General Staff Building
Place: Palace Square
Construction time: 1819-1829
Architect: Carlo Rossi
Remarkable features: Facade length is about 600 m; there is a bronze chariot of Glory on the top of the arch.
In the old days: there were the General Headquarters of the Russian Army (the General Staff) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in this building.
Nowadays: The headquarters of the Leningrad Military District. The left part of the building is used for the expositions of the State Hermitage museum.
Interesting fact: The rooms of the Headquarters are closed to the public. Only a few people know that you can see the main ceremonial hall in the film “James Bond 007: GoldenEye.” The shooting was allowed by the personal approval of Anatoly Sobchak, the first and the only mayor of St. Petersburg.