Parks and Squares, Saint Petersburg
The huge Palace Square forms the heart of historical St. Petersburg. Probably remembered by Russians for the massacre of 'Bloody Sunday' on January 22, 1905, when Tsarist troops fired on unarmed strikers, sparking the revolution of 1905. It also played an important part in the 1917 revolution, when a group of Bolshevik militants massacre of 'Bloody Sunday' on January 22, 1905, when Tsarist troops fired on unarmed strikers sparked the revolution of 1905. It also played an important part in the 1917 revolution, when a group of Bolshevik militants stormed the Winter Palace following a shot fired from the Aurora cruiser.
The square was laid out between 1819 -1829, by Carlo Rossi, who had designed the "General Staff" building in the square, and many other buildings etc in St. Petersburg.
Political rallies and official ceremonies still take place here.
Arts Square was drawn up by Italian architect, Carlo Rossi, who spent most of his life working in Russia and is considered by many to be a native Russian architect.
He was responsible for all the most prominent buildings built on the square, most of them in the same architectural design.
Arts Square derives its name from the cluster of museums, theaters and concert halls that surround it. These include the Russian Museum, one of the country's two largest collections of Russian art, Ethnographic Museum, representing all the ethnic cultures of the former USSR, Maly Opera and Ballet Theater (also known as the Mussorgsky Theater), often referred to as "the city's second fiddle to the Mariinsky for opera and ballet," Concert Hall (Bolshoi Zal) of the St. Petersburg Philarmonia – the city’s prime classical music venue.
Standing in the middle of the square stands a Statue of Alexander Pushkin (1799-1836).
He was Russia’s most famous and most beloved poet, writing some of the most beautiful poetry about St. Petersburg.
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!
Address: Nevsky Prospekt / m. Gostiniy Dvor
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.
Directions: Nearest metro: Nevsky Prospekt or Gostiny Dvor
This large square is at the interchange of Nevskiy Prospekt and Ligousky Ave. is surrounded by the Vosstaniya metro station, the Oktayabrskaya hotel and the Moskovsky railway station . In the centre is giant granite pillar with the communist star on top. The square is also known as Uprising Square.
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).
We had our lunch sandwiches in this beautiful place in the picture. If you'd like to go for a walk in this park, take the metro to the Chernysevskaya and walk towards east about 5 min. It's a nice park and a beautiful area with several embassies.
Address: the corner of Potyominskaya and Kirochinaya str.
The Summer Garden (Letny Sad), St. Petersburg's first garden, was laid out for Peter the Great in 1704. It has a series of long straight paths, lined with tall trees. Even though it was relatively crowded on the Sunday evening we were there, the place felt very calm. There are also a series of statues in the park, including one of Ivan Krylov, the famous Russian fabulist.
Tucked away in the northeast corner of the Summer Garden is the Summer Palace (Letny Dvorets), the city's first "palace" (interestingly simple and minuscule compared to its successors). You can visit the interior, which we didn't do because it was too late in the day.
Keeping with their "Summer" names, both the garden and the palace are open from May to October. The Summer Garden is open every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., while the palace, which has an entry fee, is open Wednesday to Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Directions: The nearest metro station is Gostiny Dvor: from there, take Nevsky Prospekt, then turn left on Ulitsa Sadovaya. Continue until you cross the Moyka river, then take a right on Naberezhnaya Reki Moyki.
In December, 2007, the first time, outdoor ice skating ring was opened on Palace Square around Alexander's column on Palce Square.
Old soviet recreation music is played and it is fun just to watch.
It cost around $15.
A short clip on YouTube:
Address: Palace Square
Directions: In front of the Hermitage, the beginning of Nevsky Prospect and the Neva River.
An awe inspiring sight, this huge square was designed by Carlo Rossi. Two impressive buildings are facing each other - the Winter Palace and the General Staff Building. And in the middle towering to the sky the Alexander column.
And the third side across the street you have the Admiralty building. You cannot get a better concentration of power - tsar´s palace, the Army and the Navy. All in one place.
It was on this place that took place the events of Bloody Sunday - tsarist troops firing on protesters.
The best way to see the square for the first (and all subsequent) time is to turn right from Nevsky prospect to the small street after nab. reky Moiki (when going to Neva) and pass through the arch dividing the General Staff building. This is my favourite walk whenever I am in St Petersburg.
There is no better place to feel the old and new or St. Petersburg than Sennaya Ploschad.
From the newest glass-encased shopping center to old Dostoevsky town, the soul of St. Petersburg passed through Sennaya Ploschad.
The name means "hay square" and is the location for the old hay market where you couild always find the best prices. It is the setting for Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment among other works. The name Dostoevsky town was not always a flattering title, but now the area has been largely renovated and is one of teh more trendy and ecclectic neighborhoods inthe center.
Photo shows Sennaya metro station built on site of major orthodox church removed by the Soviet government in 1961 to make way for the metro station. In 2003 a small chapel (left)was place on the square to mark the church location. A few of teh original icon paintings re there and you can still go light a candle there. A real example of soviet downsizing of religion.
Address: Sennaya Ploschad
Directions: Sennaya or Sadovaya Metro exit to the square
An indoor water park with slides, wave pool, sauna/banya and misc fountains and pools.
For children about 350 rubles ($12) for 4 hours, adults, 530 rubles ($20) during 9-am- 4pm times.
Opened in 2006, it is relatively well-maintained, but you will find bigger and more friendly parks in europe or USA. It is a beautiful location along the gulf. You can sit and enjoy the outside view. It is open year-round, a bonus in winter when the gulf is frozen over!
Funnest ride, the Space Bowl- speed slide through a tube into a funnel and drop into a pool.
We think it is like being flushed down a toilet. More fun than it sounds :)
Length: 26 meters
Absolutely no photos allowed. :( Many security people will come if you try. They have their own picture service and you can buy a picture form their staff or even request they take some for you.
We got a few pictures to share.
Address: 14 Korablestroitelei, Vasilevsky Ostrov
Directions: Metro Primorskaya and take bus K-162 or K-248
Next to Park Inn Pribaltiyskaya
If you continue walking along the Nevskiy Avenue, in 15 mins you will come to the Palace Square (Dvortsovaja ploshad'). Here the Winter Palace (where russian tsars lived almost for 2 centuries) is located. In the middle you will see the Alexander Column, which is dedicated to the victory over Napoleon Bonapart in the Patriotic War of 1812.
The beautiful square that connects Ermitage and General Staff Building, with the Czar Alexander column in the middle. World history has been made here: In 1905, Czarist troops cut down a peaceful demonstration here, thus triggering the resignation of the Czar. In 1917, the Bolshevik supporters of Lenin stormed the Winter Palace and took over power.
Nice park with fountains and palaces, created by Peter The Great himself in the 18th century after he saw French Versailles.
Peter was a very talented man (well, all Gemini are like that, I suppose ;) and knew a couple dozen crafts, one of which was hydrauliics. So, it was actually he - Peter - who did all the work - created a sophisticated system of pumps which would carry the water to the fountains.
Directions: It is located about 20 kilometers west and 6 kilometers south of St. Petersburg, overlooking the Gulf of Finland.