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Fabergé Museum

Fabergé Museum

Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg was founded to preserve, study, and promote Russia's cultural heritage as well as to develop the city's extensive network of museums. The museum's collection contains the world's largest collection of works by Carl Fabergé, including nine of the famous Imperial Easter Eggs, regarded not only as the finest jeweled works of art, but also as unique historical artifacts. The museum's collection also includes decorative and applied works made by the Russian masters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The museum is located in the Shuvalov Palace on the Fontanka River - one of the most beautiful palaces in St. Petersburg.
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Chizhik-Pyzhik

Chizhik-Pyzhik

It's one of the smallest statues in Saint Petersburg. It was installed in 1994 on the Fontanka River near the 1st Engineering Bridge, where in 1835, on the initiative of Prince Peter of Oldenburg was founded the Imperial School of Jurisprudence. Students of the school wore uniforms of yellow-green color, which resembled a plumage of chizh (a siskin). So people started calling them by the nickname Chizhik-Pyzhik. According to the belief your desire will come true if you make a wish and throw a coin in statue.
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Monument to Nikolay I

Monument to Nikolay I

The monument is located on St Isaac's Square. The Neo-Baroque monument to the Russian Emperor Nicholas I was designed by architect Auguste de Montferrand in 1856. The pedestal is decorated with allegorical female figures of Wisdom, Force, Faith and Justice, in whose faces one can notice the likeness with the wife and daughters of the Empereros. High reliefs on the pedestal represent the most important events of the time of Nikolas I's ruling: the Decembrist uprising (1825), suppression of cholera revolt on Sennaya Square (1831), Speransky's rewarding concerning the creation of the first code of laws (1832) and Verebyinsky Bridge opening on the railroad from St. Petersburg to Moscow (1851).
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Monument to Catherine II

Monument to Catherine II

The artist M.O. Mikeshin started work on the plans in 1860. The designs were accepted in 1872, at which point the erection of the pedestal, made of 600 Serdobolsk granite blocks, had already began. Special ships were built to from the stones, which weighed up to 50 tons, from the Valaam Archipelago Island. Surrounding the pediment are nine sculptural portraits of nobles from Catherine the Great's time (sculptor A.M. Opekushin); these are organised into groups of generals (P.A. Rumyantsev, G.A. Potemkin, A.V. Suvorov), officials (A.A. Bezborodko, I.I. Betskoy), naval commanders (V.Y. Chichagov, A.G. Orlov) and cultural figures (G.R. Derzhavin, E.R. Dashkova).
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Alexander Column

Alexander Column

The Alexander Column is the focal point of Palace Square in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The monument was erected after the Russian victory in the war with Napoleon's France. The column is named for Emperor Alexander I of Russia, who reigned from 1801 till 1825. The Alexander Column was designed by the French-born architect Auguste de Montferrand, built between 1830 and 1834 with Swiss-born architect Antonio Adamini, and unveiled on 30 August 1834. The pedestal of the Alexander Column is decorated with symbols of military glory, sculpted by Giovanni Battista Scotti.
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The Rostral Columns

The Rostral Columns

The first two rostrum columns, Chesmenskaya and Moreiskaya, were built in the 1770s at Tsarskoe Selo (near Pushkin) in memory of the victories of the Russian fleet. In St. Petersburg there are two rostral columns erected from granite and pudost stone in 1805-10 (architect Jean-Francois Thomas de Thomon) on the spit of Vasilyevsky Island. From the very start they served as beacons for the trading port. Inside the rostral columns are spiral staircases, leading to the squares are chalice shaped lamps on tripods (since 1957 the gas beacons of the columns have been lit for celebrations). At the pedestal of the columns are sculptures (the craftsman S. Sukhanov, the sculptors J. Camberlain and J. Thibaud), they are traditionally considered allegories for the Volga and Dnepr rivers (the northern column), the Neva and Volkhov (the southern column). In 1999-2000, they were restored.
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Grand Choral Synagogue

Grand Choral Synagogue

The Grand Choral Synagogue is an architectural monument of federal significance; it is designed in the eastern, Moresque style. The building project was developed by the architects L. Bachmann and I. Shaposhnikov, also involving V. Stasov and N. Benois. The construction was completed in 1893. The St. Petersburg Synagogue is the second largest in Europe and the largest in Russia. The complex of the Grand Choral Synagogue includes The Great Synagogue, The Small Synagogue, mikvah and The Synagogue of the Georgian Jews. The unique acoustics of the Great Choral Synagogue is known worldwide. You can conduct an experiment: try standing facing the wall at one end of the hall, then ask your friends to stay at the opposite side and whisper something quietly. Despite the impressive distance (10 meters), you will hear all the words perfectly. What is surprising - the voice is magnified in the center of the hall.
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Lions Bridge

