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petrogradsky District of St. Petersburg

Petrogradskaya side is a special district. From here, from the Peter and Paul Fortress, began St. Petersburg. Here was the center of the city, which then moved to Vasilyevsky Island and finally — to the Central District.
Petrogradsky District of St. Petersburg
Petrogradskaya side is a special district. From here, from the Peter and Paul Fortress, began St. Petersburg. Here was the center of the city, which then moved to Vasilyevsky Island and finally — to the Central District.
Guide to the Petrogradsky district
Petrogradsky, as well as Central, Admiralteisky and Vasileostrovsky areas, is considered to be the center of the city. The area is located on seven large islands in the Neva delta and is completely surrounded by water. The boundaries of the district are the Big Neva and its branches: the Small Neva and the Big Nevka, as well as the waters of the Gulf of Finland.

The history of development of the Petrograd (formerly St. Petersburg) side began simultaneously with the history of St. Petersburg. On the Hare Island in 1703, the first foundation stone was laid for the future Peter and Paul Fortress, also the first residential building appeared there- the wooden house of Peter I. On the Petrograd side were erected: the Mint, the Custom house, the Trinity Cathedral, which received the status of the main cathedral of the capital.
The first city streets appeared in the immediate vicinity and under the protection of the fortress. After Peter’s death, the center of political, economic, and cultural life moved to the left bank of the Neva and Vasilyevsky Island. The Petrograd side turned into a place of country residences with luxurious palatial ensembles and country mansions growing on Kamenny and Elagin islands.

For a long time, Petrograd district was considered to be a city suburb, as it was practically cut off from the mainland on the left bank by wide expanses of water. Petrogradsky district was brought to life again at the turn of the twentieth centuries, when the district was connected to other parts of the city by the Trinity Bridge.
The largest medical centers of world importance are situated on the territory of Petrograd district: Medical University of I.P. Pavlova, Institute of Human Brain of Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Experimental Medicine, Institute of Children’s Diseases, Institute of Flu of Russian Academy of Medical Sciences.

Many higher education institutions are located in the district: Military Space Academy named after Mozhaysky, Topographic School, Nakhimov Navy School, St. Petersburg GUITMO and others.

Visitors to cultural institutions are always warmly welcomed in this area: Baltic House Theater, St. Petersburg Music Hall, Planetarium, Political History Museum, City’s History Museum, Leningrad Zoo, Artillery Museum and others.
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