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Central District of St. Petersburg

Guide to the main district of St. Petersburg. Here's located all the most popular places of our city — Nevsky Prospect, The State Hermitage Museum, Kazan Cathedral, Church of the Savior on Blood, The State Russian Museum, Vosstaniya square and much more.
Central District of St. Petersburg
Guide to the main district of St. Petersburg. Here's located all the most popular places of our city — Nevsky Prospect, The State Hermitage Museum, Kazan Cathedral, Church of the Savior on Blood, The State Russian Museum, Vosstaniya square and much more.

Central district is the main part of St. Petersburg

The central area is considered to be the most beautiful area of the city, and not by accident. Speaking of the outstanding sights of Europe, you should definitely mention the historical center of St. Petersburg. Here we have some of the most beautiful Russian palaces, architectural ensembles and gardens, as well as many unique museums that attract travelers from around the world. The historical center was put on the World Heritage List in 1990, and the Golden Triangle remains its most interesting and visited area.

A huge number of historical and architectural monuments are located on its territory: the State Hermitage Museum, the Russian Museum of Ethnography, the State Russian Museum, Memorial Apartment of A.S. Pushkin Museum. In total, there are more than 25 museums in the Central District.

Golden Triangle

The lion's share of the former glory of the Empirial capital is concentrated in a relatively small area between Nevsky Prospect, the Neva and Fontanka.

The center of the Golden Triangle, St. Petersburg and the former Russian Empire is the Palace Square, built up, as they would say now, by foreign experts. The appearance of the ceremonial ensemble has remained almost unchanged for the last two hundred years, except that the Winter Palace changed colors like gloves: imagine it painted terracotta colour (that's how it was in the 1920s) or yellowish (the original version of Rastrelli).

Today, this part of the city is rightfully considered to be not only one of the most fashionable and luxurious parts the city, but also the one, that is filled with architectural and cultural heritage.

Liteynyi (Foundry) part

Tauride Garden, a pearl of St. Petersburg parks, is located near to the former palace of Prince Potemkin in the Foundry part. Featuring noble simplicity outside and magnificence inside, the palace has long been the residence of members of the imperial family, but for more than a hundred years it has been used for all sorts of public engagements. The State Duma, the Provisional Government, the Petrograd Soviet of Workers' Deputies, and the Constituent Assembly worked in it. In Soviet times, the Higher Party School was there, and now the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the CIS countries is having sessions in that palace.
In the XIX century, Foundry and the streets adjacent to the east of it, began to be built with stone houses and during the reign of Alexander the Second, the district became fashionable and was transformed into St. Petersburg's very own Faubourg Saint-Germain: aristocratic mansions built by famous architects are distinguished by their luxury and elegance, the eclecticism of apartment houses imitates all the historical styles from old Russian to the Moorish, noble apartments "on the whole floor" (15−20 rooms) are decorated with fountains and winter gardens, the pavements are well-maintained and clean, the neighborhood is quiet and safe.

The center of the artistic life of the Silver Age was located in the corner building on Tavricheskaya and Tverskaya streets during 1905−1912. The poet Vyacheslav Ivanov and his wife, fiction writer Lydia Zinovyeva-Annibal lived on the top floor of Dernov's house. Valery Bryusov, Andrei Bely, Nikolai Gumilev, Maximilian Voloshin, Nikolai Berdyaev, Leonid Andreyev met on famous Wednesdays in the building's round tower complete with corner bay window. Akhmatova presented there her first poem, Blok read "The Stranger" in a dull monotonous voice. The performances of the amateur "Tower Theater" were staged by Meyerhold, sets were designed by Sudeikin, and visitors of the Tower themselves participated the productions, playing their parts, along with the apartment owners and even of the porter's children.

Today, Foundry St. Petersburg is a prosperous center of the city, which is perfect for a visit, regardless whether you are just a leisure traveler or on a business trip — all the major city arteries are in the vicinity, so you can get to any attraction within 30 minutes. The way to the airport will take you approximately 45 minutes.
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