To understand why Vasilyevsky Island is so beloved by residents of Saint-Petersburg, we offer you to walk along these places.
“Walk along the Island” route will introduce you the most famous historic and architectural monuments of the city centre and Vasilyevsky Island.
At first you will see Senate and Saint Isaac’s Squares. And after crossing Palace Bridge you will find yourself on the biggest Island of Saint-Petersburg. An amazing architectural ensemble of Stock Exchange Square opens up in front of you. You will meet Sphinxes - the most ancient and mysterious guards of the city, walk through the narrowest street of Saint-Petersburg and enjoy great views of University Embankment.
Vasilyevsky Island has its special attraction and mysticism, and time stops, when this enigmatic world opens its doors in front of us…
Saint Isaac's Cathedral is the biggest Orthodox church in Saint-Petersburg, has the museum status. It is the prominent monument of Russian classicism style. Wonderful panorama opens over the city from the colonnade.
Menshikov Palace is the residence, which was built for the first Saint-Petersburg governor General Alexander Menshikov . The Palace was built in 1710-1721 by architects G.Fontana and G. Schadel. Menshikov Palace is the first stone building in Saint-Petersburg. The building is the impressive example of Petrine Baroque style. The two-colored vivid facade painting, pilasters with carved capitals make the facade look magnificent. The interior of the palace looks ceremonial as well, for its decoration the most expensive materials were used, which were imported or custom-made by Russian masters. The palace items were picked out from the Hermitage Museum’s collection, which houses the property not only of Russian tsars but also of noble families.
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Bronze Horseman on Senate Square - is the monument to the great Emperor Peter the First, which was glorified by famous Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. This monument is one of the main symbols of Saint-Petersburg.
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Palace bridge – is one of the thirteen draw-bridges in the city, which became one of the symbols of Saint-Petersburg. Unique views, which open from the bridge won’t let anyone indifferent.
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From Universitetskaya Embankment the great views open over the prominent architectural monuments, which are located on the both embankments of the Nive River.