Welcome to our tour of St. Petersburg! Here we will introduce you to
Russia’s greatest historical and cultural treasure, its "Northern
Capital" - the famous "Venice of the North". Virtually unharmed by
the 1930-50s period of Stalinist reconstruction, downtown St.
Petersburg is crowded with splendid palaces, impressive historical
monuments, tree-lined avenues and beautiful bridges. Although not
yet 300 years old, St. Petersburg is a city crammed with historical
and cultural associations and a refined air of mystery.
The Bronze Horseman
This inspirational equestrian monument to Peter the Great, founder
of St. Petersburg, is among the major landmarks of the city and is a
Monument to Catherine the Great
Located on Ostrovsky Square, a few dozen yards from Nevsky
Prospekt, this monument is dedicated to Russia's magnificent Empress
Catherine, who is surrounded by the most prominent men and women of
The Alexander Column
Located in the middle of Palace Square, opposite the
world-famous Hermitage Museum, this column is an impressive 47.5
meters (156 feet and 9 inches) tall and its body is made of a single
piece of red granite.
Monument to Fiodor Dostoyevsky
This monument to one of Russia's most prominent writers was unveiled
in the spring of 1997 just off Vladimirskaya Square and only one
block away from the Dostoyevsky Museum.
Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad
At the point where our grandfathers halted the WWII Nazi advance
on the city, there now stands an impressive memorial to the bravery
of the citizens of Leningrad, combining an eternal flame, an
obelisk, numerous heroic Soviet sculptures and an underground
Piskariovskoye Memorial Cemetery - A sobering monument and
the burial site of over 500,000 victims of the Siege of Leningrad.
The cemetery's date-marked common graves stand as a constant
reminder of those thousands of heroic citizens who died protecting
the city from the Nazis.
The Narva Gate
This triumphal arch was built between 1827 and 1834 to
commemorate the victory of Russia and its allies in the war with
Napoleon in 1812-14.
The Moscow Gate
This triumphal arch, which stands on the city's southbound
Moskovsky Prospekt, was built between 1834 and 1838 in memory of
Russia's victory in the 1828-29 War with Turkey.
Monument to Peter the Great (opposite the Mikhailovsky Castle)
This Romanesque equestrian statue was created by the Italian
architect Carlo Rastrelli soon after Peter the Great's death,
although the statue wasn't erected as a monument until the very end
of the 18th century.
Monument to Peter the Great (by Mikhail Shemiakin)
This controversial statue to the founder of the city of St.
Petersburg was created by the Russian-American sculptor Mikhail
Shemiakin, and is a less than flattering portrayal of the Emperor.
It is, however, a great favorite with kids visiting the famous Peter
and Paul Fortress.
"The Tsar Carpenter"
This monument celebrating Peter the Great's rather
unexpected shipbuilding skills was somehow mislaid during the 1930s,
but luckily this copy was donated to the city in 1997 by the
government of the Netherlands.
Monument to Nicholas I (on Isaakievskaya Square)
This equestrian statue to Emperor Nicholas I is notable for its
innovative design, involving it balancing on just two legs.
Monument to Alexander III
This sturdy statue, depicting the ultra-conservative
undereducated Tsar Alexander III, now stands in the courtyard of the
Marble Palace where Vladimir Lenin's armored car once stood.
Statue of Goete
The bust of Johann Wolfgang Goethe was unveiled in 1999 in
front of the Lutheran Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul on Nevsky
Prospect for the 250th anniversary of the great German poet and
Statue of Gogol (on Malaya Konyushennaya Ulitsa)
The statue of the great Russian writer Nikolai Gogol was
unveiled on Malaya Konyushennaya Ulitsa on 1997. Although Gogol only
lived in St. Petersburg for a few years - from 1828-1836 - it was
here that he began his literary career and this city that made
arguably the greatest impression on his work.
Statues of Mikhail Kutuzov and Barclay de Tolley
Boris Orlovsky's statues of Mikhail Kutuzov and Barclay de
Tolley, two of the great Generals who led Russia to victory in the
Napoleonic Wars, were erected outside Kazan Cathedral in 1838. The
choice of location was no accident, as the Cathedral itself (built
in 1801-1811) was made into a memorial in thanks for the victory
over Napoleon in 1812, and Kutuzov was buried in it in 1813.
Statue of Turgenev
The statue of the Russian writer Ivan Turgenev was
unveiled on Manezhnaya Ploshchad in the summer of 2001, not far from
the old editorial offices of the magazine Sovremennik, or The
Contemporary, in which Turgenev published his work. Also nearby the
former home of Turgenev's best friend, the writer Vasily Botkin, and
the Demidovskaya Hotel, where in 1843 Turgenev met the love of his
life, the singer Polina Viardo.
One of the world's smallest monuments, the 11-centimeter Chizhik
Pyzhik was installed in 1994 on Fontanka Embankment - right down by
the water. This very Petersburg statue was created by the renowned
Georgian sculptor Rezo Gabriadze.