Golden Triangle

Maximum approach: our new comfortable and maneuverable boat «Karakatica» with a capacity up to 11 people will pass through an exclusive route along the Griboyedov Canal.

You can see the postcard views of St. Petersburg: the Bolshoi Drama Theater, Nikolsky, Trinity and Kazan Cathedrals, Derzhavin Museum, Saint Michael's Castle, including the Kazan - the lowest one.

The passage under Nevsky Prospect along the Griboyedov Canal is an exclusive opportunity from Astra Marine company, that can provide the private tour for a company of up to 11 people!

 

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Tovstonogov Bolshoy Drama Theatre

Tovstonogov Bolshoy Drama Theatre

St. Petersburg, Fontanka river embankment, 65

One of the first theatres established after the October Socialist Revolution

Theater was founded in 1919. During the first years A. Blok, M. Gorky, A. Benois and M. Dobuzhinsky, K. Petrov-Vodkin, Yu. Annenkov, V. Shchuko worked there. In early 1956 the theater was  headed by Georgy Tovstonogov.  His performances were outstanding events in theatrical life not only for Leningrad, but for all country. It was named after its director Tovstonogov in 1992.

Since 2005 the Small stage of the theatre has been located in the Kamenoostrovsky Theater - a unique monument of wooden archetictonic of the period of classicism. The wooden building of the theater was built for guest perfomances of the imperial theaters. The theater was built as a temporary structure for one season. However, having gone through numerous renovations, the building still functions.

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Trinity Cathedral (Troitsky Cathedral)

Trinity Cathedral (Troitsky Cathedral)

St. Petersburg, Izmaylovsky Prospect, 7A

The Holy Trinity Izmaylovsky Cathedral was built between 1828 and 1835

The cathedral was constructed for the Izmaylovsky regiment, invincible in numerous battles and wars that it took part in. It was also worshipped by ordinary people. The central wooden dome is decorated with 280 gilded stars with 208 more on the minor domes. In the XIX century the trophies of the regiment were stored in the cathedral. Those were the regiment colors, the flags of the ships, cannonry and the keys to the cities taken after the Battle of Borodino, the Crimean war in 1853-1856 and Russo-Turkish war in 1877-1878, the last one aimed to bring freedom to the peoples of the Balkans. In 1938 the cathedral was closed and served as a stockhouse for a long time. The reconstruction of the cathedral began in the 1990s. In 2006 a fire destryed the original dome, so the reconstruction was completed in 2008.

In 1886 a monument "The Column to the Military Glory" 30 m high was erected in front of the cathedral. The column is made of 140 trophy cannons taken in battles in Bulgaria. There were also 10 bigger cannons making a semi-circle. The column was destructed in 1929 and reerected in 2005.

Services are held daily at 10.00 at 17.00.

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Kazan Cathedral

Kazan Cathedral

St. Petersburg, Nevsky pr., 25

Being built in the Empire style, it is one of the largest temples of Saint Petersburg. It is dedicated to Our Lady of Kazan, probably the most venerated icon in Russia

The cathedral was constructed in Nevsky Prospekt from 1801 till 1811 by architect A.N. Voronikhin by order of Emperor Paul I who wanted the cathedral to resemble St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican. Before it on the place of the cathedral a church was built in 1733-1737 by the architect M.G. Zemtsov.

After the Patriotic War in 1812 it obtained military glory monument status. The famous Russian Field Marshal Mikhail Kutuzov, who won the most important campaign of 1812, was buried inside the Kazan Cathedral. It had housed the Museum of the History of Religion since 1932 till 1991 and has been a functioning temple since 1991. Since 2000 it has been the cathedral church of the Saint Petersburg Eparchy of the Russian Orthodox Church. Kazanskaya ulitsa, Kazansky Island in the delta of the Neva river and Kazansky Bridge at the intersection of Nevsky Prospekt and the Griboyedov Kanal were named after the Kazan Cathedral. 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.

