Parks and Squares, Saint Petersburg
Ploshchad Iskusstv (Arts Square) is a leafy square located just across the road from the Russian Museum.
It is so named as it is surrounded by such buildings as the Mussorgsky Theatre, home to opera & ballet; the Russian Museum with it’s paintings; and the music from the Shostakovich Philharmonia.
Keeping up the art theme, in the middle of the square is a statue of Pushkin, reciting a poem.
It is a nice quiet place to take some time out from the hustle and bustle of the nearby Nevsky Prospekt.
Expect to be over-whelmed when you first step into Dvortsovaya Ploshchad.
This huge square is the heart of the city, and home to some truly magnificent buildings.
The Winter Palace (home to the Hermitage Museum), the Alexander Column and the General Staff Building are all a spectacular sight.
The Alexander Column is the apparently the tallest in the world at 40 metres high.
We kept returning to this majestic square just to stare in awe and take more photos!
Ostrovsky Ploshchad is a pretty square located on Nevsky Prospekt.
It is surrounded by the National Library, the Alexandrinsky Theatre and the gardens from a palace next door.
The main draw card here is the large statue of Catherine the Great in the centre of the square, the only one in the city.
Another great place to step off the busy Nevsky Prospekt for a rest and watch the world go by.
Renowned as the prettiest park in central St Petersburg, the Summer Garden is certainly a fabulous place to relax.
It was founded in 1704 by order of Peter the Great, and in the northeastern corner of the gardens you can see his 1st palace (which really just looks like a very large house)
In the gardens there are a number of marble statues that were imported from Italy, along with fountains and a large pond.
The large trees create a shady canopy over the paths that meander through the gardens. There are a large number of park benches where you can take the weight off your sore feet and do some people watching or perhaps take a little nap.
Palace Square stands next to the Winter Palace and was the place where the Bloody Sunday massacre took place. The statue of Alexander in the square's center was built to commemorate Russia's victory over Napoleon. The statue supposedly weighs more than 600 tons and is not bolted to the ground. This square is incredibly vast and is the sight of many public gatherings and festivals.
So at the very big Palace Square, you can see the Winter Palace, now used as a big museum, the former General staff buildings and the Alexander Column.
But when you turn around you also have a splendid view on the golden peak of the Admiralty and the golden Dome of the St. Isaac's Cathedral.
When you are at the Ostrovski Square, go clockwise around the garden, and then you can admire the impressive building of the Russian Library (or the National Library).
This building is beautifully decorated with columns and classic statues.
This library was founded in 1795 and nowadays it contains more then 228 million books.
One of the most valuable collections is the personal library of the French philosopher Voltaire; Catharina II bought this in order to show her appreciation to her mentor and pen-pall.
It is really so amazing, to walk around in St Petersburg. All those great buildings.
Almost around every corner you might discover beautiful mansions and great Palaces.
Like as I was walking around the Ostrovski Square, on the rand hand side there was this magnificent building, unfortunately I found no information in my travel guides. There was a board on the front, but only in Russian.
But I really liked it to me it looked kind of Moorish; it was in a totally different style then the other buildings in St Petersburg.
Maybe that one of the St Petersburg VT-members knows more on this magnificent building?
So when you walk around the Aleksandrinski Theatre, you walked through the amazing symmetric Rossi Street, you finally arrive at the Lomonosov Square.
Of course this beautiful square is also designed by Carlo Rossi.
Carlo Rossi : 1775 - 1849
He was a Great Russian Architect; he mostly designed in a Neo Classic style.
When he died he had build not less then 12 impressive streets and 13 squares (among the Palace Square) in Saint Petersburg.
After I walked along the beautiful Nevsky Avenue, towards the Neva River, I finally arrived at Dvortsovaya Ploshchad, or in English the Palace Square.
On one side of this big Palace Square you can see the beautiful Winter Palace (painted in green and white) - see picture. This Winter Palace houses the big Hermitage Museum.
In the Middle of the Palace Square there is the Alexander Column.
And on the other side is the impressive former General Staff Building.
The huge Palace square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad) is probably the most important square in St. Petersburg.
It is surrounded by the Baroque Winter Palace and the Imperial Army General Staff building. In the middle of the square stands the 47,50 m tall Alexander Column which was built between 1830 and 1834.
