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Admiralteysky District of St. Petersburg

Guide to one of the most beautiful and oldest districts of St. Petersburg. Here lived Dostoevsky, Pushkin, Lermontov, there are such monuments of world heritage as St.  Isaac's Cathedral, the bronze horseman, the#nbspMariinsky theater, and much more…
Admiralteysky District of St. Petersburg
Guide to one of the most beautiful and oldest districts of St. Petersburg. Here lived Dostoevsky, Pushkin, Lermontov, there are such monuments of world heritage as St. Isaac's Cathedral, the bronze horseman, the#nbspMariinsky theater, and much more…
Admiralteysky district is one of the oldest districts of St. Petersburg
Admiralteysky district is located on the left bank of the Neva. The origin of its name goes back to 1704, when the shipyard and the Admiralty Fortress were built there.

A characteristic feature of the district is the diversity of its composition and the conditions of residential buildings, here the buildings of Peter the Great's epoch coexist with unique new buildings, and the communal apartments — with fashionable apartments and mansions. It is noteworthy that some of the buildings are of the same age as the city, that's why almost half of the buildings in the district are on the special list of the fund for the protection of architectural monuments.
It is noteworthy that some of the buildings are of the same age as the city, that's why almost half of the buildings in the district are on the special list of the fund for the protection of architectural monuments.

Another unique feature — is the absence of any central highways — each part of the district has its main streets, which are also major shopping attractions.
The third "peculiarity" -is the area of the bodies of water — the Admiralteysky district can rightly be called the most aquatic district of St. Petersburg.

Admiralteisky District is distinguished from the rest of St. Petersburg by its pre-revolutionary buildings. The architectural appearance of Admiralteisky district was formed mainly by the mid-19th century.
It is possible to talk about the sights of Admiralteisky district for a long time — about a half of the entire cultural heritage of St. Petersburg is situated on a relatively small area. And almost every year some new monuments are added to the existing number of old and not so old ones, that are already part of well-established ensemble. Outstanding architects such as K. Rossi, D. Quarenghi, A. Zakharov, O. Montferrand and others worked there. World famous monuments and iconic buildings, that decorate St. Petersburg, such as St. Isaac's Cathedral, New Holland, Senate and Synod, Mariinsky and Yusupov Palaces etc. are located there. The majestic buildings are surrounded by picturesque gardens and squares.

The district is home to Technological Institute, University of Technology and Design, Technological Academy, University of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Academy of Aerospace Instrumentation, Baltic Technical University, and Higher Naval School. Research institutions are based there: Institute of Plant Protection, Institute of Metrology named after D.I. Mendeleev, Research Institute of Synthetic Rubber named after Lebedev, Research Institute of Plant cultivation named after N.I. Vavilov.

Many of cultural venues are located here: Conservatory named after N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov, Palace of Education, Central Exhibition Hall "Manege", House of Artists and Composers, Museum of Railway Transport and Communications, Museum of Musical Instruments, Houses and Palaces of Culture and Leisure.
Yusupov Garden is one of the oldest gardens in St. Petersburg, bringing the breath of a fresh air to us since the mid-18th century — a favorite place for residents to walk in St. Petersburg, starting from 1820s, when the garden became accessible for everyone to enjoy.

Famous Ekateringoff park with its stadium and a boat station, Admiralty Garden, "Olympia", Alexander's Garden and others are opened recently after restoration. All of those gardens have their own peculiar charm and originality, which attract residents and tourists alike, and the memories of them forever stay in the hearts of those who have ever visited them.

Parks and embankments still the most popular place for walking and recreation, both among permanent residents of the area, and its guests.

Yusupov Garden
You can not name all the monumental sculptures, "registered" in Admiralty district. Monuments to Nicholas I, N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov, D.I. Mendeleev, M.I. Glinka, A.S. Griboedov; sphinxes, keeping their secrets on the Egyptian bridge; lions and vases that adorn English, Admiralty and other not so well-known embankments— they are all too familiar sites, probably, for every inhabitant of our country who at least once looked through the albums and photographs dedicated to St. Petersburg. "The Bronze Horseman" stands apart — a monument to Peter I, that became a symbol of St. Petersburg long time ago.

The Bronze Horseman
The honorary title of the cultural city center is fully justified for Admiralty district. A large number of theatres, including the world-famous Mariinsky State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre; Conservatory named after N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov; museums (including the Open-Air Museum of Railway Transport) and exhibition halls, Russian Geographical Society, several Palaces of Culture and Leisure — in general, it will take far more than one day to get around all of them, and everyone who comes here will definitely find something pleasing for their souls.

