Vera Fyodorovna Komissarzhevskaya

This excursion is dedicated to an outstanding Russian actress, best known for her role of Nina in Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull"

  • points of interest 1 ,
  • squares 1 ,
  • streets 2 ,
  • theaters 2
7 km, 986 m
Masters of Arts Necropolis

Masters of Arts Necropolis

St. Petersburg, Ploshad Alexandra Nevskogo

It's located on the territory of one of the cemeteries of the Alexander Nevsky Lavra

Necropolis "Master of Arts" is located in the former Tikhvin Cemetery of the Alexander Nevsky Lavra. Its establishment refers to the end of the 1930s. In the necropolis preserved monuments of outstanding representatives of Russian culture and art of XIX-XX centuries.

Writers, writers, poets: E.A.Baratynskomu, P.A. Vyazemsky, N.I.Gnedich, I.F.Gorbunovu, A.A.Delvig, F.M.Dostoyevsky, V.A.Zhukovsky, A. E.Izmaylov, I.A. Krylov.

Composers: A.S.Arenskom, M.A.Balakirev, A.P.Borodin, D.S.Bortnyanskom, A.K.Glazunov, M.A.Glinka, M.P.Mussorgsky, N.A.Rimsky- Korsakov, P.I.Tchaikovsky.

Artists: F.A.Bruni, A.A.Ivanov, I.N.Kramskoy, A.I.Kuindzhi, B.M.Kustodiev, A.P.Ostroumova-Lebedeva, L.O.Premazzi, I.I.Shishkin.

Pushkinskaya Street

Pushkinskaya Street

St. Petersburg, Pushkinskaya ulitsa

It was named after a great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin

Pushkinskaya Street (until 1881 Novy Avenue, Kompaneiskaya Street), between Nevsky Prospect and Kuznechny Lane. It was named after Alexander Pushkin. The street was built in 1874 and actually is a creation of architect P.Y. Suzor, who designed symmetrical corner buildings 1 and 2 (1874-75), and then apartment houses 3, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 (1876-78). Buildings 4 and 6 were constructed in the 1870s (architect V.I. Slavyansky), building 16 - in 1875-76 (architect I.A. Merz), buildings 17, 18, 20 - in 1875-81 (architect A.V. Ivanov), building 19 - in 1878-87 (architect N.F. Becker). In 1884, the monument to Alexander Pushkin (sculptor A.M. Opekushin, architect N.L. Benois) was unveiled in the public garden on Pushkinskaya Street. Pushkinskaya Street is a rare example of town-planning of the second half of the 19th century and the entire development was executed in the style of high eclecticism. The following historic figures lived on Pushkinskaya Street at different times: in 1884-93 - actress P.A. Strepetova (building 10), in 1899-1904 - astronomer F.A. Bredikhin (building 14); F.I. Chaliapin and actor M. V. Dalsky lived in furnished apartments of Palais Royal (building 20), et al. In the late 20th century, building 10 became a centre of informal public association "Pushkinskaya-10" (see Free Culture).

2 km, 459 m
Mayakovskogo Street

Mayakovskogo Street

St. Petersburg, ulitsa Mayakovskogo

Named after a famous Soviet poet-futurist Vladimir Mayakovsky

Mayakovskogo Street, between Nevsky Prospect and Kirochnaya Street. It was built in the first half of the 18th century, and was called Srednyaya Pershpektiva , in the middle of 19th century - Shestilavochnaya Street, then - Nadezhdinskaya Street; in 1936, it was renamed after V.V. Mayakovsky, who lived in Building 52 in 1915-18. Until the middle of the 19th century, the street remained a suburban road; in the second half of the 19th - early 20th centuries, it was built up with apartment houses (Buildings 25, 43 and 44 date back to an earlier period, they have been preserved without any considerable alternations).

