The Spit of Vasilyevsky Island

Стрелка Васильевского острова. Путеводитель

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Стрелка Васильевского острова в XIX векеValue: the most beautiful place in the city, from which there is a wonderful view on the maximum number of attractions.

Why it is so called: here Neva is divided into two branches, turning the eastern extremity of Vasilyevsky island in the sagittal cape.

Interesting facts: during 150 years the main port of St. Petersburg is situated on the Spit of Vasilyevsky Island. All the buildings here are somehow related with the needs of the port. However, in the XIX century British skippers were swearing: there was faster from London reach Kronstadt than from Kronstadt reach to St. Petersburg port. The fairway of Neva was more difficult, than earlier and no longer have been adequate for tonnage ships. Therefore, the port was moved to the Gulf of Finland, where it is today.


Major Attractions:

Rostral Columns – old lighthouses, decorated with sculptures of rostra-noses ships.

Old Stock Exchange – vacant building, which has become a hostage of politics in the last decade.

State Hermitage Museum – the largest museum of Russia and the fourth largest museum in the world. Hermitage complex consists of five connected buildings, four of which are visible from the promenade. These are:

  • Winter Palace – the main residence of the Russian emperors.
  • Small Hermitage – namely this building gave the name “Hermitage” for whole museum complex.
  • Old Hermitage – here, among other masterpieces, are unique in the Russian paintings by Leonardo da Vinci.
  • Hermitage Theatre – private theater of Catherine the Great.

Zoological Museum – here, among the numerous stuffed animals Stierlitz had a meeting with his agents.

Kunstkamera – “The Chamber of curiosities”, the first museum in Russia.

Saint Isaac’s Cathedralthe largest cathedral in St. Petersburg, it was being constructed during 40 years.

Admiralty – the building was constructed for the Naval Ministry. Now here is a naval school, oddly enough, bearing the name of Felix Dzerzhinsky.

Palace Bridge – a visiting card of the night St. Petersburg.

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