Dutchmen in Petersburg

This route gives you a chance to see Dutch trace in a culture and architecture of the city

  • museums 1 ,
  • temples and cathedrals 2 ,
  • points of interest 2 ,
  • monuments 1 ,
  • parks 1
8 km, 294 m
House of Peter I Museum

House of Peter I Museum

St. Petersburg, Petrovskay emb., 6

A wooden house of Peter I on the Petrogradskaya Side is a witness of the first days of the city

Nowadays there is an exposition of memorial belongings of Peter the Great in the museum: a uniform made of red woollen cloth; a pipe of boxwood with agate insets (a present from A. Menshikov); a cane in Oriental style covered with a sea skate skin, with a handle decorated with gilt on the japanning; a cast of Peter-s hand copied from the print made at the ironworks in Lipetsk (1707); a light boat built by Peter himself which he used it to cross the Neva river. An armchair made of pear tree wood is near the table. A legend says that it was Peter I who made it.

Peter and Paul Cathedral

Peter and Paul Cathedral

St. Petersburg, Petropavlovskaya fortress

Peter and Paul Cathedral is the oldest church in St. Petersburg

The architectural monument of Petrine Baroque style. Peter and Paul Cathedral is the oldest church in St. Petersburg. Its construction began on  July 12, 1703 on the day of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in the newly founded fortress. The construction of the Cathedral upon the project and under the guidance of architect D. Trezzini took 20 years - from 1712 to 1732. Until 2012, the Cathedral with its height of 122.5 meters was the tallest building in St. Petersburg.

From the very beginning of the construction of the temple, Peter decided to turn it into a tomb of Russian rulers. The burials in the unfinished church started in the summer of 1708. Here all Russian tsars of the Romanov dynasty, except Peter II and Ivan VI, were buried.

795 m
Summer Garden

Summer Garden

Saint Petersburg, nab. Kutuzova, 2

The Summer Garden is one of the places where one can feel the atmosphere of Peter's times

The garden with a collection of sculptures and the Summer Palace that was the first Emperor's residence constitute a single museum complex. 

The Summer Garden is a pearl in the garden necklace of Petersburg. Peter I really liked this garden. It was laid out in 1704. Time has changed the garden a lot. However, its original planning still remains. 

Peter I wanted the garden of his residence to be as beautiful as the famous gardens of European monarchs. To decorate the Summer Garden he commissioned marble busts and statues from Italy. This purchase laid the foundation of the collection of sculpture of European level.

The fence on the Neva side of the Summer Garden is an architectural masterpiece of universal fame. The impressive monumentality merges miraculously with lightness, simplicity, and grace.

1 km, 909 m
Bolshoy Gostiny Dvor

Bolshoy Gostiny Dvor

St.Petersburg, Nevsky pr., 35

Bolshoy Gostiny Dvor is a vast department store on Nevsky prospekt

This Gostiny Dvor is not only the city's oldest shopping centre, but also one of the first shopping arcades in the world. Sprawling at the intersection of Nevsky prospekt and Sadovaya street for over one kilometer and embracing the area of 53,000 m2 (570,000 sq ft), the indoor complex of more than 100 shops took twenty-eight years to construct. Building works commenced in 1757 to an elaborate design by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, but that subsequently was discarded in favour of a less expensive and more functional Neoclassical design submitted by Jean-Baptiste Vallin de la Mothe (1729–1800).

Throughout the following century, Gostiny Dvor was continuously augmented, resulting in ten indoor streets and as many as 178 shops by the 20th century. By that time, the Gostiny Dvor had lost its popularity to the more fashionable Passage and New Passage, situated on the Nevsky prospekt nearby. During the post-World War II reconstructions, its inner walls were demolished and a huge shopping mall came into being. This massive 18th-century structure got a face-lift recently and entered the 21st century as one of the most fashionable shopping centres in Eastern Europe. A nearby station of Saint Petersburg metro takes its name from Gostiny Dvor.

1 km, 523 m
Netherlands Reformed Church 

Netherlands Reformed Church 

St. Petersburg, Nevsky prospekt, 20

The Dutch church was closed in 1927, the building was nationalized

The former cathedral of the Netherlands Reformed Church built in 1834-1839 by architect Paul Jacot. It features Russian classicism style. The church was consecrated in 1834. The ceremony was attended by the Prince of Orange and his son (the future Kings of the Netherlands William II and William III). The side of the church overlooking the Nevsky Prospect is decorated with a four-column Corinthian portico. The gable of the Netherlands Reformed Church building is decorated with a high relief depicting angels holding an open Bible. The Dutch church was closed in 1927, the building was nationalized.

In 1830 master Friedrich made a church organ specially for the Dutch church. In 1891, the same congregation of the Netherlands Reformed Church commissioned a new organ in the company "E.F. Walker. " It was a German Romantic organ. When installing a new instrument, the "Walker" company used the facade of the old Frederich organ. This facade was constructed with the assistance of the architect P. Jacot. After the church was closed, the organ was moved to the concert hall of the Capella. This facade of the organ is the oldest one in Russia and is considered a monument of decorative art.

After the church was closed in 1927, its premises were granted to various organizations. Theaters, libraries, cafes, trade organizations were housed here. For many years the bookstore «House of the military book» worked in this building. Currently it houses an affiliate  of the Mayakovsky Library – the  Library Information and Cultural Center for Art and Music.

652 m
Monument "Tsar-Carpenter"

Monument "Tsar-Carpenter"

St. Petersburg, Admiralteyskaya nab., 6
1 km, 99 m
New Holland

New Holland

St. Petersburg, nab. Admiralteyskogo kanala., 2

It is a complex of storage facilities situated on the cognominal island

New Holland has a central basin which in 1765 was linked with the Moika River and the Kryukov Canal. The island's perimeter is made up of wooden storage facilities (1732-38, architect I. K. Korobov), where ship timber for the Admiralty Shipyard was dried and stored employing the so-called Dutch technique. This was also where small row boats were built. In 1765-88, an architectural monument, a complex of stone storehouses in the style of early Classicism (architects S. I. Chevansky, I. K. Gerard; facades from 1765, architect J. B. Vallin de la Mothe) was erected along New Holland's southern and eastern sides.

1 km, 729 m