Kolomna

The most romantic district of St. Petersburg which spans across eight islands. The silence, few tourists, preserved architecture of nineteenth century provide a fascinating experience. Plunge into the city history and enjoy the splendor of princeling palaces.

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A unique memorial of industrial architecture of the early Classicism is represented by two man-made islands in the estuary of Neva river. The famous arch, through which rafts passed, can be found in architecture school books throughout the world.
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Prince Aleksandr Mikhaylovich, a grandson of Nicholas I, and Great Princess Ksenia Aleksandrovna, a daughter of Emperor Alexander III. Couple’s daughter, Irina, married Felix Yusupov and on the fateful night of December 17, 1916, served as bait in the “hunt” for Rasputin. Grigori Rasputin, a close friend if the Imperial family, one of the most mysterious persons of Russian history, was killed in the night at the Yusupov Palace on the Moyka River. Felix Yusupov was among the conspirators.
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Constructed in 1897-1899 by master of the so-called “brick style” Victor Alexandrovich Schröter. High quality ceramic tile was used for cladding. Seven triangular section Gothic bay widows give the mansion a romantic silhouette and expand the view from inside in the direction of Moika river. Artistic workshops with wide windows are situated on the upper floor.
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A collection of Renaissance shapes, a mixture of the so-called Vienna Secession with Parisian Louis Seize styles. Alexei Alexandrovich had the largest body among the Romanovs. He was a confirmed bachelor, ladies’ man and enthusiast of French cuisine.
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Millionaire’s mansion which once belonged to Consul of Holland in St. Petersburg. Simultaneously, a palace and farm in the heart of the capital.
The rendezvous of two beautiful couples: ballerina Anna Kuznetsova and Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolayevich, and Tsesarevich Nicholas (later Nicholas II) and Mathilde Kschessinska.
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The house is adjacent to the gloomy Priazhka river, which is mentioned more than once in the works of Alexander Blok. The poet lived here from 1912 to 1921. Currently the building houses his apartment museum.
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The biggest synagogue in Europe. Constructed in the Arab- Moorish Revival style.
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A luxurious neo-Renaissance tenement building constructed in the beginning of the 20th century. The house was owned by a renowned entrepreneur, “the chocolate king” R.G. Vege.
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A glorious memorial of Elizabethan Baroque, the main temple of Russian military navy.
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The Mariinsky Theatre is about to leave its historical building and transition to the new stage, behind the Kryukov Canal at Mariinsky 2. The so-called “second stage” is equipped with the most advanced theatre machinery and has enough space for large rehearsal rooms, big warehouses for the stage sets, a large concert hall and several smaller concert chambers as well as a traditional theatre cafe.

As for the repertoire, the artistic director of Mariinsky Theatre Valery Gergiev recommends the opera trilogy Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner (performed in Russia only); Verdi’s La Traviata staged by the British director Claudia Solti; Levsha (Left-Handed), an opera based on a story by Nikolai Leskov and Musorgsky’s drama Khovanshchina.

The concert hall of Mariinsky Theatre has excellent acoustics, the work of the Japanese architect Yasuhisa Toyota, that have already received high marks both from the singers and the audience. Organ performances, operas, orchestra and solo performances by the Mariinsky musicians and visiting international stars can be enjoyed here and should not be missed.