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River Lighthouses Or Rostral Columns

Favorite thing Our first stop where we got out to take pictures was along the river at what the guide said were lighthouses (there were two) but which the travel literature called Rostrums. Apparently several times a year, they build a fire at the top of it in a kind of bazaar thing (I find that it is a gas light). Stuck onto the side are ship bows which the guide said were the prows of vanquished enemies and there were statues around the bottom of Neptune, angel figureheads etc

Apparently in the 19th century lights on these two columns actually served as aids to navigation to guide vessels in the Neva River. The style of the columns comes from ancient Greece and Rome where rostral columns were erected to commemorate naval victories. The ships stuck on the side of the shafts are called "rostra" and they do represent prows of captured ships. The stone figures at the bottom of these columns represent or personify the four rivers - Volga, Neva, Volchov and Dnieper

Fondest memory This was my first real view of the beautiful buildings on the river going through St. Petersburg

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Oct 18, 2016

St. Petersburg Coat of Arms and flag

Favorite thing The Crossed anchors on the royal shield are the coat of arms for St. Petersburg. First adopted in 1780, then re-adopted in 1991. It is also the symbol on the city flag.
The anchors are different types, triple hook for river, doublehook for sea.

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May 16, 2007

Chijik Pyjik

Favorite thing Monument for Chijik Pyjik is one of most little monuments in the world. It is 11 cm height. It is located at Fontanka, near former Imperial school of jurisprudence. Students weared yellow-green uniforms, for what they were named Chijik Pyjik.

Fondest memory Popular belief about bronze Chijik Pyjik. If you flip a coin and your coin hit on base, it brings happiness and your dreams come true.

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May 06, 2005

1. Have a Baltika beer 2. ...

Favorite thing 1. Have a Baltika beer
2. Try Russian ice cream (especially from khlodokombinat #1 - ice cream concern #1)
3. Walk the canals
4. Come during the summer to see the 'white nights'
5. Eat at the Literary Cafe (Literaturnoye Cafe)
6. See the 'Church on the Spilt Blood'
7. See Peter on his horse
8. Visit the Peter and Paul fortress
9. See some of the Hermitage (lots of art, but nothing extremely noteworthy)
10. Go to the Mozart Cafe for some coffee and sweets

Nov 14, 2003
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Engineer's Castle

Favorite thing When Catherine the Great died late in 1796 she was succeeded by her son Paul, who had been estranged from her for years. Paul detested his mother, felt uncomfortable ruling in the shadow of her memory, and may have been more than a little psychologically unsound. Within a very short while he had alienated his nobility and advisors by both his erratic, capricious behavior and, more importantly, his attempts to lessen the power of both the nobility and the military. Having noticed that he was not exactly revered, Paul became convinced that he was a target for assassination.

His solution was the Engineer's Castle, a fully-loaded fortress residence, including a broad defensive moat and even a secret escape passageway from the hallway outside of his bedroom. The castle was not without some endearing personal touches, however. As a gesture of defiance at the restrained classical tastes of his deceased mother, Paul had the castle constructed in a kind of postmodern medley of different architectural styles. As a gesture of respect to his own taste, he had his monogram inscribed in the castle thousands of times over. Having rushed the project along, Paul moved in immediately upon its completion in 1801. Whether he believed Engineer's Castle to be impregnable or because he trusted almost no-one, the isolated Tsar brought with him a personal guard of only two Cossacks. Of course, reality quickly lived up to its reputation for irony--Paul was murdered in his bedroom only three days later, having never even reached the hallway.

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Nov 09, 2003

Peter the Great's Cottage

Favorite thing This shockingly modest wooden cottage was Peter's first residence during his supervision of the construction of St. Petersburg. Built by army carpenters in a mere three days in the summer of 1703, it contrasts ironically with the grand imperial city planned by its resident. Although the cottage has been sealed off in a protective brick enclosure, it still provides both a sense of the city's earliest days and an oddly intimate glimpse of Peter's character. Unlike many of his predecessors and his successors, Peter the Great spent a considerable amount of time trying to act not like a Tsar. At the age of fifteen he embarked on a Grand Tour of Europe, during which time he studied a number of crafts and worked in a Dutch shipyard. Even after his return, he frequently worked incognito among the laborers on his own projects, and it is likely that he literally lent a hand to the creation of his new capital.