Lions Bridge

Lions Bridge is considered one of the most famous bridges in St. Petersburg. Suspended pedestrian bridge decorated with sculptures of lions, attracts many tourists. The bridge was built over the Griboyedov Canal near Podiacheskaia Street. The bridge was designed by prominent engineers V. Tretter and V.Christianovitz who participated in the creation of another famous pedestrian Bank bridge. If standing between two lions you will reach them with your fingertips, your wish will come true.
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Military Medical Museum

Military Medical Museum

If you are searching for an unusual spot in St. Petersburg, then the Military Medical Museum will definitely impress you with its unique collection revealing history of national and world medicine from ancient times to the present day. Specialists have nicknamed the museum as the Medical Hermitage. The permanent exhibition, originating from the times of Peter I, features memorabilia of great medical scientists: Vladimir Bekhterev, Sergey Botkin, Yakov Villie, Vladimir Oppel, Ivan Pavlov, Nikolay Pirogov, Ivan Sechenov, Genrikh Turner and many others who have made a significant contribution to world science and medicine. The museum is located in the city center so make sure to visit it and discover Petersburg from the medical angle!
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Russian Railway Museum

Russian Railway Museum

The museum complex is spread over a vast area. It has two buildings — an old locomotive depot building and an eye-catching modern building. The buildings are connected with a suspension bridge to make a single structure. Museum tours include visiting a collection of rare and legendary steam trains, locomotives, electric locomotives, railcars and other rolling stock. Historical artifacts rub shoulders with current operating models, interactive installations and temporary exhibition halls, building an unusual and engaging museum space.
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Planetarium 1

Planetarium 1

Planetarium 1 has the biggest projection dome in the world — 37 meters in diameter. It is a new cultural object in the "Northern Capital" of Russia, which is the center of concentration of tourists from all over the world. The total area (4000 m2) includes the star hall, the museum of space exibits, VR interactive rooms, educational area and prototyping laboratory. The equipment of the main hall contains 40 powerfull beamers connected into one system, 50kW of surround sound and interactive tables with multi-touch controlers, which give the oportunity to control the dome with starry sky.
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Loft Project ETAGI

Loft Project ETAGI

Loft Project ETAGI is not only a cultural center, but a pioneer in loft design and one of the largest exhibition spaces in Saint Petersburg. Since 2007, the center occupies the building of a former bakery at Ligovsky, 74. The center currently consists of two modern art galleries, several exhibition areas, the Green Room café, LOCATION Hostel with 3 Design rooms and a rooftop area with a stunning view of the city, all occupying an area of 3000 square meters. Contemporary expositions in Loft Project ETAGI make up a part of the diverse program, which also consists of lectures and discussions on art and design, film screenings, theatrical performances, as well as classes on curating and various workshops for children.
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Russian Levsha, museum of microminiature art

Russian Levsha, museum of microminiature art

In 2006 the first museum of microminiature art in Russia "Russian Levsha" was founded by the International Craft Guild of Masters in Saint Petersburg. Levsha is a hero of a Russian folktale. The story about a peasant named Levsha who was able to shoe a dancing flea nowdays is the part of Russian culture and gifted artisans proudly call themselves "Levsha's". Museum of the Guild in Saint Petersburg shows the finest examples of modern miniature craftsmanship. All exhibits of the unique collection are smaller than 1 mm. Microminiature is a rare and fascinating art. It's hardly possible to number more than ten artists who have devoted themselves to this captivating work that requires genuine skill, accuracy and great patience.The author Vladimir Aniskin (Novosibirsk) uses different trades of art and craft, such as blacksmithing, foundry, manufacturing glass, handling birch bark, jeweler's art. It is possible to see the classic of microminiature: the shoed flea, the camels in an eye of a needle, the text of 2 typing pages on a poppy seed, the rose, painted on a cut of horsehair etc. Visitors can look at the details of the exhibits through the glass of magnifier or microscope. Today the exposition of miniatures is supplemented by new amazing works of modern "Levsha's" – Russian smiths. Russian Levsha is the museum that shows the roots of Russian art and tells a story about artisans, capable to amaze the world.
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Museum Complex 'The Universe of Water'

Museum Complex 'The Universe of Water'

The exhibitions of Museum Complex 'The Universe of Water' are placed in the Water Tower and the building of the former reservoir of the Main Water Works. The museum complex is very easy to find: It is situated opposite Tavrichesky Palace. Besides, the Water Tower that has become the symbol of Vodokanal in Saint-Petersburg can be seen from the distance. Museum complex specialists have developed more than ten interactive programs, intended for children of different ages – from preschool children to teenagers. Family thematic interactive programs are regularly held, as well as programs dedicated to different holidays and events.
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The Petrodvorets Watch Factory «Raketa»

