Iconic symbol of St. Petersburg – the Bronze Horseman

Situated behind St. Isaac’s Cathedral (Исаакиевский собор) on Senate Square (Сенатская площадь) stands the famous monument of Saint Petersburg, the Bronze Horseman (Медный всадник). The empress Catherine the Great commissioned the French sculptor Étienne Falconet to design the statue. Finally unveiled in 1782, the work of art took 12 years in total to complete and… Continue reading

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The 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty

After the mixed up Times of Troubles following the death of Ivan IV, a spark of hope came from the ascension to the Russian throne of Mikhail Romanov (Михаил Романов) in 1613. This event marked the beginning of the Romanov reign. The Romanovs ruled Russia until 1917, and 2013 marks the 400th anniversary of their… Continue reading

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The Kunstkamera, Russia’s first museum

The Kunstkamera (Кунсткамера) is Russia’s first museum ever, established by Peter The Great at the start of the 18th century. It is the home to Peter The Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology (Музей антропологии и этнографии имени Петра Великого), and it is located near the Hermitage, on the opposite side of Neva. The most… Continue reading

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Discover St. Petersburg Museum of Circus Art

Russia has always been famous for its circus art. Many theatrical and movie directors were inspired by the circus for their works. For instance, Vsevolod Meyerhold (Всеволод Мейерхольд) started his career at the circus, and Sergei Eisenstein (Сергей Эйзенштейн) used many circus tricks in his movies. So, it is no surprise that the first museum… Continue reading

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Top tips: State Memorial Museum of the Defence and Siege of Leningrad

On April 1st I visited the State Memorial Museum of the Defence and Siege of Leningrad. The name on the outside of the building remains the outdated Музей Обороны Ленинграда (The Leningrad Defence Museum). It’s located at  Соляной переулок, 9, about a 15 minute walk from the school. Entrance is only 100 RUB for a Russian… Continue reading

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