St.Petersburg Academy of Science

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The building of the Academy is a monument of strict classicism.

Russian Academy of Sciences was created according to the plan of Peter I, who understood the importance of scientific thought, education and culture for the prosperity of the country. Caring about the correspondence of the Academy's activities to the world level, Peter I invited leading foreign scientists to work for the new institution. Among the first were mathematicians Nikolai and Daniil Bernoulli, Christian Goldbach, physicist Georg Bülfinger, astronomer and geographer Joseph Delil, historian G.F. Miller. In 1727, Leonard Euler became a member of the Academy.

The building of the Academy, which we see today, was erected under Catherine II, who considered herself the successor of the affairs of Peter. The site west of the Kunstkamera was transferred to the Academy of Sciences in 1783. Construction under the supervision of architect G. Quarenghi was completed by 1787. The length of the facade of the building is 100.97 meters, the center is highlighted by a powerful portico of eight ionic columns and external granite stairs. The Academy building has become a symbol of the classical style in the architecture of St. Petersburg and one of the best creations of Quarenghi.

The internal arrangement of the Academy of Sciences building was completed only by the centennial of this scientific institution, by 1824. By this time, a conference hall, rooms of the committee of the board, a physical office, apartments of academicians and employees of the academy, a newspaper expedition (a post office department that distributes newspapers) and other services were located here.

One way or another, the activity of almost all outstanding Russian scientists from the 18th to the first quarter of the 20th century was connected with Saint Petersburg Academy of Sciences. Among them are mathematicians P. L. Chebyshev, M. V. Ostrogradsky and A. N. Krylov, chemist A. M. Butlerov, physiologist I. P. Pavlov, geologist A. P. Karpinsky, natural scientist V. I. Vernadsky. The small conference hall of the Academy of Sciences building is associated with the activities of V.I. Lenin. Here, in the spring and autumn sessions of 1891, he took exams at the law faculty of St. Petersburg University.

In 1826, the development plan for the quarter behind the building on the embankment was approved. Here, by 1831, the museum wing of the Academy of Sciences was built (Birzhevoy passage, house No. 2). In 1828, the Physics Office had been transferred from the Kunstkamera to the Academy of Sciences, which was transformed into a Physics Laboratory at the beginning of the 20th century. On the basis of this laboratory, the Mathematics Office and the Seismic Commission, the Physics and Mathematics Institute was formed in 1921.

There have been some changes in the appearance of the building of the Academy of Sciences throughout its existence. In 1881, a wooden fence made on the basis of Quarenghi's drawing between the columns of the portico and on the descents of the main staircase was replaced by a metal grate.

In preparation for the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Academy of Sciences in 1925, the mosaic painting "Poltava Battle", created by Mikhail Lomonosov in 1764, was placed on the upper platform of the main staircase. In 1934, the Presidium of the USSR Academy of Sciences was transferred to Moscow, leaving the archive, library and Leningrad Scientific Center of the USSR Research Institute in the old building. In the 1930s, the N. Y. Marr Institute of Language and Thinking worked in the building on the banks of the Neva and the apartment of the mathematician and shipbuilder A.N. Krylov was located here from 1937 to 1945.

For a long time in the building housed the Administrative Department of Leningrad institutions of the USSR Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Theoretical Astronomy worked in the Museum wing in the 1950s and 1960s. A marble plaque is mounted on the basement of the building, showing the rise of the water level in the Neva during the 1924 flood.

Currently, the building of the Academy of Sciences houses the St. Petersburg Scientific Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Vasilievsky Island

Vasilievsky, one of the largest islands in St.Petersburg, was originally planned to be the centre of the city

Germans in St. Petersburg

This route will tell you more about the people, that left their homeland in order to put a great effort in building our city.

Night cruise-conсert

• live music on board

• dance hits of the 21st century

• 5 drawbridges on the way

• double-deck boat

• open and closed decks

Saint-Petersburg overnight

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.

Musical cruise

Evening water tour along the Neva and the Gulf of Finland, accompanied by live music. From the ship there is a beautiful view of the main city center and the expanses of the Gulf of Finland.

The route is carried out on the club ship Element.

2 h

Scarlet Sails Show at the Senate Marina

The Scarlet Sails festival was awarded the European Best Event Awards and is justly called one of the best city events in Europe, which cannot be missed and definitely should be seen from the best angle - from the board of the ship. The ticket price includes a drink of your choice - champagne, juice or mineral water.

2 h

Peterhof - Saint Petersburg

The fastest and most comfortable way to the famous Kingdom of Fountains is the magnificent Peterhof on the meteor - along the Neva and the Gulf of Finland. One way travel time is 40 minutes.
 

Fireworks on May 9 from the pier Vodohod, Senate Marina and Palace pier

Unforgettable festival fireworks on the Victory Day from the board of a comfortable double-deck motor ship. Departure from the Palace pier and at the Senate Marina.

City Cruise

The best solution for people travelling around the city! River and canal Hop-on Hop-off excursion with 5 stops next to the main sights and points of interest in the city. 24-hour ticket. Audio-guide in 7 languages.

Fireworks on May 9 from the pier at Kunstkamera

Unforgettable festival fireworks on the Victory Day from the board of a comfortable single-deck motor ship.Departure from Kunstkamera pier (University Embankment, 3) at 09:30 pm.

Grand Saint-Petersburg

One of the most picturesque sightseeing tours. In addition to the attractions of the ceremonial Neva you will see the palaces and parks of Krestovsky, Elagin and Kamenny Island. The itinerary is accompanied by a professional guide. Itinerary with a stop on Elagin Island.

2 h

Express «Sevcable Port-City»

Water transfer from Sevcable Port on Vasilyevsky Island to the very centre of St. Petersburg.

Fireworks on May 9 from Anichkov Bridge and Lomonosov Bridge piers

Unforgettable festival fireworks on the Victory Day from the board of a comfortable single-deck motor ship.Departure from Lomonosov Bridge and Anichkov Bridge piers.

Scarlet Sails Show from the public quay opposite «Okhtinskaya» hotel

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.

2 h

Express «City-Sevcable Port»

Water transfer from the centre of St. Petersburg to the modern creative space near the Sea Port on Vasilyevsky Island "Sevcable Port".

Overnight visit and excursion to the closed Peter and Paul Fortress and drawbridges boat tour

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
2 h

Romantic saxophone

Finished until navigation 2019. Romantic night walk on the ship accompanied by live saxophone music along the rivers and canals of the city with an exit to the Neva River to watch the show of drawbridges.

2 h

Northern Venice

• route along the rivers and canal

• Neva, Fontanka, Moika River, Winter groove

• professional guide

• classic boat trip

Baltic Cruise

Excursion and entertainment trip along the Neva and the Gulf of Finland around Vasilevsky Island accompanied by audio excursions in Russian and English languages and background music. A children's room is on board. The boat makes a stop on a pier Sevcable Port.

2 h

Magic of the night

Water excursion into the night city accompanied by an experienced guide is 1.5 hours of romance, fairy tales and adventures! A walk under the draw bridges, runs along the route: the Neva River - the BolshayaNevka River - the Neva River.

Boat tour "Parade of warships"

In the centre of festive events on the Neva! Water excursion dedicated to the Day of the Navy. The route passes around warships in the water area of the Neva, from the Annunciation Bridge to the Cruiser Aurora.

Anglotourismo Night

Night excursion in English, accompanied by a professional guide on the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg, watching the show of drawbridges.
 

Architect Quarenghi

The route will acquaint you with the creations of Giacomo Quarenghi, an architect discribed as the last of the great architects of Italy

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