Nevsky Avenue, Saint Petersburg

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  • Nevsky Prospekt
    Nevsky Prospekt
    by HORSCHECK
  • Nevsky Prospekt
    Nevsky Prospekt
    by HORSCHECK
  • Nevsky Prospekt - former Delicatessen Jeslissejew
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    Handy For The Railway Station!

    by johngayton Written Jul 4, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Nevsky Prospekt is arguably the best-known street in the whole of Russia. In the conclusion of his eponymous short story Nikolai Gogol describes it thus: "Nevsky Prospekt deceives at all hours of the day, but the worst time of all is at night... when the devil himself is abroad, kindling the street-lamps with one purpose only: to show everything in a false light."

    I don't know about devils but it certainly is an impressive street. It was built around 1718, on the instruction of Peter I, by the French architect Alexandre Jean Baptiste LeBlond and was inspired by Paris's Champs-Elysees. The street runs for over 4 kilometres, from the Admiralty on the River Neva to the Alexander Nevsky Monastery, taking in a substantial proportion of the city's most famous buildings and monuments.

    Although lined by such architectural gems as the Singer building, the Stroganoff Palace and the Kazansky Cathedral this is still very much a working street with shops, restaurants, bars, offices and other businesses. It is also one of the city's main traffic arteries with the trolley buses competing against the constant flow of cars, vans and delivery trucks above ground whilst below ground it boast 5 Metro stations giving access to all 5 lines.

    When I was researching this trip Nevsky Prospekt seemed an ideal location to base myself and when I found the very reasonably-priced Superhostel at #95 was just down from the Moscow Railway Station the decision was made for me.

    The only gripe I had was that the immediate area to my hotel only had "Irish" pubs!

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    Nevsky Prospekt

    by HORSCHECK Updated Feb 10, 2010

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    Favorite thing: I spent almost a whole day sightseeing along St. Petersburg's main avenue Nevsky Prospekt.

    It leads from the Admirality in the west via Moskow Railway Station to the Aleksandr Nevsky Monastery in the east.

    Some interesting buildings along Nevsky Prospekt are:

    School building with memorial (no. 14), Lutheran Petri Church (No. 22-24), Kazan Cathedral (opposite No. 28), Catholic Church of St. Catherine (No. 32-34), Armenian Church (No. 40-42), department store Passage (No. 48) and the former Delicatessen Jeslissejew (No. 56).

    Nevsky Prospekt Nevsky Prospekt Nevsky Prospekt - former Delicatessen Jeslissejew
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    Quo Vadis Internet Café

    by sue_stone Written Oct 13, 2005

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    Favorite thing: There are a few internet cafes around the Nevsky Prospekt area in St Petersburg. The one we went to (as it was closest to our hotel) was called Quo Vadis.

    Price for internet access varies depending on the time of day and the length of time you require.

    Fondest memory: Open 24 hours a day, this large place has load of internet terminals and a ‘Book Café’ with drinks & snacks.

    There are also clean toilets, always a bonus!

    http://www.quovadis.ru/

    Nevsky Prospekt 24

    Nearest metro: Nevsky Prospekt or Gostiny Dvor

    inside Quo Vadis
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    ST PETERSBURG : INTERNET CABINS

    by swesn Written Jul 1, 2004

    Favorite thing: Internet cabins are readily found in St. Petersburg. There are many along Nevsky Prospekt, of course.

    A good one is found on the left side of Nevsky Prospekt if you walk from Pl Vosstania metro station towards Nevsky Prosp metro station. I cannot quite remember exactly but I believe it is located before you reach Fontanka Canal.

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    Take a Tour

    by seagoingJLW Written Jun 17, 2004

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    Favorite thing: A good guide can make your experience exceptional. We were very lucky to get SVetlana, whose command of English was extraordinary. She pointed out everything to us.

    We later found out the Svetlana had been President Putin's translater when he was Mayor of St. Petersburg.

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    Nevsky Prospect

    by furioso Updated Oct 2, 2002

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    Favorite thing: St Petersburg's 'Champs Élysées' is the famous Nevsky prospekt, which runs west from the Admiralty 4km (2mi) to the Alexandr Nevsky Monastery on the banks of the Neva. It's lined with fine buildings and thronged with people - a good place to feel the city's pulse, particularly during the midsummer White Nights. The list of former residents who lived on and around the famous thoroughfare reads like a veritable Who's Who: Gogol, Tchaikovsky, Turgenev, Nijinsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Dostoevsky.

    Sights you'll pass include the many-columned Kazan Cathedral (home to the Museum of Religion), the Art Nouveau former premises of the Singer sewing-machine company (now a bookshop) just opposite, the arcaded Gostiny Dvor department store and the huge square dominated by the statue of Catherine the Great surrounded by her numerous lovers. Also look out for the Stroganov Palace, built by Rastrelli for the Stroganov family (yes, their chef did invent beef stroganoff) and now owned by the Russian Museum, and the red Beloselksy-Belozersky Palace, home to the Communist Party until 1991 and now the Historical Museum of Wax Figures. The shops along the street range from 19th-century palaces of merchandise to amazingly opulent Art Nouveau and Art Deco extravaganzas.

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    NEVSKI PROSPEKTSt...

    by SirRichard Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Favorite thing: NEVSKI PROSPEKT
    St Petersburg's 'Champs Elysées' is the famous Nevsky prospekt, which runs west from the Admiralty 4km (2mi) to the Alexandr Nevsky Monastery on the banks of the Neva. It's lined with fine buildings and thronged with people - a good place to feel the city's pulse, particularly during the midsummer White Nights. The list of former residents who lived on and around the famous thoroughfare reads like a veritable Who's Who: Gogol, Tchaikovsky, Turgenev, Nijinsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Dostoevsky. While strolling, don't forget to look up and around at the wealth of architectural details. Sights you'll pass include the many-columned Kazan Cathedral (home to the Museum of Religion), the Art Nouveau former premises of the Singer sewing-machine company (now a bookshop), the arcaded Gostiny Dvor department store and the huge square dominated by the statue of Catherine the Great surrounded by her numerous lovers. Many of the shops are worth browsing for their interiors alone. They range from 19th-century palaces of merchandise to amazingly opulent Art Nouveau and Art Deco extravaganzas.

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    Take your time and stroll done...

    by mshuey Written Aug 25, 2002

    Favorite thing: Take your time and stroll done Nevsky Prospekt. Sit and observe people. Soak it all in. You're in St. Petersburg! It's really a beautiful place. Buy some flowers and give them to someone you don't know. Do something different!!

    Fondest memory: I loved all the sites in and around St. Petersburg... but my fondest memories are sitting in my friend's flat late into the evening talking and drinking hot cups of tea. Remember, things don't make the trip special... people do!

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