Saint Petersburg State University
Place: Universitetskaya Embankment On the map
Architects: Domenico Trezzini, I.Borchardt, I. Schumacher
Notable features: Three buildings of the State University are located on the embankment. The main red-coloured building was originally built for the 12 ministries of the Russian Empire. In the XVIII century ministries were called colleges, so construction has been called “the Twelve Colleges building.” Gray building was planned as a residence of Peter II (grandson of Peter the Great), he died before the completion of the construction; nowadays the Department of Philology and Oriental Study is situated here. Yellow building was built as an arena for First Cadet Corps, where cadets trained to marsh; now a variety of concerts and festivals is hold there.
Interesting facts: Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Medvedev and even Vladimir Lenin graduated from the Law Department of the State University. Vladimir Lenin passed the exam for a university course externally.