Nevsky Avenue, Saint Petersburg
This intriguing looking building was home to the headquarters of the Singer sewing machine company from 1904. Later it was home to the American Consulate for a few years.
In recent times it contained a large bookshop, and now a shopping arcade.
Recently restored, the Singer globe and emblem at the top of the building stand out amongst the surrounding buildings.
Well worth a photo if you are wandering by.
The most famous street in Russia, Nevsky Prospekt runs through the heart of St. Petersburg.
It extends for almost 3 miles, from the Admiralty to the Moscow Railway Station and then turning a corner to continue on as far as the Alexander Nevsky Monastery.
There are so many attractions located on or close to Nevsky Prospekt. You could easily spend a few days just visiting them all, never having to venture far off the main drag.
As you walk along the street you will see cathedrals/churches, pretty squares, numerous cafes & restaurants, all manner of shops, galleries, plus many carts selling cold drinks and ice creams (well, we were there in summer).
Following Nevskiy Prospekt, just before you cross the Anchikov Bridge with its four men with horse statues, you can see the magnificent Anitsjkov Palace.
It was built in 1741 - 1750 in a typical Baroque style. It was a gift from the Tsarina Elisabeth to her lover Aleksej Razoemovski.
The palace is named after a lieutenant-colonel Michail Anitsjkov, who at the foundation of the city had his camp at this place.
As I walked further along Sadovaya Ulitsa, I noticed a very long gallery. It was the shopping complex Gostiny Dvor. This shopping complex takes whole block, a tour around the complex is more then 1 km long.
This is the most important shopping place in town. This shopping complex contains separate shops, and there are some international shops.
Note the busy traffic in Sadovaya Ulitsa on the picture
Nevskiy Prospekt = Nevskiy Avenue.
Without doubt this is the most important road in Saint Petersburg. Some sources even tell that it might be the most famous street in Russia.
Nevskiy Prospekt is 4, 5 km long and goes from the Admiralty towards the Aleksandro Nevsky Monastery.
Along the Nevskiy Prospekt you can see beautiful Mansions, Palaces and Churches.
Along Nevskiy Prospekt you can see the Jelisejev building.
It is owned by the Jelisejev dynasty which owns a lot of houses and shops. In fact this magnificent building is designed by Gavriil Baranovski and build in a beautiful Style Modern. The building is decorated with big statues and big windows.
If you have time, do not hesitate to enter this shop which is a grocery shop.
It is really worth to enter the magnificent building of Jelisejev along the Nesky Prospekt.
This grocery store is completely designed in Style Moderne.
Inside you can admire the stained glass windows, the very special crystal chandeliers, the golden ceiling decorations.
There was a very special atmosphere inside this grocery shop.
On Day 2 the main highlight was the visit of the big Hermitage Museum.
So I started walking along Sadovaya Ulitsa towards the long Nevskiy Prospekt (avenue).
Like this I passed the big shopping building Gostiny Dvor. Around this building you have beautiful galleries. It was great to walk along these galleries, like this you also could do some window shopping.
I walked along Nevskiy Prospekt (avenue) till I arrived at a small square with a kind of Greek temple, and at the corner there was a small, beautiful tower.
This tower was the Doema Tower. It was built in 1804 and was used as watch tower for the fire brigade.
From 1786 till 1918 it was the housing of the city council.
In the previous tip I already mentioned that I arrived at a small square with a kind of Greek temple on it.
Well this Greek looking building is named Portik Rusca. This portico with counts six big columns was originally the entrance to a long shopping passage.
The portico was turned down during the building of the metro system, and they rebuilt it in 1972.
While I was walking along Nevskiy Prospekt (avenue), I noticed that there were several churches and Cathedrals (from small till very big).
So at the other side of the street there was a small church, painted in blue and white, decorated with columns.
It was the Armenian Church, which was built in 1771 - 1780. It was designed by Joeri Veltens and he used a very decorative neo-classic style.
At the corner with the Griboedova Channel (opposite of the big Kazan Cathedral) there is a big building with amazing decorations.
This is Dom Knigi (or the Book shop), it was built in 1902 - 1904 by Pavel Sloezor.
It was built for the Sewing Machine manufacturer Singer.
Nowadays it houses a big, big book store.
The building is richly decorated; note the cone shape tower with a glass globe on top.
When you are walking along the Nevskiy Prospekt (avenue), you can not miss the Stroganov Palace.
This Pink Palace is built in a Baroque style and was designed by Bartolomeo Rastrelli in 1752 - 1754.
At the courtyard of this Stroganov Palace stands a big tent, in fact this tent is a good restaurant, it is also a telephone dating cafe (see my restaurant tips)
There is also a chocolate museum in the Stroganov palace. Unfortunately I had no time to visit it. What a pity, and that for a chocolate lover.
Along Nevsky Prospekt, on the same side of the Armenian Church you can see the Catharina Church.
This Catharina Church is built from 1762 - 1782 and is designed by Vallin de la Mothe.
The style of this church is a mixture of Baroque and Neo-Classic.
This church was once the centre of the Catholic community in St Petersburg.
In front of the Catharina Church there is a small square, were local painters are trying to sell their paintings; there are also some painters which make fast portraits. (Like on Place du Tertre in Paris)
Along the Nevsky Prospekt you can also visit the Kafe Literaturnoe (or the literature Cafe).
In the past the name of this cafe (pub) was - Wolf and Beranger - , and it was mostly visited by a high standard public.
It was from this place that Poesjkin took off in 1837 towards his fatal duel. You can see the statue of Poesjkin behind the window.