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Top Choice Monastery in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Alexander Nevsky Monastery

The Alexander Nevsky Monastery – named for the patron saint of St Petersburg – is the city's most ancient and eminent monastery. Peter the Great made a mistake when he founded the monastery on this spot at the far e…
Museum in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Anna Akhmatova Museum at the Fountain House

Housed in the south wing of the Sheremetyev Palace, this touching and fascinating literary museum celebrates the life and work of Anna Akhmatova, St Petersburg’s most famous 20th-century poet. Akhmatova lived here f…
Museum in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Museum of the Defence & Blockade of Leningrad

The grim but engrossing displays here contain donations from survivors, propaganda posters from the blockade period and many photos depicting life and death during the siege. You'll see the meagre bread rations as t…
Cultural Centre in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Loft Project ETAGI

This fantastic conversion of the former Smolninsky Bread Factory has plenty to keep you interested, including many of the original factory fittings seamlessly merged with the thoroughly contemporary design. A young …
Museum in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Dostoevsky Museum

Fyodor Dostoevsky lived in flats all over the city (mostly in Sennaya), but his final residence is this ‘memorial flat’ where he lived from 1878 until he died in 1881. The apartment remains as it was when the Dostoe…
Museum in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Grand Maket Rossiya

Russia in all its grit and glory – from the industrial sprawl of Magnitogorsk to the glittering domes of Moscow – is on full display at this vast recreation of the motherland in miniature. One huge room contains mou…
Arts Centre in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Lumiere Hall

In a once-industrial part of the city, Lumiere Hall hosts large-format multimedia exhibitions – basically massive 3D projections in a 360-degree space, with audio commentary on the works displayed and the artists be…
Museum in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Museum of Decorative & Applied Arts

Also known as the Stieglitz Museum, this fascinating establishment is as beautiful as you would expect a decorative arts museum to be. An array of gorgeous objects is on display, from medieval furniture to 18th-cent…
Cathedral in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Trinity Cathedral

The Trinity Cathedral boasts stunning blue cupolas emblazoned with golden stars. A devastating fire in 2006 caused the 83m-high central cupola to collapse, but it has been fully restored and now looks even better th…
Historic Building in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Smolny Institute

Built by Giacomo Quarenghi between 1806 and 1808 as a school for aristocratic girls, the Smolny Institute was thrust into the limelight in 1917 when it became the headquarters for the Bolshevik Central Committee and…