The Petrodvorets Watch Factory «Raketa»

The Petrodvorets Watch Factory «Raketa», Russia’s oldest factory, was founded by Peter the Great in 1721. The Factory is producing watches under the brand “Pobeda” (Victory) since the End of World War II. In 1961 the brand “Raketa” was launched in honor of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. The reorganization of the factory started in 2009 with the help of Russian and Swiss engineers. Today the Petrodvorets Watch Factory is still located in its historical building. In 2012 an ex-Rolex production director, Jean-Claude Quenet joined the team. In 2014 Raketa launched its new movement “Raketa Avtomat”, one of the most reliable movements in the world.
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The Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden is one of the oldest Botanical Gardens in the country. The Garden was founded in 1714 by Peter the Great. It was meant to be a center for gardening research focused mainly on growing medicinal herbs. Today, thte Garden displays plants from Russia as well as a large collection of tropical and sub-tropical plants that are kept in the greenhouses. Guests can find here fern, Chinese and Japanese plants, palms, bamboo, conifers, orchids, giant water-lilies, and other plants.
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Pushkinskaya-10 Art Center

Pushkinskaya-10 Art Center

Pushkinskaya-10 art centre is a unique commune of free artists that exist for over a quarter of a century. The visitors of the art center can discover contemporary art as well as buy paintings, graphics, books, catalogues, music and also get informed about the history of St. Petersburg underground. The Studio of visual arts gives drawing classes. The art center carries out exhibition, concert and educational activities, presenting a wide range of contemporary art. Many galleries, concert venues, clubs as well as 40 studios of artists and musicians are located here. The art center provides artists and musicians from other cities a possibility to participate in art exhibitions and concerts, organizes cultural exchange projects with international partners.
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Cat Republic Museum

Cat Republic Museum

You dream of a pet but cannot have it? Or, on the contrary, you own a personal pride of cats? Are you’re a real CAT person? Are you interested in any events connected with pets and are eager to join the friendly society of cat fanciers? Would you like to know more about proper animal management and keep up with new trends and technologies for pets? If you can say yes to any of the questions, you are extremely welcome! Cat Republic is ready to open its borders for You! “Cat Republic” is a division of Cat Museum, representing it in the center of Saint-Petersburg (the “headquarters” are situated in the Vsevolojsk town next to Saint-Petersburg). “Cat Republic” has its own exhibition different from the collection of Cat Museum. It is an outstanding place, which combines exhibition hall, art café, library and a room full of cats (so full – there’s no place to swing them!). Moreover, it is a good alternative for a cat shelter helping cats find the right Human. You can adopt one of the residents of Cat Republic or contribute to the improvement of life of homeless animals.
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Piskaryovsky Memorial

Piskaryovsky Memorial

Piskaryovsky Memorial Cemetery is world famous, national monument of the history of the World War II, museum of the feat of Leningrad, school for teaching patriotism and love towards motherland.There are 186 common graves in the Piskaryovskoye cemetery, in which 420 thousands of inhabitants of the city, who died from hunger, bombing and shelling 70 thousands of soldiers, defenders of Leningrad are buried. May 9, 1960 on the fifteenth anniversary of the Victory Day, Piskaryovskoye memorial cemetery was solemnly open.
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The National Congress Palace

The National Congress Palace

State complex “The National Congress Palace” is located on the picturesque coast of the Gulf of Finland, far from the city vanity, in the green space of St. Petersburg. “The National Congress Palace” combines the functions of the state residence, historical and cultural reserve and the business centre. It is opened for carrying out various actions: scientific and political forums, corporate meetings, exhibitions and presentations. Konstantin palace is the Dominating structure of the complex. It is the former residence of grand dukes of the House of Romanovs and the revived monument of the Russian architecture of the XVIII-th century. Today within the palace expositions Russian painting, decorative and applied arts of XVIII-XX centuries including the world-famous collection of M. Rostropovich and G. Vishnevskaya are widely presented. At the grottos of Konstantin Palace wine cellars with one of the greatest collection of elite wines in the world are placed. The palace is surrounded by the park, extending to the coast of the Gulf of Finland.
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Five corners

Five corners

Five Corners is an intersection of Zagorodny Avenue, Razyezzhaya street, Lomonosov street and Rubinstein street. It is one of the country's most famous intersections. Who did not mention it in verses, songs and prose - from Dostoevsky to Vysotsky. It is generally recognized that the Five Corners possess a powerful energy and the intersection of famous streets has attracted attention of many people. To feel the atmosphere of the Five corners, to feel detached from time and lost in different eras visit this crossroads yourself.
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Creative cluster "ArtMuza"

