The main and most popular street in Saint Petersburg — Nevsky Avenue (Nevsky Prospekt) — runs through the very heart of the city and is lined with breathtaking historical monuments. Naturally, there is a lot to see here.
Some of the most prominent landmarks include:
The Admiralty Building.
The yellow structure with its sparkling spire crowned with a gilded sailing-ship is one of the most recognizable symbols of Saint Petersburg. Located at the very beginning of Nevsky Avenue, it can serve as a guiding light for tourists — once you see it, you are in Nevsky or somewhere near. The former headquarters of the Russian Navy now houses military offices.
The Singer House (Nevsky Ave, 28).
Situated at the crossroads of Nevsky Avenue and the Gridoedov Canal, the lavishly decorated building with a huge globe on its top used to belong to Singer company that produced sewing machines in the early 20th century. Nowadays it houses Dom Knigi — the largest and most central bookstore in Saint Petersburg.
The Kazan Cathedral (Nevsky Ave, 25).
The massive magnificent orthodox cathedral with a malachite-green dome boasts a grandiose colonnade of 96 columns that form a semi-circle. The building is situated right opposite the Singer House, on the odd side of Nevsky.
The Gostiny Dvor (Nevsky Ave, 35).
The vast mall is the city’s first shopping center. Built in the late 18th century, it is now a UNESCO heritage site. Apart from admiring Gostiny Dvor’s beautiful architecture, you can buy pretty much everything there.
The Eliseyev Emporium (Nevsky Ave, 56).
The famous shop whose history dates back to the year 1903 boasts a spectacular lavish décor and offers a range of exquisite delicacies — perhaps, the best in town. Do not miss if you have a sweet tooth!
The Anichkov Bridge.
The famous bridge was mentioned in the works of Pushkin, Dostoevsky, and Gogol. Framed by four statues of horse tamers, the ornate structure is also the oldest bridge over the Fontanka River.
Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace (Nevsky Ave, 41).
The strikingly beautiful pink building designed in the neo-baroque style was the last Russian private palace of the 19th century. It used to be the venue for lavish balls and musical events attended by famous Russian composers including Pyotr Tchaikovsky.
Alexander Nevsky Lavra.
Founded by Peter the Great in 1710, the Alexander Nevsky Lavra is an Orthodox complex comprising a male monastery, a neoclassical cathedral, and two baroque churches. The buildings are surrounded by a nice park and cemetery museums where famous Russian people are buried. If you want to see the resting places of Dostoevsky, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, or Lomonosov, this is the place to go!
Nevsky Avenue is so rich in places of interest, it’s impossible to cover all of them here. In fact, the street is a tourist attraction in itself — an open-air museum! Come here and see everything with your own eyes!