felt about Lenin today. We asked this question of our tour guide, and she replied strangely we thought. She said, "We don't think anything about him. That's in the past. He's part of history that's all." It almost seemed like an answer that a Russian might given when in fear of uttering the wrong answer during the Soviet era, or have I seen too many movies.
Other likenesses of Lenin have been torn down or removed in Moscow I thought, but perhaps St. Petersburg would like to remember the man who once lent his name to this city!
Sometime after the Revolution of 1917, the city's name was changed to Leningrad.
The Central Military Staff
In opposite to Hermitage, on Dvortsovaya Square, you can see the building of the Central Military Staff. The building was built in 1819-1829 by Rossi architect. On the roof you see chariot in honour of the Russia's victory in 1812 (by Demut-Malinovsky and Pimenov sculptors). Nowadays the building is a property of Hermitage museum.
Here is an example of some old, soviet-era propaganda posters. I saw these hanging up in a restaurant. They are kistchy and fun, and it's kind of nice to see that the Russian people can have a sense of humor about the past. You can find reproductions of many of these posters in bookstores around town. They make great, inexpensive souveniers for your friends back home!
A beautiful mosque...
We found a mosque close to the Peter Pauls fortress. I would have liked to enter, if that would have been okay, but we couldn't find the entrance, maybe because there were some renovations going on, or maybe because we didn't search enough.
Close to metro-station Gorkovskaya.
Catholic Churches in St. Petersburg
There are two Catholic Churches in St. Petersburg.
Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
Services take place Sundays at 1:30 pm in the Mary. Exit through the bank.
Address: Pervaya (1st) Krasnoarmeyskaya Ulitsa 11
Metro: Tekhnologichesky Institute
St. Catherine Roman Catholic Church
conducts masses on Sundays at 9:30 am in English, 10:30 am in Russian, 12 pm in Russian, 1:30 pm in Polish, 7 pm in Russian.
Weekday services are at 8 am and 6:30 pm in Russian
Address: Nevsky Prospekt 32-34
Metro: Nevsky Prospekt/Gostiny Dvor