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City photos Palace Square
City photos Palace Square
City photos Palace Square
City photos Palace Square
The Palace Square is the main square of St. Petersburg, the architectural ensemble, created in the second half of the XVIII — first half of XIX centuries. The Palace Square in St. Petersburg is the favourite place of guests and residents of the city, the heart of the Northern Capital of Russia. This is one of the most beautiful architectural ensembles in the world created by the best Russian architects. The square got its name after the Winter Palace, which was built by the architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli in the mid XVIII century. In 1819, under decree of Emperor Alexander I architect Carlo Rossi developed a project of a single architectural ensemble, glorifying the victory of Russian arms in the War of 1812. Along the southern border of the square was built an extended semicircular facade of the General Staff Building, which length is 580 m. It is the longest facade in the world. At the middle of the building, there is a grand Arch with images of flying geniuses of Glory, and adorned with sculptural composition “Chariot of Glory” with figures of warriors and a chariot of the winged goddess of Victory — Nike, created by sculptors N. Pimenov and V. Demuth-Malinovsky. In 1834, in memory of the victory of Russian troops over Napoleon's army there was inauguration of the Alexander Column created by the architect Auguste Montferrand. The column was named in honor of the Emperor Alexander I. The column with weight of 600 tons and height of 47.5 meters is topped with an angel with a cross, trampling a snake with the cross — a symbol of the victory of good over evil, created by architect B. Orlovsky. The bas-reliefs on the pedestal of the column celebrate the victory of Russian weapons, made by sculptors I. Liptse and P. Svintsov. The nexus of all the buildings was the completion in 1843 of the construction on the east side of the Guard Corps Staff Building by architect A. Briullov. The facade of the building is decorated with a portico of twenty Ionic columns. The Most beautiful building of the Palace Square is the Winter Palace. This great building occupies 9 hectares and has about a thousand rooms. At that time it was the tallest building in St. Petersburg. Pale green and white colors of facade of the Winter Palace give lightness and grace  - characteristic features of the Baroque style. Architect Rossi managed to combine in a single composition the Winter Palace and the strict General Staff Building. The Palace Square is one of the most attractive places in St. Petersburg. The Palace Square is included in the World Heritage List as part of the historic buildings of downtown of St. Petersburg.

Excursions with Palace Square

Get a glimpse of what St. Petersburg looked like more than 300 years ago during our 4-hour city tour with a visit to Peter and Paul’s fortress. Our City Tour provides a unique opportunity to get familiar with one of the most beautiful cities in Euro

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Explore one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and visit one of its most picturesque sights. You’ll see magnificent Nevsky Prospect, beautiful views of rivers, channels and bridges of “Venice of the North”, marvelous cathedrals, splendid palaces of t

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Do not miss your chance to get a first glance at the stronghold of Empire ambiance, the royal city of St. Peterburg. During our city tour you will have a look at its prominent sights and monuments, elegant ships cruising under massive brigdes of Neva

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A relatively young city, St. Petersburg was founded in 1703, and has been playing key role in the history of Russia ever since. Our sightseeing tour will acquaint you with the main architectural and historical monuments of Saint Petersburg. You will

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St. Petersburg occupies the first place in Russia and one of the leading places in the world for the number of bridges. The elegance of the draw bridges can be compared only to the beauty of the city architectural ensembles. The bridges of St. Peter

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One of the largest museums in the world, the State Hermitage occupies six magnificent buildings situated along the embankment of the Neva River. It would take 15 years to see all the exhibits treasured in the Hermitage. We suggest you to admire the g

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