Creative cluster "ArtMuza"

ARTMUZA is a museum of contemporary art and the largest creative cluster in St. Petersburg. In 2013 the premises of the former factory of musical instruments "Muzdetal" turned into an association of creative people who deal with painting, sculpture, design and interior. They have transformed the industrial building into a cultural place for creativity and recreation of residents and guests of the Northern Capital. The cluster has two buildings, four floors, ten galleries and many residences: a theater, artists' studios, dance, music, art and design studios and schools. Expositions get changed every month. Here you will enjoy free poetry readings, concerts, master classes, meetings with famous people, open talk, watching movies and other events.
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Museum of Soviet Life Style

Museum of Soviet Life Style

A unique place where every visitor can take a trip into the forgotten Soviet past. The museum’s main goal is to evoke a feeling of pleasant nostalgia and positive emotions among its visitors as they look through items of a bygone era. Exhibits are not chosen based on any particular special value (although some are quite valuable and even rare); the most important thing here is the history and emotions that each item brings to visitors who may or may not have experienced the heyday of the not-so-distant-past era.
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The Museum of St. Petersburg Art (20th–21st centuries)

The Museum of St. Petersburg Art (20th–21st centuries)

The Museum of St. Petersburg Art (20th–21st centuries) is a depository of a unique collection representing productions of the artists of Russia’s Cultural Capital. The museum was established formally in January 2016 as a branch of the Manège Central Exhibition Hall, but de facto its origin is simultaneous with that of its collection. It began to be formed in 1990, at the decision of the Session of the Main Department for Culture of the Executive Committee of Leningrad Council of Deputies, with the prospect to become, later on, the core of the Museum of Modern Art to be created in the city. In view of this, the Department of Modern Art was organized at the Manège; its responsibilities included acquiring, cataloguing and exhibiting works of art. At present, the collection has ca. 3,000 items, covering the entire Petrograd-Leningrad-St. Petersburg period in the history of arts. It includes works of different styles and trends, created in the city in the course of two centuries, viz. the Avant-Garde of the 1920s, post-WW-II Socialist Realism, the ‘left wing’ of the Artists’ Union and the Underground of the 1960s–70s, and up to the post-Perestoika period and nowadays.
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Creative cluster "Golitsyn Hall"

Creative cluster "Golitsyn Hall"

Golitsyn Hall is the first creative cluster, which unites 5 buildings, one of which is an ancient mansion of the XVIII century in front of the St. Michael's Castle, where the brothers Turgenev lived, Alexander Pushkin's friends. According to legend, the great poet wrote here his famous ode "Liberty". It is also known that meetings of the literary society "Arzamas" took place in the mansion. Now the cluster is in charge of more than a hundred projects, which are basically creative and innovative. They include a free space "Tsiferburg", an incredible number of showrooms, tattoo and design studios, bars, restaurants, creative workshops and much more.
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Untruth Museum

Untruth Museum

There is an official science, an official view of the history and events that have happened with humanity since its inception. But there are also different views that absolutely contradict the usual ones... A lot of hypotheses and evidences that represents an alternative view of historical events, phenomena and characters have been collected. The mission of the "Untruth museum" is to tell about those alternative views through the exhibits and also to answer on many other questions: Are the movements in time possible? Who are the Annunaki and what connects them with Antarctica and the disappearance of squadron nr. 19 in the Bermuda Triangle? Who built the ancient pyramids and why? Where does the Sasquatch live and how to see it? What does the "Storm" project means and what kind of secret experiments were conducted during the war by Soviet scientists?
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World War I Museum (The Martial Chamber)

World War I Museum (The Martial Chamber)

February 1917 saw the opening of the Great 1914-18 War Museum at the Martial Chamber, which unfortunately lasted not longer than until 1919. During the revolution years in Russia its exhibits were relocated or destroyed. The Martial Chamber was transferred under the control of the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum-Preserve in 2008. The restored World War I Museum is open there from 5 August 2014 for WWI Centenary, as a permanent display named Russia in the Great War.
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Central Naval Museum

Central Naval Museum

The Central Naval Museum is one of the oldest museums in Russia and one of the largest maritime museums in the world. The museum originates from the St. Petersburg Model Chamber - shipbuilding storage models and drawings. The museum has one of the world's richest collections of model ships (about 2,000 units). In the model collection clearly reflects the history of the Russian and foreign military shipbuilding. In 2012, the Museum of the Baltic Fleet (Baltiysk) and the Ship of military glory "Mikhail Kutuzov" (Novorossiysk) became branches of the Central Naval Museum. In 2013, the collection was moved to the new building - renovated complex “Kryukov (Marine) barracks”.
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