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The square was renamed in honor of the famous St. Petersburg architect in 1923

Initially, the square was called Smolnaya, and later – the Smolny Convent square, after the Smolny Resurrection Convent located nearby. In 1864, the square was renamed as Mariinskaya, in honor of Empress Maria Feodorovna, who took a number of educational, medical, and charitable institutions under her patronage after the death of Emperor Paul I. She was in charge of both the Smolny Resurrection Cathedral and the Smolny Institute for Noble Maidens located close by.

Since 1884, the official name of the square was Yekaterininskaya (Catherine’s square). On October 6, 1923, this place was named the Square of Architect Rastrelli in honor of the famous architect F.B. Rastrelli. The modern name - Rastrelli Square - appeared in 1929, after the word "architect" was removed from the nam

Architect Rastrelli

This route gives you an opportunity to know more not only about  the works of the greatest architect but also about his personal life, to get acquainted with the concept of "Rastrelli baroque".

  • Address: St. Petersburg, ploshad Rastrelli
  • Working time: Round table
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