Admiralteysky district is one of the most "touristic" districts of the city, excursions take place here day and night. Moreover, with the development of the tourism industry, excursions are becoming more diverse and unusual — you can see the area of former slums described by Dostoevsky or have a walk along the rooftops, looking from above into the famous yard-wells; stroll through some landmark enterprises (for example, they organize excursions to Admiralty shipyards) or limit yourself to a "standard set" walk with a guide through the "golden tourist's traps". Still you can just go wandering through the streets and courtyards, discovering with each step our unusual city from the new side.
Admiralteisky region attracted a huge number of creative personalities to itself — it is impossible to count all famous writers, poets, artists and composers who worked here. Dostoevsky and Gogol, who lived here and wrote about the gloomy courtyards-wells; Pushkin and Blok, Griboedov and Tolstoy breathed its air and heartfelt music of Stravinsky and Solovyov-Sedov was born. This is both working and cultural district, which is full of contrasts and contradictions. Famous singer F.I. Shalyapin, balerina G. Ulanova and many others lived here.

Kolomna

Russian poets and writers who have been here, noted that this area is rather provincial, without any of imperial grandeur and broad sweep, that are inherent in the metropolitan center.

Kolomna's style is rather close to Biedermeier: chamber, bourgeois, moderately romantic, with an abundance of baroque elements — and at the same time convenient for people. Here are the houses, that still remember Pushkin. And most importantly — the spirit of a quiet corner is there, because it still remains the golden mean between the center and outskirts areas of the city .
There are plenty of unique houses here in the style of art nouveau. For example, the "accordion house" at the corner of Pskovskaya and Volodya Ermak Street. Or the house of the architect Baniga on the same Pskovskaya st. Or a number of apartment houses for rent behind the row of poplars along the Griboyedov Canal. Or the most beautiful miniature "Masonic" (actually not Masonic) Schroeter mansion on Pisarev Street opposite New Holland.

To experience the whole chamber character of the area, walk along quiet little streets, they almost always duplicate the large highways. Instead of using Rimsky-Korsakov Avenue, which is full of traffic noise, it is better to walk along Vitebskaya or Pskovskay streets, which would smoothly take you to Souza Pechatnikov street. Instead of Lermontovsky Avenue, it is quite possible to walk along Kryukov Canal, which is parallel to it. Instead of Sadovaya street -use Kanonerskaya.
In Kolomna it feels very well that Petersburg is a sea city. Local landscapes resemble those of Amsterdam and Holland in general. Though there is no direct access to the sea, but water is all around you- Kryukov and Griboedov Canals, Pryazgka, Fontanka, and Moika rivers.

As a result of prevalence of canals a huge number of bridges is in the area: large and small, for pedestrians and for motor-vehicles. For example, standing on a bridge in the alignment of Sadovaya Street near the bell tower of St. Nicholas Cathedral, you can see a dozen of other bridges.
Just by turning around one would be able to see all the bridges across Kryukov Canal, three crossings across Griboedov Canal, and some of the bridges over the Moika and Fontanka would get into a field of vision of the most far-sighted individuals.

Spiritual food for every taste is also in abundance in Kolomna. Even despite the fact that a number of churches were destroyed here during the Soviet years (Pokrovskaya, Voskresenskaya), the area is still characterized by a multitude of religious buildings and by the variety of faiths, they represent: Catholicism, Orthodoxy, Lutheranism, Judaism. We highly recommend visiting all of them, even if you are a complete atheist — after all, cultural events unrelated to religion are often held in Kolomna churches. For example, in Catholic Church of St. Stanislaus or Estonian Jaani Kirik excellent organ concerts are regularly given.

Grand Choral Synagogue
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Angliyskaya Naberezhnaya (English Quay)

The English Embankment in St. Petersburg is located on the left bank of the Neva River between Senatskaya Square and Novo-Admiralty Canal. In the past, the English Embankment had a huge number of names: in total, this highway had about 22 names at different times. At the beginning of the 18th century, it was called Lower Embankment Street, and a bit later, Isaakievskaya Embankment and Galernaya Embankment. In the 1770s, the embankment became English. From 1918 to 1994, it was called the Embankment of the Red Fleet. Then, in honor of the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II, the former name was returned to the street.
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