Take a stroll down St Petersburg’s most famous street, Nevsky Prospekt, and take in some of the city’s most famous sights.
As one of the world’s most beautiful cities, St Petersburg is a city that offers a truly unforgettable and memorable experience. This grand and imperial metropolis has a lot to offer its visitors, from world class museums and an extraordinary history to a vibrant nightlife and some breath-taking and exquisite architecture.
While most of St Petersburg’s sights are concentrated in a relatively small area of the city, you’ll discover some exquisite architecture and some of the most famous and UNESCO World Heritage sites by taking a stroll down Nevsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg’s main boulevard and one of the best-known streets in the whole of Russia.
Beginning at the Admiralty building that borders the embankment of the Neva River, the 4.5 km-long thoroughfare that slices through the city, stretches all the way to the Monument to Alexander Nevsky, of which the street was renamed after.
If you like Art Nouveau buildings, Russian Orthodox churches, cafes, shopping, picturesque canals or simply looking to save some money on your sightseeing, then Nevsky Prospekt is the best place to visit.
Loosely based on the St Paul’s Basilica in Rome, Kazan Cathedral is one of the most striking piece of architecture you’ll pass on the Nevsky Prospekt. Neoclassical in style, it boasts long colonnaded arms that reach out into the avenue, drawing you into what is one of the most beautiful church interiors I have ever visited.
When you walk past Gostiny Dvor, you may not realise at first that this is in fact a department store. Occupying a good length of Nevsky Prospekt, this beautiful arched building is home to a range of small shops that sell a myriad of goods including souvenirs, jewellery, perfume and clothes. It is also known as one of the best places to purchase Caviar in the whole of St Petersburg.
Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood
Although not technically located on Nevsky Prospekt, the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood can be enjoyed and is clearly visible from the avenue. As an icon of St Petersburg, it is a sight worth visiting. While you can enjoy the architectural splendour for free, entrance to visit its impressive interior comes with a small fee of 250 RUB for adults. It is definitely worth a visit inside as its walls and ceilings will blow you away…
Noticeable with its modern “Zara” department store signs, Mertens House was once a fur store pre-revolution. Now it is home to the Zara clothing and home store. Although the building may look a little on the dull side from the outside, its neoclassical design still makes it one of the historical buildings on Nevsky Prospekt, and its interior still has some of its original features.
Now a house of books, this beautiful building is pretty noticeable as it has a wonderful art nouveau style facade and a glass dome on the roof that supports a globe. While it now holds more books than you can cream of, it was once the headquarters of the Singer Sewing Machine Company in Russia.
The Russian Museum
While walking along Nevsky Prospect (with your back facing Gostiny Dvor) take a look and you’ll spot the famous Art Square and the yellow facade of the Russian Museum. It is home to the country’s largest collection of Russian Art and the Ethnographic Museum which is supposedly quite an interesting exhibit.