Nevsky Avenue, Saint Petersburg
Arguably the most-striking building on Nevsky Prospekt is the Art-Nouveau Singer Building, with its Neo-Classical bronze statuary, at No 28, adjacent to the Kanal Griboyedova.
This was built in 1902 by the American Singer Sewing Machine Company as its Russian headquarters - which brings to mind the old adage; "Two things you'll find anywhere you go in the world - a Singer sewing machine and a Scotsman." - HA!
But digressions aside. The company originally intended building a skyscraper similar to that being built in New York. However the St Petersburg building regulations proscribed any building being taller than 23.5 metres, the height of the Winter Palace. As a work-around the architect, Pavel Syuzor, designed it with a glass dome topped with a glass globe to create the illusion of height without competing against the Kazan Cathedral opposite or the Church of our Saviour on Spilled Blood further down the canal.
This was a state-of-the-art building featuring the latest in lift technology, central heating, air-conditioning and even an automated snow-clearing system on the roof. The wrought bronze used for decorations was a first for the city and interesting to note is the American Eagle in front of the dome which looks eastwards mimicking the two-headed eagle of the Romanovs which looks both east and west.
Following the October Revolution the building was nationalised and assigned to the state publishing company Petrogosizdat. In 1938 it was taken over by the state booksellers Dom Knigi (The House of the Book) a role which it still fulfils today. It also houses the Cafe Singer and is particularly useful for using their toilets.
This building bears a blue and white stencilled warning which reads: ‘Citizens: during artillery bombing this side of the street is most dangerous.’ There are similar plaques around the city, like one on the Anichkov Bridge which says that this missing piece of granite is one of many scars left behind from shelling that took place during Siege of Leningrad.
Main street in every village, town or city is central point of point of life and first place where I like to start to known new places. It is best way to do this by simple walking, seeing and take a photos, is better to have a some touristic guide material. Still, photos can be use like a base to subsequent research on the attraction that I saw or visited.
What I can write about Nevsky Avenue?!
First some general information, of course.
Nevsky Avenue (Russian: Не́вский проспе́кт) is the main street of St. Petersburg. Today is 4.5 kilometers long and 25-60 meters wide. It was original idea by the French architect Alexandre Jean Baptiste Le Blond, he was works for Peter the Great. Originally this street was named the Great Perspective Road until 1738 and was cut through almost 4.5 km of forest. It is planning to be main road to Novgorod and Moscow. For many years it was roamed by wolves. During the early Soviet years (1918 - 44) it was officially known as the Avenue of the 25th of October, alluding to the day of the October Revolution, but this name was never accepted by the local inhabitants.
It is a street with many touristic attraction, shops and night clubs. This avenue starts from the historic Admiralty in the north to the Vosstaniya Square and the Alexander Nevsky Monastery.
The main sights on Avenue include the Rastrelliesque Stroganov Palace, the big neoclassical Kazan Cathedral, the Art Nouveau Bookhouse (Dom Knigi), Elisseeff Emporium, many various 18th-century churches, a monument to Catherine the Great, an enormous 18th-century shopping mall - Gostny dvor, the Russian National Library, and the Anichkov Bridge with its horse statues. The part between the Square of Insurrection and the Alexander Nevsky Square is traditionally called Old Nevsky. All major shops, restaurants, nightclubs, casinos and other entertainment spots are located along the way. This street and his charm was inspiration for many artists who live here, like Pushkin, Gogol, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Nijinsky and Dostoevsky. The life of the avenue was described by Nikolai Gogol in his story "Nevsky Prospekt". Famous Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky often employed the Nevksy Prospekt as a setting within his works, such as Crime and Punishment and The Double: A Petersburg Poem.
When you tired about all that walking, seeing and taking the photos, you can relax on many benches on this street. My favorite place for relax is in front of Gostiny dvor (the oldest mall in country). Around street lamps were placed circular bench - enjoy relaxing there. Along the streets and decorative shrubs that bring a bit of nature in the concrete of the modern city. Nice detail to me and lamps with an antique look decorated with colorful flowers.
If you don't like to much walking there is a bus station. The street is served by the stations Nevsky Prospekt, Gostiny Dvor, Mayakovskaya, Ploshchad Vosstaniya and Ploshchad Alexandra Nevskogo I of Saint Petersburg Metro.
En 1703 se abrió una vía de 4,5 km en el bosque para unir los astilleros del Almirantazgo con el camino de Moscú, que se convertiría a pesar de los lobos y las crecidas del río Neva en la gran arteria alrededor de la que San Petersburgo ha crecido , vivido, sufrido... y se ha convertido en una ciudad de leyenda
San Petersburgo tuvo la suerte que los zares trasladaron la capital a Moscú , lo que permitió que esta calle se haya mantenido a través de los años sin nuevas construcciones y manteniendo sus lujosos palacios , iglesias, plazas , edificios , tiendas ... donde se desarrolla la vida y actividades de la ciudad desde el edificio del Almirantazgo , pasando por la estación de trenes y llegando hasta el Monasterio de Alexander Nevsky
Pasea , mira , párate a ver los edificios , cruza los canales (Moika, Griboédov y Fontanka) , visita sus catedrales , entra a sus tiendas, restaurantes , ve pasar a la gente ..., el ambiente de día es completamente distinto que el de noche , pero no te agobies y disfruta de esta calle donde vivieron personajes tan famosos como Pushkin, Gogol, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Nijinsky , Dostoevsky...