The Palace Square and the Alexander Column are located next to the western end of Nevsky Prospekt (Metro: Nevsky Prospekt).
Palace Square (in Russian Dvortsovaja Ploschadj) includes:
-Winter Palace, also known as Hermitage (1754-1762)
-Empire-style Building of the General Staff (1819 - 1829)
-Alexander Column (1830-1834)
Must SEE in St.Petersburg!!
The famous place in the city!
As regards Hermitage, so huge queuse!! Even at morning!
I taking many walking tours in City and in that time I discovery many square but Art square is something special.
Some general information about this place start with its name. Art square (Russian: площадь Искусств) derive Arts Square derives its name from fact that is center around it is many museums, theaters and concert halls that surround it. Early it was named Mikhailovskaya Square (Russian: Михайловская площадь, 1834-1918) after Mikhailov Palace (today Russian museum). Then, Lassalle Square (Russian: площадь Лассаля, 1923-1952) after German politic activist.
Some of the main cultural building around art square are: The Russian Museum (one of the country's two largest collections of Russian art), The Ethnographic Museum (representing all the ethnic cultures of the former USSR), The Maly Opera and Ballet Theater (also known as the Mussorgsky Theater) and The Large Concert Hall (Bolshoi Zal) of the St. Petersburg Philarmonia.
The square’s plan was drawn up by the Italian architect Carlo Rossi, who spent most of his life working in Russia and is considered by many to be a native Russian architect (both his contemporaries and present-day art historians have tended to call him by his Russified name Karl Ivanovich Rossi). He was responsible for all the most prominent buildings built on the square, including the Mikhailovsky Palace, which today houses the Russian Museum.
Why I find this square special?
Not only because many cultural institution of high class but because involve people to enjoy and take active part in art. In the central figure of square - monument dedicated to A. Pushkin, students, local and tourist get together and read and listen poem on Russian language.
I enjoy in that spontaneous performance, even I cannot to understand Russian language so got, I feel that I am part of this cultural event.
Our tour guide was include all main touristic sights and attraction and many other we discover ourselves during our free time.
First square we visit was Saint Isaac square.
Some interesting facts about this square is, first, it named after well known cathedral there - Saint Isaac Cathedral. Saint Isaac's Square (Russian: Исаа́киевская пло́щадь). One time is also known as Vorovsky Square (Russian: Площадь Воровского) between 1923 and 1944.
Interesting building there (besides St, Isaac cathedral) are: Mariinsky palace, Astoria hotel, Lobanov-Rostovsky palace, German building. Also, there are famous monument call The Bronze horseman (monument dedicated to Peter the Great) and equestrian Monument dedicated to Nicholas I. Also well known bridge call Blue bridge (the widest bridge in the city).
In my country square and parks are heart of city but it not that luxurious then nice and relaxing place. I like to discover new city and usually starts with one of main squares. There is also a viewing point and meeting place.
Moskovsky Victory Park (Russian: Московский парк Победы) is a public park near Moskovsky Avenue. The name of the park was given in honor of Victory in the WWII.
Park covers an area of 168 acres (0.68 km2). It was officially open for public ( July 7, 1946) to mark the Allied victory in World War II over Nazi Germany.
The decorated with ponds, canals, avenues, and flower gardens. The main artery of the park is the Avenue of Heroes.The authors ware Soviet architects Evgeniy Katonin and Valerian Kirhoglani. They created a summer stage, fountains and several pavilions including two propylene-like buildings at the main entrance. A major alley called "Alley of Heroes" features busts of Soviet heroes, hence the name. Among statuaries in the park are the monument dedicated to Soviet marshal Georgy Zhukov and statues of Soviet war heroes Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya and Alexander Matrosov. In the 1990s, the Orthodox chapel and commemorative plaque were erected at the former site of the crematory facility.
The park hide a scary story. It was the crematory facility was heavily used for victims of siege of the City. It is estimate that here is unnamed graves for 117 thousand to over 600 thousand bodies. Locals swear that since a cross was erected on the sight of a mass grave, the ghosts of those who died and were not properly buried have ceased to haunt visitors to the park.
The park features several entertainment options including a small amusement park, playgrounds, cafés, boat rental, mini-golf, tennis courts and outdoor ice skating rink.
I been in hostel near the park but in that time is been under construction.