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Nov 09, 2003

Peter the Great Statue (The Bronze Horseman)

Favorite thing Commissioned by Catherine the Great and sculpted by the Frenchman Etienne Falconet, this striking, dynamic statue has long been one of the most symbolic monuments in St. Petersburg. Catherine intended it to glorify the philosophy of enlightened absolutism that she shared with her predecessor, and for good and bad Falconnet seems to have succeeded. From different angles the rearing equestrian statue seems by turns to be benevolent and malevolent, inspiring and terrifying. In 1833 Pushkin immortalized it in his masterful poem The Bronze Horseman, in which the statue comes to life to pursue the poor clerk Yevgeny through the flooded streets of the city. For most of its history, the Bronze Horseman has been regarded as a symbol of tyranny and destruction. However, as Russia's Tsarist past has become more distant and somewhat less politically charged, the statue has come to be appreciated as much for its dramatic beauty as for its imperial associations.

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Nov 09, 2003

The Admiralty

Favorite thing The Admiralty building was constructed in 1823 as the administrative headquarters of the Russian Navy. Designed by Andreyan Zakharov, it is best known for its impressive central tower and crowning gilt spire. Rising to a height of over seventy meters, the spire is surmounted by a brilliant windvane in the form of a frigate, which has become the ubiquitous symbol of the city. The Admiralty's ornate facade is laden with appropriately nautical sculptures and reliefs, and looks out over the trees and statues of the pleasant Admiralty Garden.

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Nov 09, 2003

Top 5 Saint Petersburg Writers

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"St. Petersburg: a City for all Seasons"
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"St Petersburg : City of Peter the Great"
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"St. Petersburg in Spring"
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"St. Petersburg - City of cathedrals and bridges"
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Go ahead and recite poetry

Favorite thing If you're a student of Russian literature, you're probably going to have the overwhelming urge to recite some Pushkin when you see the Bronze Horseman. Go ahead. The Russians won't think you're THAT weird.

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Nov 03, 2003

Triumphal Arches

Favorite thing There are a few arches in St. Petersburg that were erected to commemorate war victories. The wooden Narva Arch was built as a memorial to the war of 1812. It is situated along the Narva highway originally to greet soldiers returning home after their victory over Napoleon.

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Sep 21, 2003

Saint Petersburg is a creation...

Favorite thing Saint Petersburg is a creation of the great Russian tsar Peter the Great, the city is named in his honour. Later, after the socialist revolution Saint Petersburg was renamed into Petrograd, 'the city of Peter', later in became Leningrad, 'the city of Lenin'. After the collapse of the USSR it was renamed into Saint Petersburg again. People call it just 'Piter', to make the name shorter. You must visit the monument to the tsar, which is called 'the copper rider'. It is situated on the bank of the Neva river.

Sep 12, 2002

Visit....... the Statue of...

Favorite thing Visit....... the Statue of Peter The Great..........
Inmortalized by Pushkin in his epic poem'The Bronze Horseman' has stood guard over the Neva River for centuries.
Erected by Catherine The Great to honor the city's founder.........Peter The Great,the statue has come to simbol St Petersburg.

Aug 24, 2002

Things To Do Near Saint Petersburg

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St.Isaac's Cathedral

Having a boat trip along the city canals you will see lots of magnificent edifices. his is the golden dome of St.Isaac's Cathedral built in 1818 - 1848. St.Isaac was the patron saint of Peter the...
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This huge complex of buildings can be seen from the three main thoroughfares of the city. You can see this tower with the old spire crowned with a weather vane shaped like a caravelle. The spire...
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As any Great Museum of the World Class, the State Hermitage has collections representing human culture from pre-historic times till XX century. At the ground floor you are going to find hall #65 the...
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Grand Palace

The Palace Church was built in 1751 by architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli. This Church played a special role in the history of the Russian imperial court. In the summer months, when Peterhof...
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