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Hidden gems in St. Petersburg, Russia

Here’s the list of 10 most incredible and less well known places in St. Petersburg, which we recommend to visit. You can also book prepared by our team unique private tour of St. Petersburg Hidden Gems
Hidden gems in St. Petersburg, Russia
Here's the list of 10 most incredible and less well known places in St. Petersburg, which we recommend to visit. You can also book prepared by our team unique private tour of St. Petersburg Hidden Gems

1. Annenkirche (Kirochnaya street, 8)

Gloomy interior with the traces of raging fire seems like a decoration for a post-apocalyptic picture. The oldest Lutheran church in Saint Petersburg is a place for admirers of rock culture, contemporary art, and the movie "Brother", some episodes of which were filmed in the courtyard of Annenkirche. Among the first church parishioners was Carl Fabergé, a Russian jeweller known for the famous Fabergé eggs. Many years later a popular Russian rock band "Leningrad", notorious for vulgar lyrics, performed here.

St. Anne's Lutheran Church, or Annenkirche, was built in Saint Petersburg in 1779. The name of the street where Annenkirche is located, derives from the German word "Kirche" which means "church". Yury Felten, the architect of St. Anne's Church, replaced the wooden building with a stone one and designed the church in a Neoclassical style. The court master who enjoyed the respect of Empress Catherine the Great, is also famous for building the Palace Square, the Small and the Great Hermitage, the interiors of the Winter Palace, the Chesme palace, or the cast-iron railing of the Summer Garden. Felten was not only the author of the temple but also his parishioner. St. Anne's Lutheran Church became a spiritual home for many famous city dwellers, including Carl Fabergé, Peter Lesgaft, or a Russian painter Karl Bryullov whose wedding ceremony was held here.

Today Annenkirche is a creative space where you can find different exhibitions, concerts, and many other events. To check follow the schedule.

2. The Izmailovsky Garden
(Fontanka embankment, 114)

The Izmailovsky garden, also called the Buff Theatre garden, looks lovely at any time of the year. Here you can find a lot of gorgeous sculptures created by modern Russian masters. Among them there is a "Petersburg Angel" made by Roman Shustrov in honour of people, who survived wars, hunger, and the dissolution of the Soviet Union but remained kind and optimistic. Inside the garden you can also see two modern buildings of the Youth Theatre on the Fontanka, noticeable from the architectural side. The Izmailovsky garden is located in Kolomna, one of the most authentic and charming areas of St. Petersburg.

3. The House of Scientists
(Dvortsovaya embankment, 6)

The House of Scientists is the palace formerly owned by Grand Duke Vladimir Aleksandrovich, the son of Emperor Alexander II. Later, in the USSR the Vladimir Palace became the oldest social and cultural club for the scientific intelligentsia. Therefore the scientists were able not only to preserve priceless antiquities and pieces of art but also to defend the building during the years of privatization and preserve the authentic interiors. Today this place is the centre of intellectual, cultural, and scientific life of the city, where famous "Alferov Tea Parties" are held every year.

If you want to learn more about the House of Scientists, just follow the shedule.

4. The House of Music (Alekseevsky Palace)

The House of Music is one of the grand palaces of St. Petersburg. The Grand Duke wished to live in a mansion reminiscent of the ancient romantic castles of medieval France in the Loire Valley, but with all the comfort inherent at the end of the 19th century: the interlacing of the Alekseevsky Palace styles replaced the journey through countries and epochs. Passing from the hall to the hall, the guests got into the atmosphere of the Middle Ages of the English (knight's) hall, the light-hearted secularity of the Dance Hall, the eastern exotics of the Chinese drawing room. The dining room is decorated in baroque style, the bathing resembles the houses of the beautiful Pompeii until its death, carved furniture and oak cabinet panels remind of the era of the European Renaissance, and the lower dining room is styled under the painted towers of the old Moscow.

Nowadays palace holds numerous of concerts and performances, check schedule here or get in touch with us to use Most Petersburg concierge service (tickets even to the "sold-out" performances)

5. The Poland Garden

The Polish Garden is located behind the Catholic Cathedral on Derzhavinsky Lane behind the Derzhavin Manor. The entrance ticket is 60 rubles. Here used to be the garden of the estate of GR Derzhavin. The garden was lovingly reconstructed in 2010. With great love. Today it is one of the most well-maintained gardens in St. Petersburg. Here they love to do photo sessions of wedding couples.

