Spit of Vasilyevsky Island
Name Origin: here Neva is divided into two branches, turning the easternmost tip of Vasilyevsky island into the sagittal cape.
Interesting facts: For one and a half century, the main port of St. Petersburg was situated on the Spit of Vasilyevsky Island. All the buildings here are somehow related to the needs of the port. However, in XIX century British skippers were swearing about the fact that it is faster to reach from London to Kronstadt than from Kronstadt to St.Petersburg.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 located until today.
Rostral Columns – lighthouses that can be found on the 50-ruble banknote.
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. The Hermitage complex consists of five connected buildings; four of them are visible from the embankment:
- Winter Palace – the main residence of the Russian emperors.
- Small Hermitage – this building gave the name “Hermitage” for the whole museum complex.
- Old Hermitage – among other masterpieces, it houses the only paintings by Leonardo da Vinci in Russia.
- Hermitage Theatre – private theater of Catherine the Great.
Zoological Museum – mostly known for its several mammoths, brought here from Siberia.
Kunstkamera – the first museum in Russia. Its name can be translated as “The House of curiosities”.
Saint Isaac’s Cathedral – the largest cathedral in St. Petersburg, it was being constructed during 40 years.
Admiralty – the Navy Staff of Russia. Peter the Great placed here the Ministry of the Navy and the major shipyard of the Russian Empire. For more than one and a half century, ships were no longer constructed here. Nevertheless, from 2012 till now the Naval flag of Russia, also known as the St Andrew’s flag, is elevated above the Admiralty that indicates the presence of the Navy Staff.
Palace Bridge – a symbol of the St. Petersburg at night.