Building 21 was owned by Russian Insurance Society (1903, 1912-13, architect A.A. Gimpel); the lot 36-38 is occupied with the Art Nouveau apartment house of N.V. Chaykovsky (1905-06, civil engineer M.Y. Kapelinsky, 1908-09, architect M.A. Songailo). Building 18 housed the editorial office of journal Otechestvennye Zapiski in 1878-81, Building 5 was a home for Obstetric and Gynaecological Society headed by Professor D.O. Ott (today - Snegirev Maternity Hospital № 6). In Building 15, Central Administrative Board of State Horse-Breeding was quartered since 1843 (1834-35, architect Z.S. Krasnopevkov, reconstructed). M. Gorky lived in building 11 in 1899-1901, lawyer A.F. Koni lived in Building 3 in 1916-27, writer V.B. Shklovsky - in Building 33. Building 13 was owned by the statesman and military figure Count A.P. Ignatyev.

1 km, 152 m
Alexandrinsky Theatre

Alexandrinsky Theatre

Saint Petersburg, Ploschad Ostrovskogo, 6

One of the oldest russian extant dramatic theatres 

The Russian State Pushkin Academy Drama Theater - the legendary Alexandrinsky Theater - is the oldest Russian national theater. It was founded by the Senate’s Decree, signed by Empress Elizabeth (daughter of Peter the Great) on August 30, 1756, the day of Saint Alexander Nevsky. This theater is the progenitor of all Russian theaters and the date of its foundation is the birthday of the Russian professional theater. Foundation of the theater gave a start to the Russian state policy in the field of theater arts.

Here, at the Alexandrinsky Theater, took place premieres of practically all plays of the Russian drama classics: from the "Woes of Wits" by A. Griboyedov to the plays by A. Ostrovsky and A. Chekhov.

During the season of 2005/2006, the Alexandrinsky Theater had undergone a general reconstruction, resulting in restoration of the historical image of the building’s interiors. At the same time, the Alexandrinsky will turn into one of the most technically perfect theater venues.

The grand opening of the reconstructed Alexandrinsky Theater took place on August 30, 2006, in the course of celebration of the 250th anniversary of the oldest state drama theater of Russia. The opening of the renovated Alexandrinsky stage became the culmination of the anniversary festivities and was held in the presence of the state leaders.

2 km, 600 m
Komissarzhevskaya Academic Drama Theatre

Komissarzhevskaya Academic Drama Theatre

St. Petersburg, Italyanskaya street, 19

Alisa Freindlich started her creative career on this stage

The theatre was opened on October, 18, 1942 as the City Theatre. In autumn 1944 it was renamed into Leningrad Drama Theater. On this stage Alisa Freindlich, Igor Dmitriev started their creative career, young and yet unknown dramatists Daniil Granin and Alexander Galich represented their plays. In 1959 it was named after Vera Komissarzhevskaya.

On October, 18, 1942, during the most severe period of the siege, a new theatre City Theatre was opened with a perfomance of Russian people by Konstantin Simonov. Its troop was formed from artists of Radiocommittee and Drama Theatre named after A. Pushkin and I. Gorin, I. Sonne were directors. Later artists of New Theater for Young Audiences and agitation troop of Red Army joined the main troop. The theater strengthened the moral courage and helped to survive. Leningradites called it Besieged.


612 m
Konushennaya square

Konushennaya square

St. Petersburg, Konushennaya pl.

The building of Konyushenny yard (house №1) was constructed on the left side of Moyka River in 1720-1723. Konyushennaya square laid out to the south of the building

The southern part of the area was given to the Court-Stables Department since 1730. Many residential buildings, forges and barns were built on the square to 1733. The Konyushennaya square was used as a gathering place for the court visits.

The construction of the new building for Konyushenny yard (house №2) started in 1794. The building blocked the lane between Malaya Konyushennaya street and Konyushennya square. Stable office, flats of the officers, cart house and museum were situated there.

While the Kazan Cathedral was built in 1800s, Konyushennaya square became the settlement for its builders. Temporary barracks with kitchens and bakehouses were built for approximately 1000 people.

Konyushenny yard was rebuilt after the project of an architect V.P. Stasov in 1816-1823. A compositional centre of the southern façade was Holy Face Church of the Horse Stables.

In 1883, the Chapel (architect L. Benois) was moved to the Konyushennaya square from the place of the attempt of  Alexander II.

The funeral of Alexander Pushkin took place in the Holy Face Church of the Horse Stables on the first of February 1837.The church was dismantled in 1892.

1 km, 12 m