Historical building in the Empire style
Originally built to house the two main governance bodies of the Russian Empire - Directing Senate and the Holy Synod. It was built in 1829-1834 under the project of Carlo Rossi and A.E. Shtaubert.
Senate and Synod are two separate buildings, united by a triumphal arch. Arch symbolized the unity of church and state, it is decorated with the sculptural group "Justice and Godliness." Bas-reliefs and high reliefs around the triumphal arch show the history of Russian legislation: bas-relief "Civil Law", busts of Peter I and Catherine II, bas-relief "The Law of the Lord", bas-relief "Natural Law."
The Russian State Historical Archive is located in these buildings from 1925 till 2006. The Russian Constitutional Court is housed in the former Senate building since May 2008, and the Presidential Library named by B.N. Yeltsin is placed in Synod building since 2009, in which the Patriarch private quarters and the head of state apartments are located.
The Senate Square which is situated in front of the building of Senate and Synod changed its name for three times. The first name of the square was Senate Square but when The Bronze Horseman monument was established in the middle of the square in 1782 it was renamed and became Peter’s Square. In 1925 it was renamed Decembrists Square to commemorate the Decembrist Revolt, which took place there in 1825. The first name Senate Square was given back to the square in 2008.
For visiting The Presidential Library named by B. N. Yeltsin it is necessary to sign up at its official website.
Night walk along the rivers and canals of the city along the route Fontanka - the river Neva - r. Fontanka. During the walk, passengers will be able to see the layout of the two bridges and enjoy unforgettable views of the night Petersburg. The route is accompanied by an audio tour.
• the most effective way to get to the autumn Fountain Festival in the Peterhof
• just 40 minutes in transit
• the fastest way to go to the park from the Lower Park site, where you are not expecting those huge lines waiting for those who come in from the Upper Park
Viewing the Scarlet Sails Show from the side of a comfortable double-deck boat from the Liteiny Bridge. Departure and arrival will take place from the public quay opposite “Ohtinskaya” hotel (Sinopskaya embankment, 28) at 11 pm. There is a bar on board, music program on-board.
- unique tour
- night walking tour of the Peter and Paul Fortress
- boat trip from the Neva Gate of the fortress under drawbridges
- you will see the breeding of 2 bridges
- professional guide
- Address: St. Petersburg, Galernaya Street