General Staff Building
The east wing of this magnificent building, wrapping around the south of Dvortsovaya pl and designed by Carlo Rossi in the 1820s,...
This vast expanse is simply one of the most striking squares in the world, still redolent of imperial grandeur almost a century after...
Glinka Capella House
This historic hall was constructed for Russia’s oldest professional choir, the Emperor Court Choir Capella, founded in 1473. Originally...
This is the most central branch of the excellent vegie-cafe chain. It serves up the same excellent fare, including great vegetarian...
Dvortsovaya Ploshchad information
The monumental Dvortsovaya ploshchad is one of the most impressive and historic spaces in the city. Stand well back to admire the palace and the central 47.5m Alexander Column named after Alexander I and commemorating the 1812 victory over Napoleon. It has stood here, held in place by gravity alone, since 1834. It was in this square that tsarist troops fired on peaceful protestors in 1905 (on a day now known as Bloody Sunday), sparking the revolution of that year. At least once a year, in summer, the square is used for free outdoor concerts; the Rolling Stones and Roger Waters have played here.