Block of three major squares in Saint-Petersburg downtown area

Block of three major squares in Saint-Petersburg downtown area
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$80
Duration: 3 to 5 hrs
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Enjoy the beautiful ensemble of three major city squares, which are located back to back to each other, being  the only "block of squares" in the world. Learn the story of the creation of the Admiralty shipyard, which was founded at the same time when the history of St.Petersburg started, find out how Peter the Great's decision not to let anyone built around Admiralty, except those who worked there, in order to prevent a sneak attack by enemies resulted in creating vast empty space around it, which was latter turned into the ensemble of three majestic squares, tying up the whole area with different buildings, monuments, streets, squares and embankments.

You will not only see all major official buildings, such as Hermitage and Winter palace at the Palace square, Admiralty and St.Isaac cathedral at St.Isaac square, Senate and Synod building at Senate square, but also will be able to hear the stories of their construction, including their earlier previous versions. By "peeling off" different layers of each historical building you see how they were gradually constructed to play their unique part in perfect harmony of a complete ensemble. We stop at each landmark monument, such as huge 700 tons solid piece of granite Alexandr's column in the middle of Palace square, dedicated to victory over Napoleon, world famous «bronze horseman» equestrian sculpture of Peter the Great on Senate square and speak of «Peter's creation» across the river Neva, which he overlooks so proudly, from monolith pedestal, weighing 1500 tons and monument to Nicolas I sitting on a horse, standing on its two hind legs, with his wife and three daughters surrounding postament and representing different virtues. We look at bar reliefs on monuments and buildings depicting different events from lives of those who rulled Russia and speak of values and ideas, that they tried to convey, such as orthodoxy, autocracy and nationality. After we find out who built those spectacular ensembles, along with for whom it was built and under what circumstances, and only then you'd be able not only look at them, but really see them. And if that's not enough we take a boat ride along the channels to see it all from the vantage point of water level or climb up to the colonnade of the third biggest cathedral in Europe, St.Isaac's, to have a bird's eye view.

Enjoy the beautiful ensemble of three major city squares, which are located back to back to each other, being  the only "block of squares" in the world. Learn the story of the creation of the Admiralty shipyard, which was founded at the same time when the history of St.Petersburg started, find out how Peter the Great's decision not to let anyone built around Admiralty, except those who worked there, in order to prevent a sneak attack by enemies resulted in creating vast empty space around it, which was latter turned into the ensemble of three majestic squares, tying up the whole area with different buildings, monuments, streets, squares and embankments.