Here`s the shedule, were you can find more information about this wonderful place.

6. Brusnitsyn Mansion

Brusnitsyn mansion, the richest industrialist of St. Petersburg in the mid-19th century is an architectural monument of 1884 in an eclectic style. It is worthwhile to come here with an excursion, at least in order to learn the legend of the mystical mirror. At the beginning of the twentieth century, a large mirror was ordered for the drawing room from abroad, which seemed to be hanging in one of the Venetian palazzo where the remains of Count Dracula were kept. They say that people who looked in this mirror experienced strange sensations, and then all sorts of troubles occurred to them. The rumors began with the sudden death of the merchant's granddaughter, the rest of the family suddenly fell seriously ill, so the mirror was hidden in the pantry. After the revolution, the factory housed the mansion. Mirrors were found and hung in the office of the deputy director. After a while, this man disappeared without a trace under mysterious circumstances. One of the workers, who saw his reflection, also suddenly disappeared. Then the entrance to the office was boarded up, the factory administration was moved to a new building, and the mansion was empty for a long time.

Shedule for more information about the Brusnitsyn mansion.

To order an excursion please contact us.

7. Saint Petersburg Union of Artists Gallery

The history of the building of the Union of Artists begins back in 1763, when by order of Catherine the house was bought and given to the trustee of the Empress I.P. Elagin.

This man was not easy, and very soon his fame began to float about his house, as a highly cultured, interesting place, where often writers, theater-goers, artists showed their works. Not only noble guests were invited here, but also ordinary people, which promoted the education of freemasons and other artisans. After the death of Elagin, the house for some time ceased its work as an enlightening place, but already in 1877 by order of Emperor Alexander II the house was given for the needs of the Society of the Artists' Promotion. Since then, exhibitions and art schools are always organized here.

Today, a variety of exhibitions are regularly held in the house of the Union of Artists. Annually, the workers of the house museum update the program of exhibitions, with which everyone can read on the official website.

Here, compactly and cognitively housed exhibitions carefully divided into sections. Each parishioner can choose an exhibition to his liking. So, here you can visit the section of painting, or the sculpture section. Perhaps someone will be interested in the graphics section, or the section of monumental art. Also there is a section of restoration, ceramics, poster, theater and cinema.

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You can offer a private art guide for visiting Saint Petersburg Union of Artists Gallery here.

8. Marble Palace

Individual exhibitions of beginners and eminent artists work here, as well as an exhibition-examination of graduation theses of graduates of the Department of Decorative and Applied Arts.

This palace, the work of A. Rinaldi, was immediately recognized by all as "one of a kind". This applies, above all, to the fact that the main material for finishing the facades and interiors of the Marble Palace was a natural stone — granite and marble, from which, in fact, its name came.

The Marble Palace was built for 17 years in 1785, this place was formerly occupied by the Peter the Great's Post Office, now the Marble Palace is completing the front part of the Palace Embankment of the northern capital.

Today the Marble Palace is managed by the Russian Museum and, besides the main exposition, often exhibits contemporary artists.

Shedule —

You can offer a private art guide here.

9. Applied Art Museum at the Stieglitz Academy

The Museum of the Industrial Art Academy is located in a magnificent building, created by the architect M.E. Mesmaher at the end of the XIX century. Here he and other graduates of the School of Technical Drawing Baron Stieglitz created unique interiors, equal in artistic qualities to the interiors of the Winter Palace and other well-known Petersburg palaces.

This museum is not as widely known as the Hermitage or the Russian Museum. But the stories of his collections and the building itself will certainly be interesting.

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Also You can offer a private art guide for visiting Stiegliz museum here.

10. The courtyard at Galernaya 55

This magnificent place brings you to the atmosphere of Petersburg in the 18th century. Without a doubt, this is one of the most atmospheric places in the city. We recommend visiting together with one of our guides.

Prepared by MOST Petersburg, 17.09.2018

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