The first in 2021 “St Petersburg Kaleidoscope” thematic tour took place on the Day of the complete lifting of the Siege of Leningrad

29 January 2021

Participants of the free tourhave learned a great deal about the life of besieged Leningrad.

On Wednesday, January 27, on the Day of the complete lifting of the Siege of Leningrad, a thematic tour "The Siege Unknown" took place in St. Petersburg. The tour was the first event of the St. Petersburg Kaleidoscope project held in 2021. The organizer of the free tour is the St. Petersburg State Budgetary Institution "City Tourist Information Bureau".

"The Siege Unknown" is a walking route dedicated to the lesser-known pages of the heroic defense of Leningrad. The duration of the tour is 1.5 hours. The tour beganat the Palace Square, then continued along Nevsky Prospect towards Vosstaniya Square and ended at the Fontanka River Embankment, 21.

The sightseers were shown the famous public warning message at Nevsky Prospect, 14 - one of those solemn inscriptions on buildings, that at the time of the Siege were stenciled on the sides of streets where passers-by were most vulnerable from artillery shells. The tour included a stop at the memorial plaque to the blockade loudspeaker at Nevsky prospect, 54. These loudspeakers were the only source of information for the citizens of besieged Leningrader.

Among the objects of the excursion were the monuments to the cats Elisey and Vasilisa, a memorial sign "Siege Polynya (water opening)" and electrical substation, which supplied current for the operation of trams during the Siege. Besides, during the tour one could see one of the most beautiful places in St. Petersburg - Anichkov Bridge. On the granite pedestal of the famousKlodt sculpture, the traces from one of the 148,878 shells fired at the city are purposelyleftunrestored to stir the memory of passers-by. A small bronze plaque marks this pedestal.

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"St. Petersburg Kaleidoscope" project, developed by the St. Petersburg State Budgetary Institution "City Tourist Information Bureau" with the support of the "Radioguide" company, offers free walking tours of the city with audio accompaniment. The first thematic excursion named"The New Year Eve`s Tale of St. Petersburg" took place on December 27, 2019.

As part of the previous excursion "Milepost Zero" that was held in October 2020, visitors learned about the Postal Quarter - an authentic collection of unique monuments, architectural and art objects that open up little-known pages of the city's history.