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How to build an Imperial St. Petersburg?

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

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3 – 4 км

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What you will see on the tour

- 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»)

Red marker is the starting point of tour. During the tour you don't need to go outside of marked circle

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.
  1. Download the Surprise Me app from the App Store or Google Play
  2. The tour will start when you arrive at the starting point. You will receive a notification
  3. The app understands where you are with GPS and guides you along the route. It tells you stories about interesting places with video, audio, photos and text
  4. Explore the city! And you don't even need an internet connection for it!

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