On the 2nd of July the icon of Our Lady of Kazan was brought here. This relic which had previously belonged to tsaritsa Praskovia Fyodorovna was brought to Saint Petersburg as early as in 1708. Before being brought to a new church in this place in 1737 it had been kept first in the wooden chapel on Posadskaya ulitsa and then in the Trinity Cathedral on the Trinity Square. The consecration of the temple took place on the 13th of the June (according to historian P. Kann) or on the 3rd of July 1737. The second variant seems to be more logical if we consider the date of bringing the icon of Our Lady of Kazan here. There was Anna Ioannovna present at the ceremony of the consecration. In the vernacular this church was called Kananskaya, after the icon the had been kept here. During Elizabeth Petrovna’s reign the church obtained cathedral status and official name “Kazansky Temple”. In the second half of XVIII – the early XIX centuries it was the principal cathedral of Saint Petersburg. In 1739 princess Anna Leopoldovna and prince Anton Urlich and in 1745 the future Emperor and Empress Peter III and Catherine II got married here. In 1762 after the coup d'état Catherine took the guard oath. Kazanskaya church was also the place of the future Emperor Paul I and princess of Hesse-Kassel wedding in 1773.

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Church of the Resurrection (Savior on the Spilled Blood)

Church of the Resurrection (Savior on the Spilled Blood)

St. Petersburg, nab. kanala Griboedova, 2, lit. B


One of the most beautiful, festive and colourful cathedrals in the Russian Revival style
 

The cathedral was being built from 1883 to 1907 on the place, where a tragic event had happened. On 1st of March 1881, Emperor Alexander II, who had been going to the parade of troops on the Field of Mars, was mortally wounded here. His son, Alexander III, ordered to build a church on this spotto hold regular services for the assassinated father. That is why the name of the Savior on the Spilled Blood was assigned to the cathedral, although it is officially called the Church of the Resurrection.

Not only Russians, but also residents of other Slavic countries donated money for the construction of the church. On the walls of the bell tower, there are more than a hundred mosaic coats of arms of cities and towns, provinces and counties that participated in fundraising. Here is also the coat of arms of the House of Romanov.

The bell tower cross is crowned with a gilded royal crown - a sign that the greatest contribution was made by the members of the imperial family. A total of 4.6 million rubles were spent on the construction.

The cathedral differs from other buildings in St. Petersburg by its architecture. There is more than 7,500 square meters of mosaic inside, which, according to the restorers who worked on it, is more than in any other cathedral in the world. Its walls and ceilings are entirely and elaborately covered with mosaics, mostly depicting biblical events and personalities, imageshave very fine patterned borders that clearly separate them from each other. This mosaic interior was created by artists V. Vasnetsov, M. Nesterov and A. Ryabushkin

For the decoration of the church domes, copper details covered with colored, durable and frost-resistant enamel (an area of 1000 square meters) were used. The height of the highest dome is 81 m. Along the entire perimeter of the building, there are 20 granite boards on which the deeds of Alexander II are described in gilded letters. From the side of the Mikhailovsky Garden, the church is surrounded by a lacy cast-iron fence with a floral pattern, made according to A. Parland's design.

After the revolution, the cathedral of the Savior on the Spilled Blood was closed and was not renovated for a long time. There even were rumors that it was decided to demolish it. But in 1970, it became a part of the State Memorial Museum «St. Isaac's Cathedral», which allocated 80% of its funds for restoration. In 1997, the Savior on the Spilled Blood opened its doors to visitors as a museum that contains a huge collection of mosaic icons (over 7 thousand square meters).

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Saint Michael's (Engineer's) Castle

Saint Michael's (Engineer's) Castle

St. Petersburg, ul. Sadovaya, 2

The largest architectural monument, completing the history of St. Petersburg architecture of the XVIII century

Mikhailovsky Castle is the only palace constructed in Russia in the style of romantic classicism. It is a unique building with which many stories and legends are connected, often of a mystical character. It combines the features of a medieval knight's castle and a secular European palace of the XVIII century.

The palace was designed by the architect V. I. Bazhenov on behalf of Emperor Paul I, who wanted to make it his main front residence. The construction was led by architect V. Brenna. He revised the original design of the palace and created the artistic decoration of its interiors.

In addition to Bazhenov and Brenn, the emperor himself took part in the creation of the project, having composed several drawings for him. Brenn's assistants were also included Fedor Svinin and Karl Rossi. 

Built in the shortest possible time, the castle became the place of the mysterious death of its owner.

At the beginning of the XIX century. the castle “a deserted monument of a tyrant, an abandoned palace forgotten” took military and cultural figures into its walls, and later the Engineering School was located here, and the luxurious interiors of the former imperial residence were rebuilt and adapted to its needs. For many years, the castle was named Inzhenerny. In Soviet times, various military organizations were located here.

Now in the restored halls of the castle there is a permanent interactive exposition "The Romanov Saga" and open sculpture funds of the late XIX - early XXI centuries. The authentic marble sculpture of the Summer Garden is also stored here, as well as temporary exhibitions.

 

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