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How to build an Imperial St. Petersburg?

If you love relaxed walks along scenic routes and fascinating stories about people, then this tour is for you. We invite you to see how the architect’s professional and personal life changed, and how at the same time the imperial image of St. Petersburg took shape.

What's tour about

If you love relaxed walks along scenic routes and fascinating stories about people who lived long ago, but still resemble us very much, then this tour is for you.

When you come to the Northern Capital you will surely hear many tour promoters inviting you to see the Imperial St. Petersburg. Carlo Rossi was one of the main architects responsible for creating this stately and marketable image.

Believe me, you would not recognize St. Petersburg if you took out everything Rossi built or designed. Of course, wonderful palaces and cathedrals would remain, but the elegance and harmony would disappear.
The genius Carlo Rossi was at the right place and at the right time. The capital of the Russian Empire needed a new majestic image after the end of the Napoleonic Wars, where the Russian Empire was victorious. No expenses were spared for creating this image.
We invite you to see how the architect’s professional and personal life changed, and how at the same time the imperial image of St. Petersburg took shape.

We will start at Zodchego Rossi Street considered to be the benchmark for harmony in architecture, visit the garden of the Anichkov Palace, we will try to imagine the grandeur of St. Michael’s Castle during Pavel I’s times, stroll around the Mikhailovsky Garden and talk about the Romanov’s fondness of the beauty of military parades.

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Lomonosov square (metro station «Gostiny Dvor»)

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2 hours

walking pace

3 – 4 км

Approximate tour distance

English

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Itinerary

- Zodchego Rossi Street
- The Alexandrinsky Theater
- Anichkov Palace and garden
- Ostrovsky Square
- Manezhnaya Square
- Michael's Castle
- Monument to Peter the Great
- Mikhailovsky Palace and garden
- Arts Square

Start at Lomonosov square (metro station «Gostiny Dvor»)

The red marker is the starting point of the tour. You will stay within the circle marked on the map throughout the length of the tour.

Author of the tour

Наталия К. I am the creator of St. Petersburg Cloud Guide. On my tours and in my articles I do not list dates, names and architectural styles, but tell about people, motives, events and phenomena.

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Interactive tours are filled with stories from local residents, audio guides, video clips, riddles and augmented reality – you will have a great time!

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Turn your journey into an adventure through secret courtyards and breathtaking views. You can explore the city on your own and take breaks any time.

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How self-guided tours work?
The app will be your personal guide. With help of GPS the app will guide you along the route, show authentic places and tell stories about it. In some tours you will find simple quizes to get learn about the city like in game.
What is different from a guided tour or guidebook?
Unlike a guided tour, you do not depend on anyone. You can pause or go from the route and stop for an aperol at the bar. This is not just a list of places with descriptions, but a well-prepared route with interactive content that make you to interact with the city.
Do I need the internet?
No, the tour is downloaded to the app and works offline. It stays with you even after you finish it, so you can share your impressions with friends.
When can I start a tour?
The tour can be started at any time after purchase, it remains with you forever
Why is it cheaper than a regular tour?
You pay for the whole tour, not the person. Travel alone or with up to 5 people using up to two phones.

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How to build an Imperial St. Petersburg?
If you love relaxed walks along scenic routes and fascinating stories about people, then this tour is for you. We invite you to see how the architect’s professional and personal life changed, and how at the same time the imperial image of St. Petersburg took shape.

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