Anichkov palace was constructed in the XVIII century to be the first stone palace on Nevsky prospect. Initially the palace was known as “the palace at the Anichkov bridge”. The bridge in its turn was called after the officer who commanded battalion that performed the construction the bridge over river Fontanka. During the XVIII century the palace would be presented by empress Elisabeth and later on by empress Catherine II to their minions, in the XIX century the palace was owned by the royal family. Today it houses the Youth activity palace with a number of clubs for children’s activities: art, science, sport, technical science, social activity, feasts and theater shows are given. The main New Year feast “Yolka” is celebrated here.
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