Nevsky Prospect

Невский проспект. Путеводитель

 On the map

Value: the main street of Saint-Petersburg

Портрет Петра I, худ. Ж.М. Натье (1717)Name: beginning from the Admiralty building the Prospect ends near the Saint Alexander Nevsky Lavra, where there are relics of St. Alexander Nevsky, who defeated the Swedes on the banks of the Neva River in 1240. Originally Prospect was called “the road to Nevsky monastery”, but later this name was reduced.

Citation: “There is nothing finer than Nevsky Prospekt, not in Petersburg anyway: it is the making of the city…” (N.V.Gogol).

Legend: Nevsky Prospect isn’t the straight way, because in the Vosstaniya Square it makes a slight bend. Some people say a clearing for Nevsky Prospect was cut through the wood from both ends of the way. From one ends, where the Saint Alexander Nevsky Lavra is, the Russian monks was working, from another to meet them Swedish soldiers captured was advancing. When two groups met, it became clear that it was made a mistake in the calculations, and there is a little bend on the road. When Peter the Great saw this mistake he ordered to beat Russian monks: he was sure, that Swedes, though captured, were Europeans, and Europeans could never allow such an error.

Major Attractions:

Kazan Cathedral – the cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church in St. Petersburg.

The Book House – “If you never was in the Book House, you are just smoking the sky”, Petersburg’s proverbs say.

Church of the Savior on Blood – the most debonair church in the city is in the place of the killing.


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