Voronikhin's Petersburg

This walking tour is dedicated to works of a famous Russian architect Voronikhin

  • museums 1 ,
  • points of interest 2 ,
  • palaces 1
4 km, 464 m
Kazan Cathedral

Kazan Cathedral

St. Petersburg, Kazanskaya square, 2

Cathedral is dedicated to Our Lady of Kazan, probably the most venerated icon in Russia

Kazan Cathedral is one of the largest cathedrals in Saint-Petersburg. It was built in 1801-1811 by the architect Andrey Voronikhin by order of Emperor Paul I who wanted the cathedral to resemble St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. The cathedral is the monument to glory of Russian arms. The famous Russian Field Marshal Mikhail Kutuzov, who won the most important campaign of 1812, was buried inside the Kazan Cathedral. In 1932-1991 it housed the Museum of the History of Religion and Atheism. The sacred thing of the cathedral is a copy of an icon of Our Lady of Kazan.

Kazan Cathedral is remarkable for its plan. Half-round colonnade decorates the side façade of the cathedral, not the main one. According to church canons the altar was to face eastwards, the main entrance - westwards.

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Stroganov palace

Stroganov palace

St. Petersburg, Nevsky pr., 17

Late Baroque palace at the intersection of the Moika River and Nevsky Prospect

One of the best samples of the Russian baroque, the only residential building of the XVIII century on Nevsky Avenue, Stroganov Palace up to 1917 belonged to the most ancient family of industrialists Stroganov. Constructed in the shortest terms upon the project of one of the most demanded architects of the period, F. B. Rastrelli, it stroked contemporaries with its luxury of decor, magnificence of balls of high society and lunches. In the first half of 19 century Stroganovs started to collect large scientific and art collections.

Later the palace became a place of representation of the large collections of books, the West European and Russian painting, numismatics and minerals, and for this purpose were built Mineral and Physical studies, and also Library and Art gallery, where the count A.Stroganov, during the time he was the president of Academy of Arts were placed, gave an opportunity to students (future illustrious Russian painters) to copy works from his collection.

Today the visit to Stroganov Palace becomes a fascinating trip through the pages of its architectural history – from the baroque  Rastrelli’s Big hall to the magnificent samples of classicism in Sadovnikov and Voronikhin's interiors. After the renovation and restoration of its architectural decor Stroganov Palace is again filled with works of painting, sculpture and applied arts from the storage of the Russian Museum.

338 m
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Russian Academy of Arts

Russian Academy of Arts

St. Petersburg, Universitetskaya nab., 17

Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts is a unique art collection not only in Russia, but throughout the world

The Russian Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg, informally known as the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, was founded in 1757 by Ivan Shuvalov under the name Academy of the Three Noblest Arts. Catherine the Great renamed it the Imperial Academy of Arts and commissioned a new building, completed 25 years later in 1789 by the Neva River. The academy promoted the neoclassical style and technique, and sent its promising students to European capitals for further study. Training at the academy was virtually required for artists to make successful careers.

Formally abolished in 1918 after the Russian Revolution, the academy was renamed several times. It introduced free tuition; students from across the country competed fiercely for its few places annually. In 1947 the national institution was moved to Moscow, and much of its art collection was moved to the Hermitage. The building in Leningrad was devoted to the Ilya Repin Leningrad Institute for Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, named in honor of one of Russia's foremost realist artists. Since 1991 it has been called the St. Petersburg Institute for Painting, Sculpture and Architecture.

2 km, 440 m
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Saint Petersburg Mining Institute

Saint Petersburg Mining Institute

St. Petersburg, Vasilievsky ostrov, 21 liniya, 5

The National Mineral Resources University, formerly known as the Mining Institute

 St. Petersburg, (the Technical University), located at 2 Twenty-First Line of Vasilievsky Island is the oldest technical institution of higher education in Russia. It was established in 1773 as the Mining College and renamed the Mining Cadet Corps in 1804. It was called the Mining Institute in 1833-34. It became the Institute of the Mining Engineer Corps in 1834. It was again called the Mining Institute in 1866. The Mining Institute was named after G. V. Plekhanov in 1956, who studied at the institute from 1874 to 1876. The institute has born its current name since 1992. Academics А. А. Borisyak, A. P. German, I. M. Gubkin, A. N. Zavaritsky, A. P. Karpinsky, N. S. Kurnakov, V. A. Obruchev, M. A. Pavlov, A. A. Skochinsky, A. M. Terpigorev, E. S. Fedorov are among the graduates of the Mining Institute. In 2002, the State Mining Institute consisted of the following faculties: the Geological-Exploration Faculty, Mining Faculty, Mining-Electromechanical Faculty, Faculty of Metallurgy, Faculty of Subterranean Development, Faculty of Economics. The institute has branches in Vorkuta, Inta, Kirishi, and educational and consultancy branches in mining-industrial regions. The institute has developed business contacts with scientific and educational institutions in many countries. The State Mining Institute has the Mining Museum with a unique collection of minerals, one of the biggest museums of minerals in the world. The building of the Mining Institute is constructed in the Empire architectural style (1806-11; architect A. N. Voronikhin; sculptures near the colonnade of the gala front were executed by sculptor S. S. Pimenov; bas-reliefs on mythological subjects were executed by sculptor V. I. Demut-Malinovsky and the plafond of the Columned hall was executed by D. Scotti. The Hall of Caryatids and the Wings (1820-29) were designed by architect A. I. Postnikov.).

1 km, 503 m
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