Friday, June 22, 2012

Russia: Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg.

The 'Venice of the North', with its numerous canals and more than 400 bridges, is the result of a vast urban project begun in 1703 under Peter the Great. Later known as Leningrad (in the former USSR), the city is closely associated with the October Revolution. Its architectural heritage reconciles the very different Baroque and pure neoclassical styles, as can be seen in the Admiralty, the Winter Palace, the Marble Palace and the Hermitage.

Postcard 1- Peter and Paul Church
The Peter and Paul church is the first and the oldest landmark in St Petersburg, built between 1712 to 1733 on Zayachy Island along the Neva river.

Thanks to Ms Shasha. 

Postcard 2- Palace Museum
The main building of the museum is the Makhailowsky palace a splendid neoclassical residence of grand duke Micheal Pavlovich erected in 1819-25 to a design by Carlo Rossi

Thanks to Katya.

Postcard 3- The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity
The Trinity cathedral is a late example of  the empire style, built between 1828 and 1835 to a design by Vasily Stasov.

Thanks to Ms Narisa who sent these 3 lovely cards.

Postcard 4- The Alexander Lavra
This Lavra was founded by Peter I of Russia in 1710. However the massive silver sarcophagus of St Alexander Nevsky was relocated to Palace museum where it can be found today.

Thanks to Ms Narisa.

 Postcard 5- The church of the Vladimir icon of the Mother of God
Completed in 1793 it is one of the oldest churches in St Petersburg

Once again thanks to Narisa.

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