Gostinyi dvor

The term Gostinyi dvor (Гостиный двор), literally translated as “guest court” or “merchant yard”, defines a Russian indoor market or shopping center. These types of structures originated around the 15th and the 16th centuries, and they were originally squares or galleries where merchants came together and managed their businesses. These places evolved into bigger buildings… Continue reading

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2 Most Famous Writers of Russian Fables And Fairy Tales

Russian fables

2 Most Famous Writers of Russian Fables And Fairy Tales Russia has a long tradition of fairy tales and fables. Krylov is the most famous writer of fables, and he is considered the Russian La Fontaine. On the other hand, Afanasyev’s fairy tales are regarded as the Russian equivalent to the Brothers Grimm’s ones. Ivan… Continue reading

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JFC Jazz club

JFC Jazz club is the most famous underground jazz club in St. Petersburg. It always attracts an interesting crowd of jazz fans of different ages. Unlike a lot of other jazz venues, here the music isn’t just in the background. This place is just for music lovers, not for people who want to spend the… Continue reading

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Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra in St. Petersburg

This year Russia and The Netherlands celebrate 400 years of diplomatic ties. Many are the events held in both countries, including festivals and concerts. One happening that you should not miss is the concert of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra in St. Petersburg. The renowned Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra was founded in 1979. It is a group… Continue reading

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Lermontov’s birth anniversary

I would make any sacrifice but this; twenty times I can stake my life, even my honour, but my freedom I shall never sell. Why do I prize it so much? … What am I aiming at? Nothing, absolutely nothing. From A Hero of Our Time (Герой Нашего Времени) Today we celebrate Lermontov’s birth anniversary.… Continue reading

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What You Need To Know About Russian Dachas

Russian dachas

What You Need To Know About Russian Dachas The term dacha (дача) defines a summer or year-round second home often located in the exurbs of the city. The word dacha in archaic Russian means something given. In fact, the first dachas began to be given by the Tsar Peter the Great to loyal vassals. The… Continue reading

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Zing Bar

Zing Bar (Зинг Бар) is a new cocktail bar opened in 2012. It stands out in St. Petersburg for its wide selection of cocktails and its wicked soundtrack. The bar has a young and stylish look: it is glossy and intimately lit, but you will always be able to distinguish other people’s faces. It is… Continue reading

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Kazan Cathedral

Kazanskiy Sobor (Казанский Собор) is a cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church on Nevsky Prospekt. It is dedicated to the most venerated icon in Russia, Our Lady of Kazan (Казанская Богоматерь). The church has an unusual look for Russian standards, since it was modeled after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Construction started in the beginning… Continue reading

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