In 1703 it was opened a path of 4.5 km in the forest , to join the Admiralty shipyards with the way of Moscow, which became in spite of the wolves and the floodings of the river Neva , in the large artery were St. Petersburg has grown up, lived, suffered ... and has become a city of legend.
St. Petersburg was fortunate that the czars moved the capital to Moscow, which allowed that this street has been maintained through the years without new buildings and maintaining his original luxurious palaces, churches, squares, buildings, shops ... where the life and activities of the city are developed , from the Admiralty building, passing the railway station and arriving to the Monastery of Alexander Nevsky
Stroll, look, stop and see the buildings , cross the channels (Moika, Fontanka and Griboedov), visit its cathedrals, enter the shops, restaurants, see the people around ... the atmosphere is completely different day than the at night, but not get bogged down and enjoy this street where many famous characters lived as Pushkin, Gogol, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Nijinsky, Dostoevsky ...
What we call the main street!
Nevsky Prospect is St. Petersburg’s main avenue and one of the best-known streets in Russia.
We were driven through here so we could see the historical center of the city.
The Street runs from the Admiralty to the Moscow Railway Station and then, after a slight kink, to the Alexander Nevsky Monastery.
Lots of impressive buildings like the Kazan Cathedral, great views and shops.
Nevsky Prospect is also the city’s central shopping street and the hub of the city’s entertainment and nightlife.
As we drove along it, I could see the towering Naval spire, what a sight!~
Don't miss strolling along Nevsky Avenue, the main street in the city.
Since the avenue is called after the River Neva, it could easily be called Neva Avenue.
You will see the famous Anichkov Bridge, a very memorable site.
It was built in 1841 and is famous for its equestrian statues.
One of them depicts a young man leading a horse, the other one depicts a youth attempting to control a mettlesome horse.
Each of the two statues was cast twice to be installed on the four corners of the bridge, which is also very interesting.
Most probably the most famous street in Russia. Most major sites of SPB are around Nevsky, such as Kazan Cathedral, Gostiny Dvor shopping center, Anichkov Bridge, and many more. Nevsky also host many hotels. One end of Nevsky is Moskovsky trains station and other end is Admiralty and Hermitage. Nevsky is also a place for nightlife with all kinds of bars, clubs and restaurants. With 4 metro stations on Nevsky, transportation is easy to any part of the city. With a nice camera, you can shoot very nice pictures during the night.
Dom Knigi (House of Books) is, yes, a bookstore, but also much more!
The building, constructed from 1902 to 1904 as the head office of the Singer Sewing Machine Company, is one of Saint-Petersburg's Style Moderne highlights, even though the sole reminder from its original use is the large glass Singer globe at the top of the building.
Inside Dom Knigi has Western-style display cases, a good assortment of maps and postcards as well as souvenirs, which can also make it a useful stop on your journey. Still occasionally referred to as the Singer Building, Dom Knigi underwent a series of renovations from 2004 to 2007 and now looks brand new.
Nevski Prospekt is the main boulevard of St.Petersburg. It is a very long street and it will lead you to the Hermitage and the River Neva at one of its ends.
The street is packed with lovely buildings and hotels.
St.Petersburg main canals intersect Nevski Prospekt. From each one of them there are all kinds of boat trips available.
I have attached some beautiful buildings on Nevski Prospekt taken at night.
Starting in December and into the new year the streets are decorated with festive lights and many tall green new year trees are erected by the city.
Take a stroll in the evening, it is dark after 4 pm in winter and enjoy the sights.
The Duma tower on Nevsky prospekt was restored and in 2007 is decorated with many oights and holidays songs (by electronic bells) issue from its tower. It is very pretty and delightful to hear.
So often the musaic you hear is popular electronika on the public squares. This is a new level of sophistication long overdue!
Shortys clips of Nevsky on YouTube:
From Mid-December to new year there is an old-fashioned Christmas/New Year Faire in teh park all around Ekaterina's monument.
Vendors from various villages come to have a booth and sell crafts, foods and gifts.
There is a puppet and live theater for children, amusement rides and a bright festive atmosphere to fight the cold dark days of winter.
While the image of St Petersburg is one of the palaces, there is a surprising number of Art Nouvau buildings interspersed throughout the city, many of which are currently being renovated.
And while the Eliseev gastronom is being renovated, perhaps the nicest is the Dom Knigi (House of the Book) built for the Singer society in the beginning of 20th century and situated on the Nevski prospect, just in front of Kazan cathedral.
On the basement you have a souvenir shop installed, so you can admire its architecture not only from outside, but also from the inside...
This is in the heart of St. Petersburg. This and the near surroundings is what most tourists get to see when they visit this city. Pretty flowers, no trash, no sign of homeless people, no street children. So they have been "cleaned away", taken someplace else. Because we know for a fact that it's one of the big problems in this city.
To walk along the Nevskiy avenue is something special for me. You feel, you are in the centre of the city life, you observe people, promenading here and enjoy viewing of palaces, monuments, bridges, churches ....Nevskiy Prospect was honoured in russian literature and many songs were dedicated to it.
St. Petersburg - especially the buildings along Nevsky Prospekt - are a treasure house for art-noveau-fans. Many houses are decorated in art noveau/art deco-style, some of the best examples being the Jelissejew Food Store and the Dom Knigi Book Shop (with a statue of Atlas bearing a globe - see the photo).