Petersburg - maritime glory

On this route you can visit places that will tell stories about Russian Navy

  • points of interest 3 ,
  • museums 3 ,
  • streets 4
11 km, 546 m
Nakhimov Naval School

Nakhimov Naval School

St. Petersburg, Petrogradskaya nab., 2

Nakhimov School offer a military education for teenagers

The school is named after Imperial Russian admiral Pavel Nakhimov.

It was created upon the Decree of the Council of the People's Commissars of the USSR of 21 July 1944.

Besides general education, the program specialised in navy and combined arms study, as well as intense physical training. Many of the school's graduates continued studying at higher navy educational institutions. 

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.

547 m
Petrovskaya embankment

Petrovskaya embankment

St. Petersburg, Petrovskaya naberezhnaya

The first embankment in St.Petersburg

It appeared in what was then the city centre in the 1700s as the first embankment of St. Petersburg. Peter the Great"s house (today, the Cabin of Peter the Great Museum) was built in 1703. Houses of his associates such as Y. V. Bruce and M. P. Gagarin were situated nearby. P. P. Shafirov"s house (not preserved) accommodated the Petersburg Academy of Arts in 1724-27. The embankment was built up with storehouses from the 1730s.

195 m
St.Petersburg Academy of Science

St.Petersburg Academy of Science

St. Petersburg, Universitetskaya nab., 5

If you stand near St.Petersburg Academy of Science and look at the other bank of Neva river, you will be able to see the Admiralty.

It is one of the most important sight of St. Petersurg. Firstly having been constructed as a shipyard, at present the Admiralty building is the Headquarters of the Russian Navy.Three central streets of St. Petersburg split off from the Admiralty Spire as three rays.: Nevsky Avenue, Gorokhovaya Street and Voznesensky Avenue. On the top of the 72,5 meter spire one can see the symbol of St. Petersburg - a gilded weather vane in the form of a ship.

According to the legend, the silhouette of the weather vane repeats a contour of the first ship which came into the port of St. Petersburg soon after the foundation of the city.

Find the Admiralty spire from Gorokhovaya Street, Voznesensky and Nesky Avenue. Just because of this interesting possibility - one can see the spire from these 3 streets -  in the 19th century the Admiralty was jestingly called  a "Pole Star" or "Nevsky trident".

2 km, 798 m
Lieutenant Smidt embankment

Lieutenant Smidt embankment

St. Petersburg, nab. Leitenanta Smidta

The embankment is named after one of the leaders of Sevastopol rebellion

The first buildings appeared here in the 18th century. Until 1918 it was called Nicolas I Embankment. 

The two main points of the embankment panorama are the Church of the Assumption and the building of the National Mineral Resources University.

1 km, 725 m
The Icebreaker "Krasin" Museum

The Icebreaker "Krasin" Museum

St. Petersburg, Leitenanta Shmidta embankment, 23 line V.O.

Built in Great Britain in 1917, the icebreaker Krasin has had an eventful, but difficult career.

The Icebreaker "Krasin" is the only  museum-icebreaker in Russia. It was built in 1916-1917 after the drawings of Vice Admiral S.O.Makarov in Great Britain. Originally the icebreaker was named by ancient epic hero "Svjatogor".  

In 1927 after the death of the Soviet diplomat the icebreaker was renamed  "Krasin". The icebreaker "Krasin" participated in the rescue of the  Umberto Nobile expedition to the North Pole in 1928. During World War II 1941-1945 Krasin participated in many Russian convoys. Later it served as a floating power plant on the island of Spitsbergen. In 1990 "Krasin" made a last voyage to European ports. In 1992 it was included in the list of historical monuments of national importance and was moored on Lieutenant Schmidt  Embankment. The first exhibition was opened in 1995. In 2004 the icebreaker "Krasin" became a branch of the Museum of the World Ocean.

The Icebreaker "Krasin" is an active ship, and the equipment you see here can operate normally.

29 m
Bolshoy Prospekt of Vasilievsky Island

Bolshoy Prospekt of Vasilievsky Island

St. Petersburg, Vasilievsky Ostrov, Bolshoi prospekt

Main avenue of Vasilievsky Island has appeared in 18th century, in times when there was nothing but thick forest

The avenue runs from the First Line of Vasilievsky Island to Morskoy Slavy Square. It was laid in the 1710s. Canals that were provided for in Vasilievsky Island development projects were not built. Gardens that appeared instead were officially allowed in 1809.

1 km, 622 m
Nalichnaya Street

Nalichnaya Street

St. Petersburg, Nalichnaya ul.

The name of the street can be translated from Russian as "with face towards the sea"

1 km, 768 m
 Narodovolets Submarine Museum

Narodovolets Submarine Museum

St. Petersburg, Shkiperskiy Protok, 10

The exposition is dedicated to the history of submarine D-2 and activities of Soviet submariners during the II World War

981 m
Galley Harbour

Galley Harbour

St. Petersburg, Galerny pr., 92

An engineering monument from the early 18th century

A rectangular pool located in the western part of Vasilievsky Island in the 18th - early 19th centuries served as a base for naval rowing vessels (galleys, hence the name). It was dug in 1721-22 (the construction was managed by the architect Domenico Trezzini) to connect with the Gulf of Finland with a canal. The entrance to this canal is marked with two kronspits. An earthwork reinforced with poling and covered with stone was constructed to protect the Galley Harbour from floods.

Shipways for vessels repair and winter shelters were built on flat slopes of the Harbour. Rectangular docks with ship draining facilities have been preserved. The Galley Village was laid to the east of the Galley Harbour, and the Galley Shipyard (demolished in the beginning of the 19th century) and the Rowing (Galley) Port surviving in the present-day Galley fairway were constructed in 1740s.

In the second half of the 18th century, the Galley Harbour was reconstructed and its walls were covered with stone under the guidance of architect Savva Chevakinsky. From the second part of the 19th century, the Galley Harbour was used for testing new fleet facilities. Boat-planes were tested here in the early 20th century. The Galley Harbour gave its name to Galley Passage and Harbour area.

889 m